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Indigenous Peoples of Asia Celebrating the Earth Day! 22 April, 2017

“Secure Indigenous Peoples’ #landrightsnow to Combat Climate Change!” Since the time of our ancestors, indigenous peoples across the world have been the guardians of the Mother Earth. As a collective entity, indigenous peoples play vital role and has a significant contribution to the conservation and sustainability of the biodiversity and the world’s ecosystems. With an estimated number of more than 250 million, Asia remains the region with the highest number of indigenous population in the world. We, the indigenous peoples of Asia, are living in rainforests, wetlands, mountains and coastal areas and using the concept of collective land rights and natural resources management as the basis of our life cycle for centuries. ...

Indonesia: First woman to lead world’s largest indigenous peoples alliance

20 March 2017 / Philip Jacobson Rukka Sombolinggi’s selection as next secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago brought to a close the organization’s fifth congress on Sunday. Sombolinggi is a Torajan woman from Sulawesi island with a long history in the indigenous rights movement. AMAN’s next congress will be held in Papua in 2022. TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia — Rukka Sombolinggi was selected as secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Sunday, becoming the organization’s first female leader since its founding in 1999, the year after Indonesia became a democracy. The closing day of ...

Myanmar: U.S. Embassy in Burma recognizes women environmental leaders in Myanmar

By Mekong Partnership for the Environment Yangon, Myanmar, March 17, 2017 For the inaugural Women of Change Award, the U.S. Embassy in Burma has selected two women who are fighting to ensure communities have a voice in development. Naw Ei Ei Min and Yi Yi Cho are among six women selected to receive this award recognizing outstanding women in Myanmar who have made significant impacts and lasting contributions to their communities. The two women are representatives for Myanmar on the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA, a group of regional civil society and government experts working to improve public participation in infrastructure development. ...

Joan Carling, a woman land rights defender

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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 ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...