Philippine missionaries call for tribal people abuse probe

Appeal comes after various groups call for ‘self-governance’

Philippine missionaries call for tribal people abuse probe

A student activist displays a placard calling for an end to attacks on tribal schools during the observance of International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. (Photo by Mark Saludes)

A group of missionary sisters called on government and church leaders in the Philippines to look into the situation of tribal people who have been complaining of abuse and discrimination.

Sister Famita Somogod of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines said the church has an “obligation to combat discrimination” and should “always side with those in the margins.”

The nun issued the statement following calls by various tribal groups for “self-governance” during a three-day meeting of 12 indigenous people groups in the southern region of Mindanao last week.

Sister Somogod also urged the government to “investigate and act” on human rights violations perpetrated against tribal communities. Read more at….

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