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Letter of concern to the government of India with regard to the government’s position on the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework

April 7, 2015 Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister Government of India Dear Prime Minister Modi, This is with reference to India’s written response on World Bank’s consultation on the “Update and Review of the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework”. We are alarmed in particular at the Government of India’s position on ESS 7[1]:

Press Release: Indigenous peoples raise concern over India’s position on world bank safeguards

The adivasi and tribal peoples in India, together with indigenous organizations and support groups are alarmed by the position of the government of India regarding the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework particularly ESS7 on indigenous peoples. In a letter of concern initiated by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and endorsed by 56 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 26 civil society organizations stated that the Government of India’s position is extremely problematic.  While a certain number of India’s domestic laws require consent from adivasi and tribal peoples on the use of their lands and resources, other ...

Indigenous Peoples and National Human Rights Institutions in Asia: Good Practices and Challenges

This publication is a compilation of studies on the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. It aims to assist indigenous peoples’ communities, organisations and advocates in establishing a better understanding of how these specific NHRIs operate and to seek opportunities for the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights in the work of these NHRIs. Click Here to download 

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples Ramp Up their Engagement with UN Mechanisms and Procedures

Siem Reap, Cambodia. Indigenous peoples in Asia formulated their advocacy action plan for more organized and sustained engagements with UN mechanisms and on the ASEAN platform. Common statements and reports were agreed upon and tasks were assigned to those attending the 2015 sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [EMRIP], and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. These were the results, among others, of the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and hosted ...

Briefing Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Women to their Lands, Territories and Resources in Asia

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This briefing paper by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) highlights some of the key and common challenges faced by indigenous women in Southeast Asia in relation to their collective rights to land, territories and resources, such as a) continuing loss of lands, territories and resources due to the establishment of conservation areas, commercial exploitation, land grabbing, forced eviction and displacement from ancestral lands, b) the non-implementation of constitutional, legislative and policy provisions concerning indigenous women’s rights as well as c) political repression, militarization, persecution and extra judicial killings of indigenous land rights activists. Click Here to download the publication

AIPP Press Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015

Upscale the Recognition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Key to Forest-Based Solutions to Climate Change For Immediate Release 21 March 2015 Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and they coincide with areas that hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. This is the result of indigenous peoples’ historical stewardship and practice of low carbon and sustainable ...

Briefing Paper: The Impacts of Land Dispossession on Indigenous Women

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This briefing paper highlights the specific conditions of indigenous women, who comprise a major segment of indigenous communities where development projects are being implemented in India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. In the midst of restiveness against corporate take-over of their lands, territories and resources, the indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women, are grappling with the consequences of their resistance and finding means to forward the advocacy of the recognition and protection of their rights and welfare. The oft-repeated phrase “Land is life” never rang truer or louder than today among indigenous women, who have traditionally been bearers and keepers of seeds and ...

Business and Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences with Access to Remedy

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This book represents an important step towards addressing the issues and challenges which have been observed by the Working Group (UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) in relation to access to remedy at this nexus between the role of the State, the responsibility of corporations and the situation to remedy under the Working Group’s mandate, and the fundamental importance to indigenous peoples of redress for corporate related impacts on their rights. A solid and effective access to remedy pillar is of fundamental importance to the success of the Guiding Principles. Without ...

Gender Manual: Good Practices and Lessons Learnt by an Indigenous Peoples Organization

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We are not born with Gender. We are not given it at birth. It is something that we do. It is something that we perform and it is socially constructed. We are all surrounded by gender from the minute we are born. Questions like ‘is it a boy or girl?’ set the tone of our social construction of gender from before we can remember. Gender is present in all of our institutions, actions, beliefs, culture and relation­ships. Gender is a part of all cultures, including indigenous and non-indigenous communities alike. Yet, we are rarely afforded the time to explore notions ...

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 ...