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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 ...

A building made from mud and straw is cool

BY LOH FOON FONG The heat from the afternoon sun disappeared quickly as I stepped into an unusual mud building. Inside, it felt cooler by several degrees, even without air-conditioning. I had just entered an office built with bricks made of rice husk and straw combined with fine mud. This was the new secretariat for the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) near Chiangmai, Thailand. AIPP secretary-general Joan Carling said, “It’s good to demonstrate that we live up to our commitment to promote the environment,” she said during the office inauguration recently. AIPP is a regional organisation of indigenous peoples’ movements to promote ...

Leave no one behind – SDGs and Indigenous Peoples

This animation video, titled “Leave No One Behind – SDGs and Indigenous Peoples”, aims to introduce what is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for indigenous peoples. In the video, you will also find some of the demands of indigenous peoples across the world to make the 2030 Agenda slogan “Leave No One Behind” a reality and what IPs can contribute to ensure that the Goals are achieved without indigenous peoples being left behind. The video is produced by AIPP in partnership with the Digital Mixes and was launched during AIPP 7th General Assembly in September 2016.

Statement: The Outright Violation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression

20 October 2016  Chiang Mai, Thailand  The Outright Violation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression  Statement of Solidarity of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact The violent dispersal of the indigenous peoples’ peaceful assembly on 19 October 2016 at the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines is beyond deplorable and calls for immediate retribution. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) condemns the overt violation of the rights of indigenous peoples and other protesters to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. The violent dispersal involved the training of water cannons at the protesters, lobbing of tear gas, and ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives for Land Rights Recognition in Asia

This document is our latest publication on land rights, which was printed out and distributed during the 7th AIPP General Assembly in Chiang Mai, 27 – 29 September 2016. The publication provides examples of a range of initiatives and strategies of indigenous peoples in Asia in asserting their land rights that could serve as lessons for other indigenous groups and communities around the world to learn from. One of the initiatives is the activities to support the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights or also known as the #landrightsnow campaign. The study covers six Asian countries ...

Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the United Nations

The Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the United Nations is initiated and co-hosted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Sami Parliament of Norway and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA). This is an open-ended dialogue meeting, open to all interested indigenous peoples’ representatives. The purpose of the Dialogue Meeting, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 – 12 November 2016, is to provide Indigenous representatives the opportunity to consider and consolidate their positions and strategies with respect to the specific issues raised in the PGA’s compilation of views and elements for discussion. The Dialogue Meeting is ...

Int’l Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples celebration across Asia

August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and it is being celebrated across Asia. This year, the regional theme is “Protect our rights, our lands. Checkout the different activities per country! August 9 is observed as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples based on the United Nations General Assembly resolution 49/214.  

AIPP Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016

Statement of AIPP on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016: “Protect our rights, our lands!” Salute from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact! Indigenous brothers and sisters, We proudly celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples under this year’s Asia regional theme and call to “Protect our rights, our lands!” We urgently need to address the continuing violations of our collective rights as indigenous peoples, particularly our rights to our lands, territories and resources which are the bases of our identity, wellbeing, dignity and collective survival and development. More than 200 million of the estimated 370 ...

Actions needed to ensure the inclusion and visibility of indigenous peoples in the implementation of the SDGs

  HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT UN Headquarters, New York July 11-21, 2016 Session 15: From Inspiration to action: Multi-stakeholders engagement for implementation ACTIONS NEEDED TO ENSURE THE INCLUSION AND VISIBILITY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGS Ms. Joan Carling, Indigenous Peoples Major Group 1. Inclusion of the legal recognition of indigenous peoples and their rights in the national action plans to achieve sustainable development. This action will be transformational as securing the rights of indigenous peoples – particularly their rights to lands, territories and resources – will ensure the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, cultural diversity, sustainable resource management and will ...

RIGHTS! Updated training manual on the UNDRIP – Volume 2

This Training Manual is the second volume in the series of educational and training materials on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) produced by AIPP. Rights! Volume II is an update of Rights! Volume I. It hopes to facilitate the conduct of trainings on indigenous peoples’ rights at the grassroots level by giving necessary and updated information on the implementation or non-implementation of the UNDRIP at the international and national levels. It attempts to bring the developments in international and national mechanisms and processes to the level of the community. It shows that the advances made in the recognition ...