The following information was sent by Manuel Domes, Projcet Manager for Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD)
This Monday, July 14, forumZFD officially launched its publication entitled “Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process” in Davao City’s Apo View Hotel. The event was opened by Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, President of the Ateneo de Davao University, emphasizing that “finding agreement on the nuanced concepts fixed in documents on the negotiating table may be important, but affixing signatures to peace agreements or to a new Bangsamoro Basic Law does not insure peace, nor insulate the future from the evils and wrongdoings of the past”.
Through the publication, forumZFD seeks to contribute to a broader understanding and deeper discourse on transitional justice in the Bangsamoro. The publication’s first part reviews conceptual developments in the field of transitional justice, as well as insights from the implementation of transitional justice measures. It then moves on to lessons learned in the regional context, as well as past experiences with pursuing transitional justice in the Philippines and Mindanao. The final part of the publication leads the discussion into perspectives on transitional justice in the Bangsamoro context. Multiple understandings of truth, justice, reparation, and reconciliation will need to inform an eventual transitional justice program for the Bangsamoro. Localizing transitional justice also implies affirming communities’ distinct concepts of memory, trust, forgetting, and forgiving as important building blocks for transitional justice.
Based on the findings by writers from the Philippines, Argentina, Bosnia, Indonesia, and South Africa, the publication’s editors conclude that “only a transitional justice program of a well-defined scope and of participatory nature, which is locally contextualized, can pave the road to reconciliation and make good on the Framework Agreement’s threefold promise of addressing the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, correcting historical injustices, and addressing human rights violations”.
Yesterday’s launch was among others covered by Carol Arguillas of MindaNews http://www.mindanews.com/peace-process/2014/07/15/compulsory-reading-on-transitional-justice-in-the-bangsamoro-launched/
For the full transcript of Fr. Joel Tabora’s welcome address, please see http://taborasj.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/transitional-justice-and-the-bangsamoro/
The web version of the publication is also accessible at http://www.scribd.com/doc/233661369/Moving-Beyond-Towards-Transitional-Justice-in-the-Bangsamoro-Peace-Process
A more detailed report of the launching event will follow soon on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/forumZFDPhilippines
We look forward to further engagements and succeeding launching events around the publication. Hard copies of the publication can be made available upon request.