International groups condemn aerial bombing in Bukidnon

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The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) and Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle condemned the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the bombing of a New People’s Army (NPA) camp in Malaybalay City on December 25, 2023. The groups said the bombing, which used excessive or disproportionate force against the small and poorly-defended NPA camp, is against international humanitarian law (IHL).

They said such bombing is “inherently indiscriminate”, endangers the lives and livelihoods of civilians and causes extensive destruction to the environment. It disrupted peace, brought widespread fear, panic and trauma among residents in nearby communities and destroyed forest resources that serve as source of food and livelihood. The disproportionate force also inflicted unnecessary harm and suffering to Red fighters.

Meanwhile, 14 youth groups from the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Palestine, West Papua, the US and Canada came together to call for an end to the bombings in Palestine, India, Myanmar and the Philippines. They say the imperialists and their accomplices are using brazen bombing, strafing and shelling against civilians under the guise of “crushing” armed movements that prevail in the countries mentioned.

Youths condemned the killing of more than 24,000 Palestinians in Gaza by Zionist Israeli bombing. More than 70% of the victims were women, children and teenagers. They also denounced the aerial drone attacks in Bastar, Chattisgarh and Telengana in India and the ongoing bombing campaign of the Marcos regime in the Philippines. In Myanmar, groups condemned at least 643 airstrikes launched by the military junta that seized state power in 2021.

International groups condemn aerial bombing in Bukidnon