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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 ...

Indigenous Peoples of Asia shared their experiences in REDD+ at Climate Change Talks in Warsaw (COP 19)

Nov. 15 2013, Warsaw, Poland Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) organized a side event “Experiences on REDD+ and Its Implication for Indigenous Peoples in Asia” at the Nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP 19) on 12 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) moderated the side event. The side event was successful in presenting the ground experiences and the lessons learned by indigenous peoples of Nepal, Indonesia and Cambodia to the international communities. The representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society organizations, governments, youth and students attended the side event. 

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Nov 3-10, 2013)

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 Nov. 2013 Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples. We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo the self-selection process and inform about their representatives to the partnership. Letter for ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Asia (Oct 25-31, 2013)

Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) – Commission on Status of Women Fifty-eighth session (2014) Published On Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Priority theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Indigenous people in Asia account for an estimated two thirds of the world’s indigenous peoples – estimated to be around 370 million. Compared … Submission to CEDAW: General Discussion on Rural Women Published On Thursday, October 31, 2013. Written Submission to the General Discussion on Rural Women,  (Held on 7 October 2013) ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Asia (Oct 21-25, 2013 )

Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) Network in Asia Published On Tuesday, October 22, 2013. “Advancing our collective rights, defending our communities!” We, Indigenous Peoples human rights defenders representing 17 organizations from nine countries in Asia gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 16-19, 2013, discussed and shared our issues, experiences and challenges we are facing on the ground and strategies … Malaysia: Malaysia’s indigenous block dam construction Published On Friday, October 25, 2013. Communities in Sarawak state protest against hydro electric project that they say will submerge their homes and land. Hundreds of Malaysian indigenous people ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Asia (Oct 7-11, 2013)

Coalition calls for indigenous representation in REDD+ Partnership Published On Thursday, October 10, 2013. Indigenous people should have a permanent representative in a partnership of 75 countries that aims to decrease the global carbon footprint through reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), a civil society coalition says. Asia- and Australia-based members of the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG), … Myanmar: Press release – HURFOM releases “Disputed Territory” to highlight unjust land acquisition in Mon areas Published On Wednesday, October 09, 2013. The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) has released a report titled “Disputed Territory: Mon farmers’ fight ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Sep 15 – 20, 2013)

Human Rights Council 24th Regular Session: Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) by Joan Carling, Secretary General Published On Wednesday, September 18, 2013. We wish to emphasize that as contained in the report, the non-recognition of indigenous peoples by many Asia states as distinct peoples with collective rights remains  a big challenge. The violations to the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources in the context of extractive industries and militarization of indigenous communities are among the key issues faced by indigenous peoples in Asia….. Human Rights Council 24th Session: Statement of the Asia Indigenous ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Sep 9 – 14, 2013)

Bangladesh: Land dispute in CHT may not be resolved Thursday, September 12, 2013. The electoral commitment of the government for resolving the land dispute—the thorn in the relations between ethnic minorities and settlers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts—may go unfulfilled, as it is yet to pass the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2013. … Cambodia: Ethnic Minorities File Illegal Logging Complaint A group of 12 ethnic minority villagers in Ratanakkiri province have filed a complaint with the provincial court over what they claim is collusion between other villagers and local authorities to illegally log luxury timber from 193 ...

Statement: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project

To:YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud22nd Floor, Wisma Bapa MalaysiaPetra Jaya, 93502 KuchingSarawak, Malaysia Mr. Torstein Dale SjotveitChief Executive Officer,Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)No. 1, The Isthmus,93050 Kuching,Sarawak, Malaysia Subject: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project We, indigenous organizations from Malaysia and Asia, are deeply concerned about the Sarawak State Government’s actions against the Indigneous Penans protesting the impounding of water at the Murum Dam in Ulu Belaga, Sarawak.

Appeal for support for the indigenous peoples affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines

November 13, 2013 Dear Friends, As you may all know, the Philippines is now under a state of calamity with the massive and widescale destruction of lives and properties  by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest typhoon recorded in history early this month. The coverage from various media outfits show part of the damage wrought by the typhoon in the Visayas region. What is not yet being publicized is also the situation of many indigenous communities who live in far flung communities and are now isolated because of the massive damage in their areas and the lack of communication facilities. Many ...