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International Crisis Group at Work: Sri Lanka
International Crisis Group at Work: Sri Lanka
The Normalization Process in the Bangsamoro Faces Rising Uncertainty
The Normalization Process in the Bangsamoro Faces Rising Uncertainty
Video / Asia

International Crisis Group at Work: Sri Lanka

Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Project Director, discusses Crisis Group's push for a full accounting of war crimes committed during the country's civil war — prerequisite for a genuine, lasting peace on the island.

International Crisis Group at Work: Sri Lanka

In this video, Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka Project Director Alan Keenan discusses Crisis Group's push for a full accounting of war crimes committed during the country's civil war — prerequisite for a genuine, lasting peace on the island. CRISIS GROUP
Op-Ed / Asia

The Normalization Process in the Bangsamoro Faces Rising Uncertainty

Originally published in The Diplomat

Delays in the decommissioning of Moro rebels and other measures threaten the fragile peace in the newly created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

Two years into the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the peace process that put an end to decades of war in the Southern Philippines may be running into a rough patch.

Leading the interim government, the former rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are making headway in building up the new entity’s institutions and passing key legislation ahead of the new region’s first elections, due in 2022, but delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic now threaten to push that important deadline. Another key element of the 2014 peace deal between the rebels and the Philippines government is also languishing: the so-called “normalization process,” an ambitious combination of measures that aim to demobilize Moro Muslim fighters, transform their camps into peaceful and productive communities, establish a transitional justice process, and carry out a series of confidence-building initiatives. This process was off to a relatively good start, but here again COVID-19 has considerably slowed the process down over the past year, raising the risks of frustration among ex-combatants and civilians alike.

In a historic moment, a third of the MILF’s estimated 40,000 combatants, who had been operating in the jungles of Mindanao for over four decades, laid down their arms in early 2020. But due to the pandemic, the next round of decommissioning has not moved beyond the planning stages. While discussions about how to fast-track the process are ongoing, a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is likely to complicate things further.

The full article can be read on The Diplomat's website.