Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Field Handbook on Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy


This Handbook provides comprehensive step-by-step instructions on how to document human rights violations, particularly indigenous peoples’ collective rights, and use the data gathered for advocacy. The concern for documentation or conducting fact-finding activities related to human rights violations has intensified due to the increasing cases of human rights violations and aggression committed against indigenous peoples, individually and/or as a community. These violations range from the violations of individual rights and collective rights, such as harassment/ intimidation to extrajudicial killings, from vilification of individuals to forced relocation of communities. Seeking redress to these violations to entails the presentation of complete, credible, ...

Shifting cultivation, livelihood and food security: New and old challenges for indigenous peoples in Asia

Shifting cultivation, livelihood and food security. New and old

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007. Since then, the importance of the role that indigenous peoples play in economic, social and environmental conservation through traditional sustainable agricultural practices has been gradually recognized. Consistent with the mandate to eradicate hunger, poverty and malnutrition – and based on the due respect for universal human rights – in August 2010 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations adopted a policy on indigenous and tribal peoples in order to ensure the relevance of its efforts to respect, ...

Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples: Why Should it be at the heart of discussion on Early Warning Systems and Agriculture?

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) would like to provide the following recommendations to the 42nd session of the SBSTA: Recognize, protect, document and promote the rich traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples relating to disasters and weather forecasting Build the capacity of indigenous peoples to understand and use appropriate modern technology and tools relating to early warning systems Guarantee the access of indigenous peoples to appropriate disaster risk reductions tools and techniques Integrate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples with appropriate modern techniques, tools and innovations by taking into account the specific circumstances and conditions of indigenous peoples while developing early ...

Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Resource Management in Asia: Case Studies from India, Nepal and Vietnam


Across the different case studies, common and general recommendations in relation to the roles and contributions of indigenous women in sustainable forest management can be drawn. Moreover, the research has identified case-specific recommendations for each country. –It is vital to raise awareness that indigenous peoples’ lives depend on their right to land and access to forests, and that their livelihood practices are environmentally sound and sustainable. In particular, the traditional knowledge and the essential roles of indigenous women in sustainable resource management processes, the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity as well as in the transmission of knowledge and culture need ...

Briefing Paper: Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Customary Land Rights in Asia


In Asia, various legal instruments have been used to recognize indigenous peoples within the legal framework of State. States have recognized indigenous peoples through constitutional provision, special laws, and court decisions and/or through ratification or adoption of international instruments. However, legal recognition by states does not always guarantee the full range and enjoyment by indigenous peoples of their individual and collective rights as provided in international instruments such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples in Asia have developed their particular customary land use and tenure systems through time, which have existed since time immemorial ...

Shed No More Blood: North East India Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Challenges


Indigenous peoples in Northeast India are confronted with extra constitutional regulations like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958), special legal concessions for extractive industries to exploit natural resources, which are increasingly threatening indigenous communities, their lives and livelihoods, their social cohesion and community, and ultimately their identity. Such legal mechanisms and proposed plans range from land redistributive reforms in Manipur, the establishment of the Special Development Zone in Nagaland, increasing cases of resource conflicts between indigenous people and immigrants in Assam, the condoned encroachment into indigenous peoples’ lands and resources by settler communities in Tripura, to the grand development ...

Indigenous Peoples and National Human Rights Institutions in Asia: Good Practices and Challenges

This publication is a compilation of studies on the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. It aims to assist indigenous peoples’ communities, organisations and advocates in establishing a better understanding of how these specific NHRIs operate and to seek opportunities for the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights in the work of these NHRIs. Click Here to download 

Briefing Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Women to their Lands, Territories and Resources in Asia


This briefing paper by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) highlights some of the key and common challenges faced by indigenous women in Southeast Asia in relation to their collective rights to land, territories and resources, such as a) continuing loss of lands, territories and resources due to the establishment of conservation areas, commercial exploitation, land grabbing, forced eviction and displacement from ancestral lands, b) the non-implementation of constitutional, legislative and policy provisions concerning indigenous women’s rights as well as c) political repression, militarization, persecution and extra judicial killings of indigenous land rights activists. Click Here to download the publication

Briefing Paper: The Impacts of Land Dispossession on Indigenous Women


This briefing paper highlights the specific conditions of indigenous women, who comprise a major segment of indigenous communities where development projects are being implemented in India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. In the midst of restiveness against corporate take-over of their lands, territories and resources, the indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women, are grappling with the consequences of their resistance and finding means to forward the advocacy of the recognition and protection of their rights and welfare. The oft-repeated phrase “Land is life” never rang truer or louder than today among indigenous women, who have traditionally been bearers and keepers of seeds and ...

Business and Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences with Access to Remedy


This book represents an important step towards addressing the issues and challenges which have been observed by the Working Group (UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) in relation to access to remedy at this nexus between the role of the State, the responsibility of corporations and the situation to remedy under the Working Group’s mandate, and the fundamental importance to indigenous peoples of redress for corporate related impacts on their rights. A solid and effective access to remedy pillar is of fundamental importance to the success of the Guiding Principles. Without ...