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NPA's continued use of mines, IED violates IHL: PH Mission to UN

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora / Philippine News Agency

Poster courtesy of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.

MANILA – The New People's Army (NPA) continued use of landmines and improvised explosive devices is a clear violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva said Thursday.

In a tweet, it tagged and sought support from UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and other UN offices.

"[The] continued use by New People’s Army of mines and improvised explosive devices that kill and maim civilians in wanton violation of IHL is unacceptable," it said.

"Their most recent terrorist attacks killed a Filipino athlete and others and injured young people. This madness must stop," it added.

The IHL is a set of rules to limit the effects of armed conflict and protect civilians who are not participating in the hostilities. It also restricts the means and methods of warfare.

Kieth Absalon, a football player of the Far Eastern University (FEU), and his cousin Nolven Absalon were killed on Sunday after an anti-personnel land mine (APM) went off while they were cycling in the area.

The Communist Party of the Philippines and NPA, its armed wing, took responsibility for the incident. (PNA)



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