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Press release: Winners of Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Awards announced on International Women Day

INDIGENOUS VOICES IN ASIA AWARD, 2015 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) Announces the Winners for the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award March 8th- on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact – AIPP is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the award is, “Issues and concerns of indigenous women in Asia in relation to the post 2015 sustainable development agenda”. This Award is initiated by the AIPP to encourage wider multimedia attention to indigenous peoples. Media experts and indigenous ...

Media dialogue in ASEAN concludes

Two-day ASEAN Media Dialogue held in Bangkok concluded on Thursday making a regional and country-wise plan for making better networking and giving more visibility to the indigenous peoples in the media.  The dialogue was conducted by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in financial assistance from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The dialogue brought a total 40-media professionals both from IPs and non-IPs, IPs activists, media organizations from 9-different South East Asian nations namely Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philiphines, Malaysia, Timor Liste, and Laos. The media dialogue focused on the emerging issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in ASEAN. 

Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia have bitter tales to tell

In the advent of 21st century, the South East Asia saw the tremendous advancement of science and technologies, fast-paced growth in industrialization, westernization, tremendous escalation in economy, development and to boast further, the governments in the region are preparing for the economic integration—free trade and movement by 2015. But the Indigenous Peoples in South East Asia continue to face serious problems like massive violation of their rights to land, territories, and resources, some of which endanger their very survival in this changing environment, say participants sharing their issues and concerns in the first day of 2-day ASEAN media dialogue, held ...

IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights

Chiang Mai, Thailand – “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Announces Recipients for the 2014 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award

23 August 2014 – on the occasion of a-month-long celebration of the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9th of August 2014, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2014 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the “2014 IVA Award” was for outstanding reporting on (1) Promoting Vision of Indigenous Peoples on Sustainable Development and (2) Mainstreaming Local Struggles of the Indigenous Peoples. The finalists were ranked based on the scores received from the jury members.

AIPP Book on Cordillera Heroes Launched

“Fifty years of the Cordillera people’s struggle come alive in the pages of this book. The sacrifices and great examples of our Cordillera heroes are our inspiration, as we  pursue the continuing people’s movement for land, life, self determination, and the common good.”  This blurb captured what the book Cordillera Heroes stands for. Published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the book contains life stories of 23 men and women in the Cordillera region, Philippines who gave up their lives in the pursuit of social justice.

AIPP shows solidarity to indigenous peoples in Thailand on World Indigenous Peoples Day and supports for the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Council of Thailand

The 18 secretariat members of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pacts (AIPP) from across Asia showed solidarity and support to the Thai indigenous peoples on the International day of the World Indigenous Peoples by participating in and assisting in the Indigenous Peoples day celebration organized by the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) and its allies in Chiang Mai on August 8-9, 2014. The Secretary General of AIPP spoke on the   World Indigenous Peoples Conference being organised by the UN General Assembly. This celebration was attended by more than 400 peoples from all the different hill tribes of Thailand. It ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples to celebrate International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995–2004). The Second International Decade, from 2005–2014, was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2004 with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” The focus of this year’s International Day is “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”. The following indigenous peoples organizations from Asia will celebrate this year’s international day of the world indigenous peoples:

Press Release: World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to disregard their existing obligations to indigenous peoples. When the Bank announced it would be revising these standards (previously contained in an ad hoc set of eight separate policies) ...

India NGO CEDAW Shadow Report And status of Adivasi/Tribal Women in India for the 58th Session of CEDAW

This report presents the issues of adivasi/tribal women who came together to voice their concerns at state, national and international levels. The Inter State Adivasi Women‘s Network (ISAWN) and Indigenous Women‘s Forum of North East India (IWFNEI) together started the preparation process of this report. This report reflects the situation of Adivasi/tribal peoples across India who are facing human rights violations to their individual and collective rights. Indigenous women are experiencing multiple layers of discrimination and violence not only because they are women, but also because they are indigenous. Thus, this report makes reference primarily to CEDAW but also included ...