INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict in Philippines
Compiled by Jessica Blomqvist (July 2005)
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Muslim Minority in the Philippines
Article written by Abhoud Syed M. Lingga, as posted on MILF’s (Moro National Liberation Front’s) website. (Presented during the SEACSN Conference 12-15 January 2004)
The site provides a detailed map as well as encyclopaedia entries on the Philippines.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection – Philippines Maps
This University of Texas-based website provides various maps of the Philippines.
News Sources - Email Lists
This site publishes both national Philippine news as well as international news.
This website provides information on Asian countries/regions, including a country guide of the Philippines as well as some relevant news.
The Asian Pacific Post
This online news source presents regional (Asia Pacific) news on a fortnightly basis.
Business World Online
Online business news source that also reports on political and social events in the Philippines.
An Asian TV News channel that provides online news and information on global developments with Asian perspectives.
The Daily Tribune
Daily Philippine online news source.
The Manila Times
Internet edition of the Manila Times, published daily.
This Mindanao online news source offers news and coverage of Mindanao events, people and issues.
Sun.Star Network Online
Online network of local community newspapers in the Philippines.
Asia Times Online
This website offers up to date news on Asian and Middle Eastern affairs, including Philippine.
BBC News – Country Profile: The Philippines
The country guide gives an overview of the political background, leaders, general facts and media of the Philippines, as well as links to other related topics.
Online gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters, administred by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Provides latest news on the situation in the Philippines.
This news network offers the latest news on (humanitarian-related) events in the Philippines as well as the rest of the world.
This website contains news headline links relevant to the Philippines (online news sources include the BBC, Reuters and AFP).
National and Local Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Congress of the Philippines, House of Representatives
Use the site search engine (write, for instance, ‘mindanao conflict’) for list of documents relevant to the Philippine conflict.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Use the site search engine (write ‘mindanao conflict’) for list of statements and press releases relevant to the Philippine conflict.
Office of the President – Republic of the Philippines
The site contains news, statements and speeches as well as a power point presentation of the National Initiative for Muslim Mindanao.
The Official Governmental Portal of the Republic of the Philippines
Included on this site are news top stories as well as statements and speeches on a number of issues, including the situation in the Mindanao area.
The National Statistical Coordination Board
The website provides information on, for instance, data on number of peace talks held, the number of agreements reached, number of former rebels provided with assistance and unemployment rate.
External Governmental Institutions and Agencies
The CIA World Factbook
This web site offers basic information on aspects such as people, government, economy and military of the Philippines.
FCO Country Profile on the Philippines
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides a detailed country profile of the Philippines that include information on recent history, recent political developments, economy as well as on the human rights situation in the country.
http://www.fco.gov.uk ........ (1388)
Library of Congress, the U.S. - A Country Study: Philippines
A detailed country guide to Filipino historical setting, society and environment, economy, government and politics as well as national security, posted at the website of the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress (the U.S).
USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) – Philippines
A description of USAID projects in the Philippines, including conflict resolution in the Mindanao province.
International Multilateral Organisations (IOs)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The UN global development network aims at establishing the foundations for peace and security as well as development generally. This websites provides information on their Philippines-related projects.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR
Several documents related to the refugee situation in the Philippines are posted on the UNHCR website, including the ‘2003 UNHCR Statistical Yearbook Country Data Sheet’.
United Nations in the Philippines
The UN website for the Philippines contains information on the history of the UN in the country, the UN country team, news as well as various publications.
International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
Asian Development Bank - ADB
A multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. The website contains information on the economic performance of the countries in the region, including the ‘Country Economic Review – Philippines’ and a ‘Philippines Country Report’.
The International Monetary Fund - IMF
This section of the site offers country information on the Philippines’ economic and developmental performance etc.
The World Bank – Documents and Reports
The World Bank website contains links to various documents and reports related to the Philippines and the conflict in Mindanao, for instance a working paper on gender and post-conflict situations.
http://www-wds.worldbank.org ........ (1396)
International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs), Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Amnesty International – Library online documents
AI’s online documentation service provides a list of documents relevant to the human rights situation in the Philippines.
The Asia Foundation
This NGO is committed to a peaceful, prosperous and open Asia-Pacific and they have specific programmes in the Philippines where they work for peace and development in Mindanao.
Catholic Institute for International Relations (International Cooperation for Development)
A number of reports on the development of the Philippine conflict are posted on this organisation’s website – use their search engine (for example, type ‘Philippines’).
Catholic Relief Services
This organisation combines humanitarian relief with peacebuilding in the Mindanao province of the Philippines, as well as in other parts of the world.
http://www.catholicrelief.org ........ (1400)
This website contains a number of documents related to the Philippines, see in particular the publication ‘Accord’.
