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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Press Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Forests

WE CALL ON GLOBAL SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLES AND OUR LAND, TERRITORIES AND RESOURCES For Immediate Release 21 March 2016 The home of the world’s remaining forests, the planet’s biodiversity and rivers are in indigenous peoples’ territories. However, rampant large-scale development projects without regard to the environment and the indigenous peoples inhabiting these, are threatening to wipe out population and extract resources. In order to address climate change, combat deforestation and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) stresses on the need to recognize the collective land rights of indigenous peoples. “On the ...

Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

WE DEMAND LAND RIGHTS NOW! On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign. “This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the ...

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

This week has been both a time for celebration and reflection, as Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) commemorated International Women’s Day in solidarity with women, men and children across the globe. Every year, AIPP, along with several other local civil society organisations who are working on the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, organizes the annual march and rally in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On March 8th, the AIPP Secretariat members gathered at 3 Kings Monument in Chiang Mai and along with 300 other members of civil society and the wider community, including women with HIV, sex workers, members of ...

Strengthening Solidarity for Indigenous Women’s Land Rights in 2016

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, every 8th of March, AIPP joins hand with women and men across the globe in the spirit of solidarity in advancing gender equality and social justice for all. We also take this opportunity to acknowledge indigenous women’s invaluable contributions and roles in community welfare and development in all dimensions. In most indigenous communities, it is the women who serve as primary caregivers to children, elderly family members and the sick. It is the women who are the holders and teachers of the traditional knowledge passed down through generations. It is indigenous women who are the main food producers and managers of ...

Situation of the right to health of indigenous peoples in Asia

Submission by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) for the “Study on the Right to Health and Indigenous Peoples with a Focus on Children and Youth” of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Introduction As the most comprehensive international standard on the rights of indigenous peoples so far, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) provides that, among others, indigenous peoples have the right, without any discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social condition, including sanitation and health.

Ganing Momentum: Building on Our Initiatives And Strengths towards Securing Our Rights To Forestland and Resources, Sustainable Forest Management Livelihoods and Food Security

Statement Delivered During Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016 February 26, 2016 Clark, Pampanga, Philippines We, leaders of organizations of indigenous peoples, local forest based communities and enterprises and family smallholders in 16 countries in Asia thank the organizers of Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016, as well as our apex organizations Asian Farmers Association (AFA), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and network partner Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Program –Asia (NTFP-EP) , who brought us here , with the support of FAO Forest and Farm Facility, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swedish Society for Conservation and ...

The story of Pipoy and Bandam: The aspirations of Lumad children for a free and Lumad-relevant education

This documentary presents the experiences of Lumad children living in communities that are under attack due to resistance against militarization and resource extraction activities such as foreign large-scale mining, plantation and the like. Pipoy and Bandam represent the aspirations of Lumad children whose dreams include acquiring a free and Lumad-relevant education that is constantly put on hold by the ongoing attacks against their school, their teachers, and the whole community.

Malaysia: Stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang immediately

24 January 2016 – Civil society organizations around the world, in a petition today, condemned the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, and called for dropping all the charges against her immediately. The organizations affirmed that the targeted prosecution of Lasimbang, among other rights activists, is indicative of closing space for civil society in Malaysia and urged the Government to put an end to it in order to uphold values of democracy and human rights. More than two hundred organizations have signed on to the petition sent to the Malaysian ...

Voices of indigenous women human rights defenders from the Philippines

The non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to their ancestral lands in the Philippines remains to be their core problem. The laws and policies promulgated by the Philippine government, especially those that pertain to the use and ownership of lands, deprive the indigenous peoples the right to manage, own, control and utilise their territories and resources found therein. The government’s economic policies of liberalisation, privatisation, and deregulation facilitate the massive encroachment and influx of various extractive industries into indigenous peoples’ ancestral territories which undermine indigenous peoples’ right to self- determination. The indigenous women human rights defenders in the Philippines have been ...

Indigenous Women and Human Trafficking in the Mekong Region: Policy Overview and Community Response

In 2015, with the support of Oxfam, AIPP conducted an investigation into the status of trafficking of indigenous women in the Mekong region. The results served as a preliminary analysis of current government and non-government policies and the responses of the affected communities. The study engaged the perspectives of 15 respondents; from community members and civil society representatives working in the field, as well as indigenous women survivors of trafficking. This Briefing Paper introduces the root causes of human trafficking among IW in the region, including low levels of education, sparse economic opportunity, and the prevalence of undocumented status have ...