Publications

Indigenous Peoples’ Heroes and Martyrs in Asia [New Publication]

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Asia is home to 2/3 of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples. They share a common situation with other indigenous peoples in other parts of the world –they are part of the most marginalized and discriminated. Based on Human Development index (HDI), indigenous peoples are overrepresented among the poor,illiterate, malnourished and stunted. This is largely due to historical injustices committed to indigenous peoples especially by states, and the continuing violation of their collective rights to their lands, territories and resources, the right to self-determination including on development concerns, and to their cultural diversity and dignity as distinct peoples. In response to ...

Briefing paper on Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security: New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia

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Indigenous peoples across South and Southeast Asia depend fully and partly on shifting cultivation for their livelihood and food security.  2/3 of the estimated 370 million indigenous peoples are in Asia. These peoples are also known as ethnic minorities, tribal people, hill tribes, Adivasis, Janajati and aboriginal people. Shifting cultivation or rotational/ swidden farming is more than a century old sustainable land-use practice of indigenous peoples. Shifting cultivation is probably one of the most misunderstood and thus controversial forms of land use. This is also know as rotational agriculture or swidden farming. What has been overstressed is the “ slash ...

[New Comic book] The right to Self-determination and Development of Indigenous Peoples

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The world is becoming crowded, and there is a scramble for resources in the name of  “sustainable development”. Pressure is being put upon indigenous peoples and on their  land  and resources that they have inherited from their ancestors and  are obliged to  pass it on to the next generation for their collective survival. This comic provides a simplified overview of the problems faced by indigenous peoples, their rights and their contributions to sustainable development based on their distinct lifestyles and values. Download the Comic book [in English] Download the Comic Book [in Bahasa Indonesia] Download the Comic Book [In Burmese] Download ...

Practical Guide for Media Practitioners on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia [New Publication]

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Two thirds of the world’s 370 million indigenous population are in Asia and they represent a significant proportion of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in the region. Their vulnerability arises from a situation where they are often marginalized in economic development programs and are excluded from political participation in their respective countries in the region. A contributory factor that also keeps indigenous peoples in the vicious cycles of social and political exclusion and marginalization is the lack of information and inadequate communication channels for them to voice out their perspectives and influence public opinions. There is also the lack ...

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) on Rights to Development

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There are at least 350 million indigenous peoples around the world, which is 5% of the global population. However, 15 % of the poorest of the poor are amongst indigenous peoples. The majority (2/3) of indigenous peoples are in ASia, who continue to be marginalized and discriminated. However indigenous peoples are again invisible in the current negotiations to achieve the United Nations post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. It is thereby important to understand and respect the rights and aspirations of indigenous peoples as critical partners in achieving sustainable development. Indigenous peoples have the right to freely determine their own political ...

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles on Human Rights and Militarization

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Indigenous peoples have the right to fully enjoy, as a collective or as individuals, all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International human rights laws. Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other people and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.  (Articles 1 & 2) Indigenous individual have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of a ...

Cordillera Heroes [New Publication]

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The mountainous Cordillera region in northern Philippines is home to 1.7 million people. Majority are indigenous peoples of various ethno-linguistic groups collectively known as Igorot, while the rest of population consists of migrants from other regions of the country. The Cordillera is blessed with natural resources – pine, mossy and tropical forests, precious minerals, raging rivers, fertile river basins and steep mountains carved into rice terraces and agricultural lands. Yet its natural wealth has also been a source of conflict between the inhabitants and the State. On one hand, the people value the land as their ancestral homeland and heritage, ...

Briefing Paper: Overview of the State of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

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In Asia “indigenous peoples” as a term is contentious. The fact remains, however, that the individual and collective rights of peoples who self-identify as indigenous peoples are being violated on a daily basis. All too often, their territories are sacrificed and expropriated for state-sponsored development and corporate projects that lead to gross and wide-scale violations of their collective rights, especially regarding their lands, territories, and resources. The unilateral declaration of national parks and conservation areas, the granting of concessions for mining, logging, plantations, and other extractive industries—as well as infrastructure development for national development—have dispossessed and marginalized many indigenous peoples ...

Briefing Paper: Development For Whom?

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With the Asia region becoming the new investment and economic development hub, indigenous peoples face increasing marginalization and violations to their individual and collective rights. Asia is home to around 2/3 of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples and they share a common situation as other indigenous peoples in other parts of the world – they are part of the most marginalized and at the bottom rung of the development ladder. Even with this, indigenous peoples have been maintaining and sustaining their culture, traditions, and their strong connections to their lands and territories for their sustenance and continuity of their ...

Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Forest Management in Mekong Countries

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Indigenous women view forests as a common wealth of all, within which individual families may use and manage portions of the forest for their needs. All members of the community can enjoy the benefits of forest products in accordance with the customs or rules set by the community. Particular customary laws and practices are applied in managing, protecting and improving forest resources such as in the cultivation of land, identification of forest zones, and proper use and collection of forest products. Classification of forests is particularly important in designating and protecting critical areas that are off-limits to exploitation. Indigenous women ...