Urgent Appeals

India: Urgent attention of WWF called on forced evictions of indigenous Gond people for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve

4 April 2016, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), along with Prithvi Trust, Dhaatri Resource Centre for Women and Children and other organisations in India, have called on urgent attention of WWF India on the serious threats of forced eviction of indigenous Gond families for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. Presently, more than 200 Gond tribals in Umaravan village of Panna district are being forced out of their homes and lands, where they have long survived by living off their land and surrounding forests, with the government authorities cutting off electricity to the village as one ...

Urgent Appeal for Support for Indigenous Peoples Affected by the Earthquake

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has caused more than 8019 deaths and more than 17,866 people injured, as per the country’s Emergency Operation Centre on 11 May 2015. The death toll is rising exponentially by the day as the government rescue efforts are reaching slowly to the areas hardest hit by the earthquake. The United Nations estimates that as many as eight million people have had their lives disrupted by the earthquake, adding that more than 1.4 million people need food assistance, including 750,000 who live near the quake’s epicentre in poor quality housing. Tens of thousands are thought ...

Letter of concern to the government of India with regard to the government’s position on the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework

April 7, 2015 Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister Government of India Dear Prime Minister Modi, This is with reference to India’s written response on World Bank’s consultation on the “Update and Review of the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework”. We are alarmed in particular at the Government of India’s position on ESS 7[1]:

Request for Endorsement: Significant concerns with the proposed World Bank safeguards for indigenous peoples

Dear friends and colleagues, After reviewing the internal draft revised safeguard policies of the World Bank including the IP Policy (leaked copy), it is very alarming that while it contains the provision on FPIC, its is practically useless as borrowing countries can opt out not to implement the policy at all. Likewise, the FPIC provisions need to be strengthened as well as the legal recognition on the rights to land, territories and resources of indigenous peoples. Below is the statement prepared jointly by AIPP — Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the FPP — Forest Peoples Programme containing our serious concerns ...

Letter of concern on the extrajudicial killings of IPs in the Philippines

Dear Mr. President, Greetings from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network) in Asia. We express our deep concern, alarm and condemnation on the unabated killings of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. We also express our disappointment and frustration with the Philippine government’s slow and almost non-action towards the killings of indigenous peoples human rights defenders. These acts including the denial of justice are clearly in violation of the international and national human rights obligations of the government.  We stand firm in demanding that the government account for the recent spate of political ...

Appeal for support for the indigenous peoples affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines

November 13, 2013 Dear Friends, As you may all know, the Philippines is now under a state of calamity with the massive and widescale destruction of lives and properties  by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest typhoon recorded in history early this month. The coverage from various media outfits show part of the damage wrought by the typhoon in the Visayas region. What is not yet being publicized is also the situation of many indigenous communities who live in far flung communities and are now isolated because of the massive damage in their areas and the lack of communication facilities. Many ...

Request for Support on Eviction of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh

Dear friends, We wish to draw your attention and seek your support in this urgent alert/letter of concern on the eviction of an indigenous community in Bangladesh. Please see below the letter of concern. Should you wish to give your support to this letter, please send your name, organization and location to richard@aippnet.org and kaw@aippnet.org by May 22, 2013.

Letter to the World Bank on the conducts of the safeguards review consultations

Dr. Jim Yong Kim President World Bank March 4, 2013 Dear Dr. Kim, As we come up to the anniversary of your first year as the President of the World Bank Group, we congratulate you on your tenure to date. However in this letter, we would like to take the opportunity to reiterate some serious concerns we have with the on-going consultation process in the updating and reviewing of the World Bank’s current 8 social and environmental safeguards, and concurrent discussion of the identified emerging issues. These concerns are particularly worrisome in the context of the update of OP4.10 on ...

India: Letter of concern on the killings in Manipur

10 December 2012 Dr. Manmohan Singh The Prime Minister of India Prime Minister Office Room number 152, South Block New Delhi, INDIA Fax: +91 11 23019545 E-Mail: pmosb@pmo.nic.in Dear Sir, Greetings from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) Network in Asia. The IPHRD Network is a platform for solidarity, coordination and support among indigenous human rights defenders and their organizations. This network was established to address the growing need of a common platform for indigenous human rights defenders to be able to promote the human rights issues of their respective countries more effectively ...

An open letter to Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, from Erita Capion-Dialang

Dear Mr. President, I am Erita Capion, sister of Daguil Capion, a target of your armed forces. I believe you must have already known the merciless killing of my sister-in law, Juvy Capion and her two sons, Jordan and Mark John, both minor, by 13 soldiers of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army led by Lt. Col. Dante Jimenez under the command of Col. Alexis Bravo, on October 18.  The massacre was well-covered by the media and the incident caught the attention of the international community.  Thus, I find it appalling that you have turned a blind eye ...