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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 ...

Anti-corruption Policy

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1.    Preventing Fraud and Corruption AIPP has its own constitution, bylaws and core values, which shall be the basis for this zero-tolerance anti-corruption policy. This policy outlines the acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors of all AIPP officers and staff, as well as member-organizations and partners having direct project partnership with AIPP to ensure compliance with anti-corruption laws. These include compliance with all domestic and foreign laws prohibiting improper payments, gifts or incentives/inducements of any kind to and receive from any person, agencies including private and public sectors. This policy also applies while dealing with any government and its agencies. This policy ...

Secretariat members

S.N. Name and Position Date of Joining Ethnicity Country 1 Ms. Joan Carling Secretary General Ms. Joan Carling belongs to the Kankanaey, Igorot tribe from the Cordillera Region, Philippines. She was the Secretary General, and consequently the Chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA) from 1997-2006. She has been an indigenous activist for more than two decades working on human rights, environment and development issues relating to indigenous peoples from the grassroots, national, regional and international levels. Her educational background is in sociology and economics. Sept. 2008 Kankanaey Philippines 2. Ms. Robeliza Halip Institutional Support Service Section Head Ms. Robeliza ...

AIPP Gender Policy

Background and context AIPP is working for the promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples. The rights of indigenous peoples are part of the global human rights framework, and the UNDRIP is an expression of the recognition of the fact that the previously existing human rights instruments have not been sufficient, and that effective protection of the collective rights of indigenous peoples requires more explicit recognition. UNDRIP articulates the minimum standards required for the realization of the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples. Women’s rights also required this specific attention. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of ...