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International Humanitarian Law Violations

of the CPP-NPA-NDF

From the ambush and assassination of off-duty troops and government workers to indiscriminate civilian executions, the CTG through its armed component, the New People's Army, has repeatedly and systematically violated human rights and international treaties that have been in effect for nearly seventy years.

"International humanitarian law is a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict.

It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.

International humanitarian law is also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict."

CIVILIAN KILLINGS

The Geneva Conventions are composed of four major treaties and three additional protocols that establish international legal standards for humanitarian treatment in war.

The Fourth Geneva Convention concerns itself with the protection of civilians in areas of armed conflict. It dictates that civilians and uninvolved parties are to be protected from murder, torture, or brutality and to be treated with dignity with no exception in times of war. 

Over the past decade, there have been a recorded 296 civilian killings at the hands of the New People’s Army, however the true count is believed to be much higher, especially in far-flung rural areas where the presence of the NPA is strongest.

Anti-Personnel Mine Use

The Ottawa Treaty of 1997 is also known as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is a treaty designed to eliminate the use of Anti-Personnel Mines (or APMs for short) completely. APMs are controversial as they are indiscriminate in nature; harming both civilian and soldier alike.

Placed to deter movement in a certain area, the repercussions of their use is horrific. The ICRC maintains that victims who survive typically require amputation, multiple operations and prolonged physical rehabilitation, commonly suffering permanent disability – with serious social, psychological and economic implications.

Over the past decade, there have been a recorded 296 civilian killings at the hands of the New People’s Army, however the true count is believed to be much higher, especially in far-flung rural areas where the presence of the NPA is strongest.

Child Warriors

The Geneva Conventions are composed of four major treaties and three additional protocols that establish international legal standards for humanitarian treatment in war.

The Fourth Geneva Convention concerns itself with the protection of civilians in areas of armed conflict. It dictates that civilians and uninvolved parties are to be protected from murder, torture, or brutality and to be treated with dignity with no exception in times of war. 

Over the past decade, there have been a recorded 296 civilian killings at the hands of the New People’s Army, however the true count is believed to be much higher, especially in far-flung rural areas where the presence of the NPA is strongest.

Since its foundation in 1968, the Communist Party of the Philippines has been responsible for the murder of thousands of Filipino civilians. The exact number of casualties is unknown, especially in far-flung rural areas where the influence of the NPA is prominent, but estimates range from anywhere between 30,000 to 53,000 Filipinos killed since the 1970’s.