Statements & Urgent Appeals

Malaysia: Stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang immediately

24 January 2016 – Civil society organizations around the world, in a petition today, condemned the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, and called for dropping all the charges against her immediately. The organizations affirmed that the targeted prosecution of Lasimbang, among other rights activists, is indicative of closing space for civil society in Malaysia and urged the Government to put an end to it in order to uphold values of democracy and human rights. More than two hundred organizations have signed on to the petition sent to the Malaysian ...

Human Rights Day 2015: States must act on their commitments to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Public Statement 10 December 2015 – This Human Rights Day, AIPP joins the global yearlong campaign “Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always.” for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).[i] AIPP strives to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants, alongside the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), among indigenous peoples in Asia and other stakeholders and more importantly, calls on the States to ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy ...

AIPP Statement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Campaign, we take this opportunity to reflect on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption, and look into the advancement of indigenous women’s rights and welfare. We, indigenous women, are estimated to be 50% of the 260 million indigenous peoples in Asia alone. We are regularly discriminated and relentlessly marginalized on the basis of the intersectionality of our gender and our ethnicity. Despite positive developments in both indigenous peoples’ rights and women’s rights movements, we continue to face serious challenges especially on the legal recognition ...

Climate Initiatives Must Not Include Large Hydropower Projects – NGOs

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), International Rivers, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) 3 December 2015 – In a global manifesto released today, a coalition of more than 300 civil society organizations from 53 countries called on governments and financiers at the Paris climate talks to keep large hydropower projects out of climate initiatives such as the Clean Development Mechanism, the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and green bonds.

AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)Public Statement 23 October 2015 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has called for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in its comments on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples.

PHILIPPINES: Indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia call for immediate end to continued killings and abuses of Lumads in Mindanao

20 October 2015 – More than seventy indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia are calling for an end to the continued killings of and other abuses against Lumads in Mindanao in their joint letter of appeal letter to President Benigno Aquino III after another Lumad leader was killed last September. These organizations also call for an independent and transparent investigation on the roles and accountability of both the paramilitary forces and the Philippine Army in the violence against the Lumads who are the indigenous peoples of southern Philippines in the island of Mindanao.

Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Declaration on the 21st Session of the UNFCCC-Conference of Parties (COP21)

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Indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia held a Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 21st Session of the UN Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) from 16-18 September 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The countries include Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Lao PDR, Taiwan/China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines and Vietnam. There are at least 260 million indigenous peoples in Asia, making it the most culturally diverse region in the world. We, the Asia indigenous peoples, whose homes are in the mountains and forests, the coasts and small islands have the least contribution to the ...

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 ...