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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 ...

PRESS RELEASE: Tribal Women Leaders Unite Against Violence


NEW DELHI: Tribal women leaders from cross cultural and geographical boundaries gathered in the capital to reflect on growing violence against tribal women. In a national Workshop on “The Situation of Tribal Women in India”, held at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, they discussed on common issues such as discrimination on the basis of their gender and ethnicity, forced displacement, depletion of their natural environment and resources, loss of territories, militarization, maoist violence, trafficking and migration, poverty and denial of socio-cultural rights etc.

Call for Award Nominations: IVA Awards for Outstanding Reporting on Indigenous Peoples 2014


Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is organizing the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award for second successive year to salute the media professionals and practitioners who devoted their time, talent, and efforts to covering the real situations and issues of the indigenous peoples being engaged with print, radio, television, online and, documentary film. The 2014 IVA Awards is for media practitioners who have made outstanding reporting for (1) Promoting Indigenous Peoples’ Visions and Practices of Sustainable Development and (2) Mainstreaming Local Struggles of the Indigenous Peoples.

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples strengthen engagements with the United Nations and solidarity with the Ayta people of central Philippines


Tarlac, Philippines—Forty-sevenindigenous peoples representatives and experts from 12 different countries in Asia converged in the Philippines for the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples from March 12-14, 2014, inTarlac City, TarlacProvince in Central Luzon, Philippines. According to Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga KatutubongMamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and host of the international activity, “The continuing violations of our collective rights through development aggression, land grabbing, militarization, among others, are common issues to indigenous peoples across Asia. Indigenous peoples delegates would carry these issues to the UN and urge states to undertake ...

Media, IPs from Asian countries visit Radyo Sagada


Indigenous peoples and media practitioners from five Asian countries visited Radyo Sagada, a community radio established by indigenous peoples in Sagada, Mt. Province. The visit to the community radio was part of a Skills Sharing and Exchange Activity held led by Asia Indigenous People’s Pact and Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) The activity is under the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Project. Dipta Chakma, regional project coordinator of IVA, said that the IVA Project aims to increase understanding of indigenous people’s issues through effective reporting and broadcasting, and to improve indigenous peoples’ access to information. “Through IVA ...

Asian indigenous peoples, media participate in the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Skills Sharing Workshop


Quezon City, Philippines–Indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples rights activists and media practitioners from five countries in Asia gathered in Manila to share their skills and experiences in engaging with the media on indigenous peoples’ issues in the region. The Skills Sharing and Exchange Workshop was held in the University Hotel of the University of the Philippines Diliman from January 22-23. “Indigenous peoples across countries face the same problems of being under-reported or misrepresented in media. These are some of the reasons why we are raising the capacities and knowledge of the media and indigenous peoples to more effectively tell the stories ...

Submission of AIPP to UNPFII, International Expert Group Meeting on sexual health and reproductive rights of Indigenous Women in Asia

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, International Expert Group Meeting: Sexual health and reproductive rights: articles 21, 22 (1), 23 and 24 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Asia  Written by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) In the light of existing inequities in health care provision that impact negatively on the health of indigenous peoples in general, and indigenous women in particular, a research project was undertaken to look into the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH) Gaps among Indigenous Peoples in Asia. This study was ...

Cambodia Indigenous Women’s Human Rights Trianing on Documentation and Advocacy


The first-ever Cambodia Indigenous Women’s National Human Rights Training on Documentation and Advocacy was held in Phnom Penh on December 3-6, 2013 participated in by 29 indigenous women and three indigenous men leaders together with advocates from national and regional indigenous peoples organizations, and national NGOs. The participants were sent by Bunong, Suy, Kui, Tampoun, Stieng, Jarai, Chorng, Prov and Por peoples from Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Koh Kong, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Preah Vihear, Pursat, Ratanakiri, Steung Treng provinces. The participants are members of the indigenous peoples organizations namely, the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), Highlanders Association, Indigenous Rights Active Members, ...

Regional Exchange Workshop on UNDRIP and Human Rights Advocacy


The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) conducted the Regional Exchange Workshop on UNDRIP and Human Rights Advocacy on 12-15 November 2013 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  AIPP member-organisation Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA) hosted the workshop which was participated by 25 participants (13 men and 12 women) from  member/partner-organizations from Cambodia, Nepal, Northeast India, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. This workshop is part of the programme to promote the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It provided a forum for exchange of experiences and knowledge and cross-learning among the participants with regards to their work  in capacity ...