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.

[UNPFii 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus statement on World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) 2014

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 7-18 2012 UN Head Quarters, New York AGENDA ITEM:  7 on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Delivered by Rukka Sombolinggi 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 ...

[UNPFII 2012] Strong trend of violation of indigenous peoples’ rights, including violence against indigenous women in Bangladesh continues, says Kapaeeng representative

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session 7-18 May 2012, UN HQ, New York Agenda Item 3:  Report on the expert group meeting: combating violence against indigenous women and girls, article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Study on the extent of violence against indigenous women and girls in terms of article 22 (2) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Joint Statement by: Anmoy Kiron Chakma Kapaeeng Foundation, Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, United Confederation Of Taino Peoples, Asia Indigenous Women’s Network, Jaringan Orang Asal ...

[UNPFII 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Intervention on Agenda Item 3: “Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the UNDRIP)”

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 7-18,  2012 UN Headquarters, New York Intervention on Agenda Item 3: “Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” Submitted by: Jacqueline Bernadette K. Cariño, Cordillera Peoples Alliance For the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus On behalf of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus, congratulations Mr. Chair, thank you for this opportunity to contribute information on the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery among indigenous peoples ...

[UNPFii 2012] “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” – Raja Devashish Roy intervention

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues7-18 May, 2012UN Headquarters, New York Agenda Item 3:“The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37of the United NationsDeclaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” Intervention by:Raja Devasish RoyMember, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues8 May, 2012 Chairperson, Grand Chief Edward John, Fellow Members of the Forum, Indigenous, state & non-governmental delegations, ladies & gentlemen

Statement of Indigenous Peoples & Ethnic Minorities (IP&EM) of ASEAN

Workshop on Indigenous Peoples & Ethnic Minorities Friday 30 March 2012 ACSC/APF 2012 Phnom Penh, Cambodia 29-31 March 2012 PROMOTE AND PROTECT RIGHTS TO LAND, TERRITORY, RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND ETHNIC MINORITIES (IP/EM) IN ASEAN Background We, the Indigenous Peoples/Ethnic Minorities in the ASEAN comprise more than 100 million representing distinct identities and diverse cultures. We are referred to in different names such as ethnic minorities, hilltribes, indigenous communities, orang asli, orang asal, ethnic groups, ethnic nationalities, masyarakat adat, among others. However, we share common historical injustices of marginalization, exclusion, discrimination, forced assimilation. At the same time, ...

Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN mechanisms relating to Indigenous Peoples 2012 Report

Since 2005, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has convened an Asia regional preparatory meeting every year to bring together representatives of indigenous peoples in the region, indigenous experts, advocates of indigenous peoples rights, donors, UN agencies, and other stakeholders. This forum also serves to strengthen solidarity and cooperation of indigenous leaders and representatives in Asia.  It is also an opportunity to discuss common and specific issues, lessons learned and formulate action plans and strategies for advocacy. This year, the Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms relating to Indigenous Peoples was held on 13 – 15 February 2012, in Toraja, Indonesia ...

PHILIPPINES: AIPP joins Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center’s (CWEARC) 25th anniversary celebration

GREETINGS OF SOLIDARITY TO CWEARC! The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact joins in the celebration of CWEARC’s 25th anniversary and the International Day for Working Women! CWEARC’s recognition of the power of women to make changes in their lives and communities led to the focus of its work – empowering Cordillera indigenous women. Twenty five years is a long time. Then, most of the organizing was done in the rural areas. Now, Cordillera women are growing in numbers here and abroad, in the farms and in the factories, in the streets and in the courts, in business and in politics, in ...

VIETNAM: Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination discusses situation in Viet Nam and Canada with non-governmental organizations

 20 February 2012 The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning held an interactive dialogue with non-governmental organizations from Viet Nam and Canada. The reports of those two countries will be reviewed by the Committee this week. Representatives of non-governmental organizations in Viet Nam raised a number of issues concerning discrimination against the Montagnard Degar people in Viet Nam including arbitrary detention for men, forced sterilization among women, land confiscation without compensation and the unlawful imprisonment of 400 individuals for their Christian faith and exercising their right to peaceful assembly. Speakers also noted the racial discrimination against the ...

MALAYSIA: Indigenous Communities Demand Referendum on Mega-Dams

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MIRI, Sarawak, Malaysia, February 19, 2012 (ENS) – Malaysian communities are asking the government to stop all 12 planned mega-dam projects in the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo and to hold a referendum on dam construction. A conference of some 150 representatives of indigenous communities and civil society groups concluded Saturday in the city of Miri with demands that the state government address the adverse impact of existing hydroelectric dam projects in Sarawak and stop planning for more to power industrial development of the rainforest. Organized by the newly formed Save Rivers Network, the conference brought local ...

INDONESIA: Concerns of JPIC in Papua regarding the situation in Papua in 2011

(Reflections on the situation in 2011) From 13 to 16 February 2012, the secretariats of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in Papua (Franciscans JPIC in Papua, JPIC Archdiocese of Merauke, JPIC Agats Diocese, JPIC of Timika Diocese and JPIC of Sorong Diocese) held an annual meeting in Sentani. The outcome of this meeting is summed up in the following reflections on the situation in Papua with some recommendations. The secretariats of JPICs in Papua confirm that the pro-investment policy of the Government of Indonesia and the torture and cruel treatment by the security forces have undermined law ...