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UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)Joan Carling Interactive Dialogue 5: Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions We are around 5´000 distinct indigenous peoples from all regions of the world. We nourish the forests, deserts, rivers and fields that form part of our culture. Our traditional knowledge is built through centuries of symbiotic interaction and co-­‐ dependence with our natural environment. We are governed by our customary institutions that provide for social cohesion, cooperation and collective resilience; access to justice; sustainable resource management systems for the common good, and; solidarity relations with other peoples. We are self-­‐ governing peoples and rights-­‐ holders, ...

INDIA: Stop forced evictions of indigenous Gond people for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve

22 September 2015 – Government authorities in India must intervene immediately to stop forced evictions of indigenous Gonds for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, AIPP urged in a letter to them. More than 200 Gond tribals in Umaravan village are facing serious threat of forced evictions from their houses and lands after local police and forest officials descended in the village on Saturday and threatened to evict them forcefully if they do not vacate willfully in the next few days. The Gond people in the village have long survived by living off their land and forests.

AIPP, Cultural Survival and NIPT make joint submission on the rights of indigenous peoples for Thailand’s UPR

22 September 2015 – AIPP, Cultural Survival and the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) on Monday (21 September) made a joint submission on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples for the 2nd Universal Periodic Review of Thailand scheduled for April 2016. The joint submission was prepared in light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Thailand voted in favor of in 2007. The submission reports that although the indigenous peoples in Thailand comprise approximately 1% of the Thai population, these communities are facing serious issues that are threatening and essentially, prohibiting the rights guaranteed ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact stands together with indigenous peoples in the Philippines in defense of their human rights

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Solidarity Message AIPP would like to extend its solidarity to the members and delegates of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) on the occasion of its 5th General Assembly organized under the theme “With Fervor and Courage, Fight Against State Terrorism!” AIPP is deeply concerned over the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines, in particular the continuous killings and harassment of indigenous rights activists and advocates, and increasing displacement of indigenous communities allegedly by both paramilitary forces and troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. However, amidst this grave situation and mountain of ...

Philippines: Stop turning Mindanao into a killing field of Lumads

AIPP strongly condemns the continued brutal killings of Lumads in Mindanao of the Philippines at the hands of paramilitary groups and security forces. At least 13 Lumad human rights defenders and community members, including two children, have been killed in five incidents of extrajudicial killings and four massacres in the past eight months, with the recent killings of Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of a tribal school, and two other Lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur on 1 September. In the aftermath of the killings, more than 4000 Lumads evacuated to a neighboring village due to fear for their safety, and ...

Nepal: Refrain from excessive use of force to suppress protests and ensure indigenous rights in new constitution

3 September 2015 – AIPP expresses its grave concerns on the excessive use of force by security agencies in the spiraling protests against the draft of new constitution in Nepal. At least 23 have died and hundreds injured in the violence ensued over a period of two weeks. Most affected are indigenous Tharu group and Madhesi communities in the southern Terai plains of the country. Protest actions escalated since the major political parties signed a deal on 8 August to federate Nepal into 6 provinces without ensuring the democratic participation and empowerment of the marginalized indigenous peoples and other groups. ...

Statement by the First Gathering of Indigenous Persons with Disabilities from Asia and the Pacific

Organized by the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network, Supported by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and the International Disability Alliance We, indigenous persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia and the Pacific, representing national and regional organisations of persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples organisations gathered in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 – 25 June 2015 to share experiences in order to promote the rights and inclusion of indigenous persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. “interested indigenous peoples organizations/networks and individuals can download the statement, sign it and mail to ...

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

Intensify the Defense of Our Rights to Land, Territories and Resources Against Land Grabbing UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has stated, “The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. […] Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.“ Looking at the situation of indigenous peoples in the face of the renewed commitments of Asian States to the achievement of the ends of the UNDRIP, we see ...

TIP OF THE ICEBERG: Trafficking of Indigenous Peoples

AIPP’s Statement on World’s Day against Trafficking in Persons As the world observes the World’s Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network wish to point out the unrecognized dimension of indigenous identity as a factor in human trafficking, especially of women and children. Increasingly, reports of trafficking of indigenous peoples, women and girls, and children all over Asia are coming in in different reports and stories. The US State Department 2015 Report on Trafficking in Persons has flagged the vulnerability to trafficking of about 98,000 men, women and children ...

Statements of the Asia Indigenous Peoples: Eighth Session of Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Item 3 of the provisional agenda 
 Follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, including the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism Delivered by Jennifer Tauli Corpuz, Tebtebba Foundation 20-24 July 2015 Thank you Mr Chairperson, The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus is pleased to provide its comments on this agenda item. In making our comments, we specifically refer to document A/HRC/EMRIP/2015/CRP.2, which is the report of the open-ended meeting of indigenous peoples on the follow-up to the WCIP, held in March 2015, and to document A/70/84, which is the report of the Secretary-General to the UN General ...