CHR condemns ‘cruel and inhuman’ Jolo bombings

Published August 25, 2020, 11:30 AM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) strongly condemned the recent twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu deeming it “cruel and inhuman,” going on to call on the government to investigate the incident and hold the perpetrators accountable.

Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN)
Commission on Human Rights

“No one should be made to suffer from such violence,” said Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia of the twin bombings that occurred Monday, killing at least 15 persons, including seven soldiers. It also injured 77 others.

Police believe the explosions were carried out by two female suicide bombers.

De Guia expressed frustration as to the timing of the twin bombings, with the country observing International Humanitarian Law Month.

“We call out the perpetrators of this bombing for their blatant disregard for protection granted to civilians against such assaults,” she said. “As this year’s theme stresses, preserving human dignity is a shared responsibility and we, likewise, urge non-State parties to respect this call in defense of human rights.”

De Guia said terrorists have no other intent than to sow fear and conflict, and it is even more alarming that it was carried out in the middle of a health crisis.

“We extend our sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who died because of this senseless violence, as we pray for the healing of those who have been hurt,” said de Guia.

Meanwhile, the CHR through its concerned Regional Office will be conducting its own probe on the incident in the hopes of giving justice to victims.