AIPP Annual Report 2015: Strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ Movements

For 2015, AIPP achieved significant achievements in the expanded implementation of its programmes at all levels—local, national, regional and global. These achievements include the widening reach of AIPP’s information dissemination, increased skills and capacities of individuals including women and IP organizations, and significant contribution to positive policies and guidelines relating to indigenous peoples. It has further strengthened the solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples at the regional level, while increasing the support at the local level. AIPP has expanded its regional staff and strengthened its management and staff capacities. Likewise, the Executive Council continued to provide guidance through its regular meetings and as convenors of the programmed committees; and represented AIPP in its advocacy engagements.

The work on the empowerment of indigenous youth as the second liners of the indigenous peoples’ movements in the region has also advanced. They have increasing participation in indigenous organizations, networks and movements and are playing key roles in awareness-raising and advocacy at all levels such as those from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, and Nepal among others. However, a more targeted and sustained programme for indigenous youth and women capacity building is still needed to optimize their potentials to be key actors and leaders; and to contribute the most to indigenous movements while ensuring that their specific issues and concerns are properly addressed.

The capacity building initiatives of AIPP have likewise diversified based on the needs and priorities of members and partners such as skills development on media and communications, and documentation on natural resource managements. For 2015, 4,009 individuals (composed of indigenous leaders, men, women, and youth) have benefited directly from the capacity building activities of AIPP including increased knowledge on relevant national laws and policies, and key global developments relating to indigenous peoples.

In terms of advocacy, AIPP has taken key roles and significantly contributed in advocating for the recognition of IP rights at the global processes such as the review of the World Bank Policy on Indigenous Peoples, the UN 2030 Development Agenda known as Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change and Biodiversity processes, and Business and Human Rights among others. At the regional level, AIPP continues to coordinate and sustain the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD), the Indigenous Voices in Asia Network (IVAN), and the Climate Change Monitoring and Information Network (CCMIN) as broader channels for information exchange. Further, AIPP has expanded significantly its collaboration and networking at the regional and global levels with IP and civil society organizations, institutions and networks, resulting with greater support and attention to indigenous peoples in Asia and making their issues more visible.

While the indigenous peoples’ movements are advancing, the threat to the lives and security of indigenous peoples human rights defenders has also increased. Adding to this is the growing concern on the shrinking space for civil society in many countries with states passing laws that limit the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and restrictions in generating support from other countries.

With these growing challenges, AIPP remains steadfast in its aim to continue supporting indigenous peoples in the region for them to be able to effectively assert and defend their rights.

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