European Conflict Prevention Centre
The website of this Netherland-based NGO contains contact information to a few local NGOs working with conflict resolution in the Philippines.
The Global IDP Project
This NGO works for the protection and assistance of people who have been displaced within their own country. The site below presents a number of links to news relevant to the Philippine conflict.
http://www.db.idpproject.org ........ (1403)
Philippine European Solidarity Centre (PESC-KSP)
PESC-KSP supports Philippine NGOs and other organizations in their efforts to build a just and sustainable society in the Philippines. They also provide a list of partner NGOs (both national and international) and links to their websites.
Project Ploughshares – An Ecumenical Peace Centre of the Canadian Council of Churches
The organisation provides an annual Armed Conflicts Report that contains information on numbers of deaths, political developments, parties, arms sources etc.
Local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations, Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
This NGO offers psychosocial help to human rights victims through relief and rehabilitation services. They seek to protect and promote human rights generally and work specifically with internally displaced families and communities but also with political detainees who have been released from prison. The site below provides contact information to the organisation.
Center for the Promotion of Peace and Development in Mindanao (CPPDM)
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (Contact emails)
Consortium of BangsaMoro NGOs and POs in Mindanao
This organisation is made up of 31 Mindanao NGOs and POs. It works to ‘advance the social, cultural, economic and political agenda of the BangsaMoro; to free ourselves from the bondage of all forms of deception, deprivation, oppression and aggression; and to uphold our rights to live in a just, progressive and peaceful society.’ The site below provides contact information to the organisation.
Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc.
Originally set up to encourage Muslim-Christian dialogue in Mindanao, this NGO now also works with ‘community organizing and cooperative-building; livelihood development; advocacy and campaigns for environmental protection and responsible government; women, literacy and health; relief and rehabilitation; day-care for children; and value education.’ firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalilintad – Website on Moro Issues and Struggles
This website is presented by a number of Mindanao NGOs and contains contact information, for instance to the Moro Human Rights Center, Inc.
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs (MINCODE)
This Coalition of Mindanao NGOs and people’s organisations works for an ‘integrated and comprehensive development agenda for Mindanao.’
Moro Information Agency
The site offers a Moro Islamist perspective on the Philippine conflict and contains various news reports as well as various conflict related documents.
The Moro Islamic Front
The MILF website contains various articles, documents and statements related to the conflict in the southern Philippines.
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
This organisation is an alliance of Filipino human rights organisations and institutions and, for instance, works for justice and against militarisation, state repression and ‘development agression’ etc. email@example.com
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
The mission of this Filipino organisation is: ‘to protect the rights and promote the interests of political prisoners and other victims of human rights violations, and create awareness of their rights and of basic human rights concepts and principles.’
Women’s Action Network for Development
This network of NGOs works for gender equality and women’s rights and their website contains contact info to a number of organisations active in the Mindanao area as well as other parts of the Philippines.
Articles, Papers, Reports, Agreements
1996 Peace Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front
Peace Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
ABS-CNN News – Profile on the Abu Sayyaf
This web page offers information on the history of the Abu Sayyaf Group as well as relevant news.
Breaking the Links Between Economics and Conflict in Mindanao
International Alert discussion paper presented at the ‘Waging Peace’ conference, Manila December 2003.
http://www.international-alert.org ........ (1419)
Compromising on Autonomy - Mindanao in Transition
Accord publication including several articles on the Mindanao conflict. (Published in 1999/2003 by Conciliation Resources)
Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Southern Philippines: A Discourse on Self-Determination, Political Autonomy and Conflict Resolution
A lecture presented at the Islam and Human Rights Fellow Lecture, organized by the Islam and Human Rights Project, School of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, November 04, 2003.
Islam and the politics of Identity: Lessons from the Philippines and Southeast Asia, by Frederico V. Magdalena at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Discussion of the importance of identity (religion, ethnicity and culture) for conflict in the Philippines and elsewhere.
The Mindanao Peace Talks – Another Opportunity to Resolve the Moro Conflict in the Philippines. USIP Special Report 131.
Special report by the Philippines Facilitation Project of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) that discusses the present prospects for sustainable peace and development in the southern Philippines. (February 2005) “This report explains the origins of the conflict, the evolution of the peace process, and the challenges facing both sides. It also recommends measures for a successful resolution.”
The Moro Conflict and the Philippine Experience with Muslim Autonomy
Paper for CCPCSAP Workshop, Canberra, September 2002. (Centre for Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University.)
Southern Philippines Backgrounder: Terrorism and the Peace Process (ICG Asia Report No 80, 13 July 2004)
This International Crisis Group report provides a thorough description of the Philippine conflict, terrorism and the peace process.
http://www.icg.org ........ (1426)