The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1992 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to indigenous peoples. At present, AIPP has 47 members from 14 countries in Asia with 18 indigenous peoples’ national alliances/networks (national formations), 30 local and  sub-national organizations. Of this number, 16 are ethnic based organizations, six (6) indigenous women and four (4) are indigenous youth organizations and one (1) organization of indigenous persons with disabilities.

Indigenous peoples in Asia are fully exercising their rights, distinct cultures and identities, are living with dignity, and enhancing their sustainable management systems on lands, territories and resources for their own future and development in an environment of peace, justice and equality.

AIPP strengthens the solidarity, cooperation and capacities of indigenous peoples in Asia to promote and protect their rights, cultures and identities, and their sustainable resource management systems for their development and self-determination.

  1. To empower Indigenous peoples in Asia to promote and defend their human rights and fundamental freedoms and claim legal recognition to their identities, collective rights under UNDRIP and other international human rights instruments.
  2. To build the broadest solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples in Asia to strengthen indigenous movements.
  3. To promote and protect the integrity of the environment and enhance the sustainable resource management systems of indigenous peoples including their traditional knowledge, food security and biodiversity by having full control over their land, territories and resources.
  4. To attain full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women and youth at all levels of decision-making.
  5. To strengthen solidarity and cooperation with other social movements towards achieving equality, peace, democracy and justice.
  1. To serve as a forum for sharing aspirations, ideas and experiences, consolidating cooperation and solidarity and coordination for developing common agenda and programmes on issues affecting indigenous peoples in Asia.
  2. To enhance capacities of indigenous communities, organizations and institutions, including women and youth to respond to their concerns and issues at different levels.
  3. To develop programmes to conduct systematic documentation of the various issues and aspects of indigenous peoples for policy advocacy, awareness raising and information dissemination.
  4. To advocate the cause of indigenous peoples at all levels and engage with relevant national, regional and international processes as well as with relevant institutions and agencies.
  5. To strengthen linkages, networking and co-ordination with other organizations and movements for the realization of the aspirations of indigenous peoples of Asia

The General Assembly (GA), held every four years, is AIPP’s highest decision making body. The GA adopts the strategic 4-year program, approves policies, guidelines and resolutions and elects a 12-member Executive Council (EC), including indigenous youth and women representatives, the Chairperson and the Secretary General. The Executive Council, chosen from the different sub-regions, provides collective leadership to the organization through sharing of tasks and organizational representation. The Secretary General, directly accountable to the EC and the members, leads the Secretariat in the implementation of programme activities. The Programme Committees, Executive Council, member organizations and partner organizations are actively involved in programme implementation.

AIPP is mainly guided by its Constitution and by-Laws, Organizational Manual, Strategic Plan (2013 – 2016) as well as Gender, Anti-corruption and Finance Management Policies. Through the years it has demonstrated its good practices of transparency and accountability in the functioning of the organization.

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    Members Orgnizations
    Countries in Asia
    Indigenous Peoples' National Alliances/Networks (National Formation)
    Local and Sub-national Organizations
    Ethnic Based Organizations
    Indigenous Women Organizations
    Indigenous Youth Organizations
    Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Organizations

    Executive Counsel

    Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajansri

    Chairperson
    Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand (IMPECT), Thailand.

    SOUTH ASIA: Nepal, India, NE India and Bangladesh

    Ms. Suni Lama

    National Indigenous Women Federation (NIWF), Nepal.

    Mr. Lalremruata Chhakchhuak

    Zo Indigenous Forum,
    Northeast-India.

    Mr. Binota Moy Dhamai

    Bangladesh Adivasi Forum (BAF),
    Bangladesh.

    Youth Representative

    Ms. Yumon Maithin

    Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), Myanmar.

    Women Representative

    Ms. Elina Horo

    Adivasi Women's Network,
    Northeast-India.

    EAST ASIA: Japan & Taiwan/China

    Mr. Shisei Toma

    Association of Indigenous Peoples in the Ryukyus (AIPR), Japan.

    MEKONG REGION: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma)

    Ms. Naw Ei Ei Min

    Organization: Promotion of Indigenouse and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar (Burma).

    Mr. Sochea Pheap

    Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), Cambodia.

    SOUTH EAST ASIA: Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Timor Leste

    Ms. Hilda Pius Modilo

    Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS), Malaysia.

    Ms. Jacqueline K. Carino

    Cordillera Peoples' Alliance (CPA),
    Philippines.

    AIPP Foundation Board Members

    Mr. Chupinit Kesmanee

    President

    Mr. Prasert Trakansupakorn

    Vice President

    Mr. Samart Srijumnong

    Secretary

    Mr. Sakda Saemi

    Treasurer

    Ms. Narumon Arunotai

    Member

    Mr. Luingam Luithui

    Member

    Ms. Jannie Lasimbang

    Member

    Ms. Joan Carling

    Member

    AIPP Secretariat

    Management

    Mr. Gam A. Shimray

    Secretary General

    Ms. Chanda Thapa

    Deputy Secretary General

    mr. Adrian Marbaniang

    Executive Secretary

    Administration

    ms. Kamonphan Saelee

    Administrative Manager

    ms. Darunee Singhaphongphai

    Assistant Administrative Manager

    mr. Chumpol Bunpeng

    Logistic Officer

    ms. Honey

    Housekeeper

    Finance

    ms. Apinya Putipraisakun

    Finance Manager

    ms. Jarunee Sunpawaranont

    Senior Finance Officer

    Ms. Chanitsara Silachan

    Finance Officer

    ms. Pattaraporn Takam

    Assistant Finance Officer

    ms. Wanpen

    Finance Officer

    Communication

    ms. Mona Sihombing

    Coordinator

    mr. Hpuji Nawng

    Environment

    mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa

    Coordinator

    mr. Prem Singh Tharu

    Officer

    ms. Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn

    Officer

    Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy

    Ms. Guangchunliu Gangmei

    Coordinator

    mr. Frederic Wilson

    Officer

    mr. Shohel Hajong

    Officer

    Indigenous Women

    ms. Sushila Kumari Thapa Magar

    Coordinator

    Regional Capacity Building

    mr. Charu Bikash Tripura

    Coordinator

    Networking

    ms. Srikaew Kunteng

    Liaison officer

    AIPP Accreditation

    • NGO in Speical Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

    • UN Convention on Biodiversity

    • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

    • Green Climate Fund (GCF)

    • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

    • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

    • AIPP is also a member of International Land Coalition (ILC) and Global Environment Facility NGO Network.

    Key Donors and Partners

    TAMALPAIS TRUST

    OXFAM AUSTRALIA

    INTERNATIONAL WORK GROUP FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS (IWGIA)

    SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AGENCY (SIDA)

    NORWEGIAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (NORAD)

    MISEREOR

    OXFAM NOVIB

    SWEDISH SOCIETY FOR NATURE CONSERVATION (SSNC)

    THE CHRISTENSEN FOUNDATION (TCF)

    UN AGENCIES