In 2004, the United Nations Secretary General’s Report on the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies described transitional justice as the “full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a society’s attempt to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale abuses committed in the past, in order to achieve accountability, serve justice, and achieve reconciliation.” Initially conceived in the context of transitions from authoritarian regimes to democracy, the relevance of transitional justice eventually evolved to include transitions from armed conflict to post-conflict contexts and as such, it has become integral to peace processes.
The siege is the flash-point of what terrorism research expert professor Rommel Banlaoi says is a problem we shouldn’t have ignored when the Maute group first made their presence felt
Whether or not the recent sighting of 100 or so suspected Maute militants in Buldon, Maguindanao is true or not, the fact remains that as long as frustrations of the people especially of the youths over the lack of genuine or fast efforts of government to address their long list of Moro legitimate grievances against the government, more and more violence in Mindanao will continue to besiege us all. Even if every armed Moro group would side with government in its so-called war on terror, the threats of war and/or terrorism will stay. This is because these enemies of the government feast on the legitimate grievances of the people – and they are exploiting these effectively.
The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore publishes the research findings of their fellows on various topics of regional and global import. The publications also come as briefs to which that I fortunately subscribe. I sometimes post these briefs on my Facebook page.
Acts of violent extremism, such as the attacks in Barcelona earlier this month, are becoming a routine feature of the global security landscape. Such threats require little in the way of military infrastructure but are instead reliant upon a social capacity to fatally persuade individuals – often, but not always, young men – to believe in extremist values.