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Claiming Our Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Standing for the Rights of All Marginalised Sectors

Chiang Mai, Thailand 10 December 2016  Claiming Our Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Standing for the Rights of All Marginalised Sectors Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact for International Human Rights Day 2016 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) staunchly claims indigenous peoples’ rights and firmly stands for the rights of all marginalised sectors across the globe this International Human Rights Day 2016. This year, the world has seen grave violations, neglect and outright disregard for basic human rights. AIPP denounces any actions that curtail any human rights, which perpetrate fear, want and desperation in the hearts of the people. Indigenous peoples ...

Position Statement of Indigenous Peoples on Emission Reduction Program of Nepal

Reiterating the fact that Nepal has ratified the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No.169, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and voted for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reminding the fact that the Cancun Agreement on REDD+ Safeguards (2010) and the Climate Change Paris Agreement recognize Indigenous Peoples’ rights, Demanding that, as we, the Indigenous Peoples have an intrinsic relationship with the Nature, our rights over natural resources, including our lands and territories be recognized and that our rights to self-determination including the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) procedure be ensured, The Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal declares the following points as ...

Joan Carling, a woman land rights defender

Interview with Joan Carling “Whatever happens to the land directly affects indigenous women in a profound manner. It is like taking the fish out of the water, when they experience loss of land.” Joan Carling is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines and former Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). In this interview, she discusses the crucial role of indigenous women in the struggle for land rights and the impacts of land rights violations on women. As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, we are highlighting the work of women land rights defenders and ...

Statement on 16 days of Activism on Gender Based Violence

Dear Members, Partners and Allies, We, indigenous women of Asia, mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with this year’s theme: Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence Against Women and Girls. We call for sustainable financing for the efforts to end violence against women and girls towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We, indigenous women, are estimated to be 50% of the 260 million Indigenous Peoples in Asia yet we are disproportionately marginalized. Because we are relentlessly discriminated against on the basis of the intersectionality of our gender and our ethnicity, we suffer multiple forms of ...

Indigenous women in Asia meet for the 3rd annual regional exchange

30 indigenous women from eight countries in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for AIPP’s 3rd Exchange Visit with the theme: Building and Strengthening Women’s Networks in the Mekong Region and South Asia last November 30, 2016. Supported by local host Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), the indigenous women participants from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mainland and Northeast India, Nepal and Cambodia actively engaged, shared and collaborated over the course of the four-day event, particularly on their experiences of climate change within their respective contexts. At the end of the event, these women left with a strong and progressive statement to be ...

Statement: We Stand With Standing Rock! Stop Attacking Water Protectors!

23 November 2016 A Joint Statement by International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Organization for Self Determination and Equality (IOSDE) On the night of November 20, 2016, over 400 Water Protectors gathered on a bridge near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, United States and were violently dispersed by police forces in the name of the corporate-owned Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The security forces were in riot gear and used water cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas and sound cannons against the Water Protectors, who were weaponless ...

Dialogue meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the UN: Documents

Note on the Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the UN 11-12 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand The purpose of the Dialogue Meeting was to provide Indigenous participants from all seven socioeconomic regions the opportunity to consider and consolidate their positions and strategies with respect to the specific issues raised in the PGA’s final compilation report (A/70/990). Key Issue A: Venue for Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation Key issue A addresses the question of where in the UN indigenous peoples’ participation should be enhanced. Key issue A is elaborated upon in paragraphs 9 – 24 of the PGA’s final compilation ...

Asia Indigenous Women’s Recommendations for Climate Change Policy-Makers

On 30th of October 2016, 32 indigenous women from eight countries1 in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)’s 3rd Regional Exchange Visit. Over the four-day event, the participants shared experiences; best practices and lessons learned on the impacts of climate change in their communities, such as creating conservation zones in watershed areas and surrounding forests and adjusting cultivation calendars to adapt with irregular weather patterns. Below is the summary and recommendations. Despite our diversity, we, indigenous women across Asia are experiencing common challenges: irregular and unreliable weather patterns are leading to food insecurity and loss ...

Statement: Denounce Corporate Greed and Prioritise Protection of Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability

Statement of Solidarity of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact to the Peoples of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)* stands with the Native Americans, activists and water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, USA in denouncing corporate power and demanding state accountability. AIPP supports the full protection of the Missouri river and the territory of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This project is an outright violation of the treaty agreement between the US government and the Sioux tribe with their inherent collective right to their lands, territories and resources. ...

Malaria, murder and occupational hazards of indigenous activists in the Philippines

by Alisa Tang | @alisatang | Thomson Reuters Foundation CHIANG MAI, Thailand, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A little over a decade ago, indigenous activist Joan Carling from the Philippines Cordillera region lost three colleagues in the space of a few years – all murdered in one of the world’s deadliest countries for land rights defenders. Then came her turn: a relative in the military told Carling’s father his daughter’s name was on the “order of battle”, the Philippines military’s list of people, including activists, who are deemed enemies of the state. “When you are on the order of ...