The peace talks between the Philippine government (the Government of the Philippines or GRP) and the communist revolutionary group represented by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have been on and off, albeit some back-channel talks. The peace talks are a part of the whole peace negotiation process, one that has taken three decades.

But the peace negotiations have not been totally unsuccessful. One of the four substantive agenda based on the agreed framework of the talks have reached an agreement—that is the agreement on human rights and international humanitarian law, or formally known as Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). It was signed in 1998 or 12 years after the peace negotiations started.

In this peace talks reader, we answer the basic questions about the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Know what is at stake and what is your stake.

Did we cover the basic stuff? Care to find out more? Send us questions on this topic that you want to be answered and maybe we will include it in this reader.

References:

The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992

The NDF Framework in Contrast with the GRP Framework by Jose Maria Sison

Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) of 1995

Joint Agreement on the Formation, Sequence and Operationalization of the Reciprocal Working Committees (RWC) of the GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panels of 1995

Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) of 1998

Joint Statement on the Resumption of the Formal Talks in the Peace Negotiations Between the GRP and NDFP

Joint Statement on the Second Round of Talks Between the GRP and the NDFP

Joint Statement on the Successful Third Round of Formal Talks Between the GRP and NDFP in Rome, Italy

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