Rights advocates say policies neglect needs of displaced people in Mindanao

Government policies are neglecting the needs of residents displaced by the Marawi siege and of the Moro people affected by escalating military violence in Mindanao, a global coalition of human rights advocates said.

In its second report on alleged human rights violations in the Philippines, Investigate PH said military operations in Mindanao are “perpetuating violence against and entrenching the marginalization of Moro communities.”

The report read, “Government policy neglects the needs of displaced Marawi residents and Mindanao Moros, and violates their right to self-determination.”

Up to 400,000 residents of Marawi City in the province of Lanao del Sur and neighboring areas were displaced at the height of the fighting in 2017. Four years after pro-Islamic State militants laid siege to the predominantly Muslim city, about 87,230 individuals remained displaced, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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