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Achievements and Challenges in Strengthening the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network in Asia

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The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a regional umbrella organisation comprising 47 members in 14 Asian countries, initiated a project “Strengthening the Network of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia” financed by the European Union (EIDHR/2011/266456) as a response to the massive violations of the individual and collective rights of peoples who self-identify as indigenous peoples. The overall objective of the project was that indigenous human rights defenders document, monitor and protect the human rights of indigenous peoples in eight [8] countries in Asia. This was to be ...

Asia indigenous representatives support Baram Dam blockade

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July 14, 2015. Miri, Sarawak – Around 30 indigenous peoples’ leaders from different countries all over Asia traveled to the blockade site at Kilometer 15 to support the people’s opposition to the construction of the Baram Dam. The indigenous leaders, representing the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), joined the Baram people in their call to stop all plans to build the Baram dam because it would displace some 20,000 indigenous peoples from 26 villages and destroy their land, life and resources that they depend on for their survival.

FAO and partners’ joint studies call for indigenous people’s rights for shifting cultivation in harmony with environmental sustainability

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17/6/2015, Bangkok, Thailand. A new publication launched today is calling for better recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to shifting cultivation practices in countries of the Asia-Pacific region in order to ensure indigenous people are food-secure in coming years. FAO, in collaboration with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), has published seven case studies of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Thailand.

Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Climate Change – Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives

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Organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) at the Bonn Climate Change Conference   From L-R: Lakpa Nuri Sherpa Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP); Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Esupat David Songoi, Longido Community Development Organization, Tanzania; and Rodon Sulyandziga, Center for the Support of Indigenous Peoples of North Russia Moderated by Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, AIPP, participants at this event considered the implications of climate change mitigation actions on Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and discussed the importance of human rights language in the Paris agreement in ...

Capacity Building is the key to uphold Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

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14 indigenous activists from 13 member organization of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the members of the Regional Capacity Building (RCB) Programme Committee of AIPP came together in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 7-10, April 2015 for the Participatory Learning Review Workshop and the RCB Programme Committee Meeting. In this activity, they discussed the overall achievements of the AIPP’s capacity building activities and identified the needs and gaps for improvement in term of its responsiveness and appropriateness to the needs and priorities of AIPP members and partners in addressing the increasing marginalization, human rights violation and criminalization of indigenous peoples ...

Learning Lessons and Skills in Indigenous media Advocacy

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This report on the Skills Sharing Exchange Program of Indigenous Voices in Asia presents the experiences and lessons learned from good practices in indigenous media advocacy. The overall purpose of this program is to learn from experience and exchange skills through the sharing of expertise in media work. It also aims to gain knowledge and experience on the role of media as a tool to empower indigenous communities through its application in networking and advocacy.

Evaluation Report of Indigenous Voices in Asia Project

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This report summarises an evaluation of the project for Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) that was conducted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in 2012-4. In partnership with indigenous organisations in the participating countries; Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, and Thailand, the project conducted training and workshops to build capacity among indigenous journalist and activists to report on the adverse conditions faced by their communities, and to publish their accounts in the national media. It also strengthened the development of indigenous media, notably community radio, as well as created networks ...

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples Ramp Up their Engagement with UN Mechanisms and Procedures

Siem Reap, Cambodia. Indigenous peoples in Asia formulated their advocacy action plan for more organized and sustained engagements with UN mechanisms and on the ASEAN platform. Common statements and reports were agreed upon and tasks were assigned to those attending the 2015 sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [EMRIP], and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. These were the results, among others, of the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and hosted ...

Press release: Winners of Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Awards announced on International Women Day

INDIGENOUS VOICES IN ASIA AWARD, 2015 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) Announces the Winners for the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award March 8th- on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact – AIPP is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the award is, “Issues and concerns of indigenous women in Asia in relation to the post 2015 sustainable development agenda”. This Award is initiated by the AIPP to encourage wider multimedia attention to indigenous peoples. Media experts and indigenous ...

Indigenous leaders and allies call for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples land use systems in forest management

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The panelists of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) session “Indigenous peoples landscape approaches to forest conservation: Good practices and challenges for food security and livelihoods” in the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, Lima reaffirmed the findings of the AIPP research by sharing their experiences from Peru, Brazil, Tanzania and Myanmar. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) facilitated the panel comprised of the representatives of CHIRAPAQ, Peru; PINGO-Forum; Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN). The session was organized on 6 Dec. 2014 ...