Human Rights Campaign Policy and Advocacy Programme

The Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme (HRCPA) aims to increase capacities of indigenous organizations and indigenous human rights defenders in documentation and advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to promote, protect and defend their individual and collective rights.

Response of WB president to IP: Letter

Last July 2012, upon the assumption of office of the new World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a letter from indigenous peoples was sent to the Bank urging Dr. Kim for a continued fruitful and sincere engagement between indigenous peoples and the Bank. This letter was endorsed by 98 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 43 nongovernment organizations.  Among the identified opportunities for engagement contained in the letter are as follows: 1. Establishment of an independent World Bank Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council (similar to the World Bank External Advisory Group on Forests). It should be established by respecting the ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 7: Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval Delivered by: Gina Shangkam in behalf of the Asia Caucus In most of the countries in Asia, indigenous peoples live in remote locations, which make it very difficult to access mainstream justice. Many countries do not have National Human Rights Institutions or ombudsman. Indigenous customary law and judiciary systems are often not recognized by the state. Indigenous peoples’ access to justice and their ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 6: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Delivered by: Richard Gadit in behalf of the Asia Caucus Five years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), several developments relating to indigenous peoples in Asia have taken place. These development include the increased awareness of the UNDRIP, the engagement with UN agencies at different levels, the increased visibility of indigenous peoples in different global processes among others. At the ...

[EMRIP 2012] ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS STATEMENT ABOUT FOLLOW UP ON THEMATIC STUDIES AND ADVICE

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 4: FOLLOW UP ON THEMATIC STUDIES AND ADVICE Delivered by: Patricia Wattimena in behalf of the Asia Caucus The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus welcomes the completion of the Expert Mechanism of its study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making. We appreciate the inclusion of good practices of indigenous peoples in Asia as reflected in the report.  The report highlights the importance of indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including their right to autonomy or self-governance ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on Role of Languages and Culture in the Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Identity of Indigenous Peoples

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 5: Role of Languages and Culture in the Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Identity of Indigenous Peoples Delivered by: Thomas Jalong in behalf of the Asia Caucus The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus welcomes the Resolution of the Human Rights Council requesting the Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples to conduct a study on the role of languages and culture in the promotion and protection of  the rights and identity of indigenous peoples.

[EMRIP 2012] ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS STATEMENT ON THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (WCIP)

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus appreciates the Resolution of the President of the UN General Assembly, designating Ambassador Luis DeAlba of Mexico and John Henriksen to conduct consultations in preparation to the WCIP in 2014. Likewise, we congratulate Ambassador De Alba and John Henriksen for their appointment, and we extend our full support and cooperation in the fulfillment of their mandate. In line with the   focus on the WCIP on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the indigenous peoples in Asia wish to contribute to the entire process of the WCIP. We look ...

INDIA/BANGLADESH: JOINT PRESS RELEASE ON BANGLADESHI ASSESSMENT TEAM’S HYDROPOWER TOURISM OF TIPAIMUKH DAM PROJECT SITE

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Imphal, 7th June 2012 The Action Committee on Tipaimukh (ACTIP), Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD), Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE), and Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action (FIPA) have reliably learnt of the visiting team of 13 Bangladesh nationals led by Bangladesh External Affairs Publicity Wing Deputy Director Mohammad Zashimuddin invited by the Government of India to study and assess the effects of the multi-purpose hydro-electric Tipaimukh project at the tri-junction of Assam, Manipur and Mizoram. While appreciating the visiting team from Bangladesh to study and assess the ground realities, what is clear ...

INDIA Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Briefing Note – Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN

2nd June 2012, Imphal PRESS RELEASE India’s human rights record was reviewed under the second round of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council on 24 May 2012. Government of India was represented by a nineteen member strong inter-ministerial delegation headed by Mr. Goolam E. Vahanvati, Attorney General of India. Eighty governments spoke and a draft report of the review adopted by the Working Group on UPR on 30 May 2012 (document A/HRC/WG.6/13/L.8) list 169 recommendations. The Government of India could not respond immediately and deferred it till the plenary session of the Human Rights Council in ...

[AIPP IN THE NEWS] INDIA (Universal Periodic Review (UPR)): Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights (CSCHR), Manipur submits report to the UN, challenges Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Human rights org reiterates AFSPA’s evil face Imphal, May 22: A human rights report from an organization had reiterated the findings of many other scrutiny and studies that the government of India continues to insist on a military response to the political struggle in the north east by enacting emergency legislations, through which massive deployment of armed forces and military actions are undertaken under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA). This reiteration was stated in a joint stakeholders’ report submitted by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights (CSCHR) in Manipur to the UN Office High Commissioner ...

[UNPFii 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus intervention on Agenda Item 4: Human Rights

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session United Nations Headquarters, New York May 7-18, 2012 Intervention on AGENDA ITEM 4: Human Rights  By Mr. Windel Bolinget on behalf of the ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS   Thank you, Madam Chair! Despite the General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and several international human rights instruments,  the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Asia remains deplorable.  Our collective rights continue to be systematically and grossly violated, especially with regards our traditional lands, territories, and resources; the right of self determination, and ...