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 46 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.
- 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.
- To build the broadest solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples in Asia to strengthen indigenous movements.
- 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.
- To attain full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women and youth at all levels of decision-making.
- To strengthen solidarity and cooperation with other social movements towards achieving equality, peace, democracy and justice.
- 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.
- To enhance capacities of indigenous communities, organizations and institutions, including women and youth to respond to their concerns and issues at different levels.
- To develop programmes to conduct systematic documentation of the various issues and aspects of indigenous peoples for policy advocacy, awareness raising and information dissemination.
- 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.
- 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.
MR. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri
Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand (IMPECT), Thailand
SOUTH ASIA: Nepal, India, NE India and Bangladesh
Mr. Jagat Bahadur Baram
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)
Ms. Mamta Kujur
Adivasi Mahila Maha Sangh (AMMS), Mainland- India
Mr. Pankaj Teron
Karbi Human Rights Watch (KHRW), NE-India
Ms. Chandra Tripura
Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum (BIPF), Bangladesh
Ms. Maslah Rompado
Indigenous Peoples'Network Of Malaysia (JOAS), Malaysia
EAST ASIA: Japan & Taiwan/China
Ms. Su Hsin
Papora Indigenous Development Association (PIDA), Taiwan
MEKONG REGION: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma)
Ms. Naw Ei Ei Min
Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Burma
Ms. Nittaya Earkanna
Indigenous Women's Network of Thailand (IWNT), Thailand
SOUTH EAST ASIA: Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Timor Leste
Mr. Ergilio Ferreira Vicente
Covalima Youth Center (CYC), Timor Leste
Ms. Beverly Longid
Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), Philippines
AIPP Foundation Board Members
Mr. Chupinit Kesmanee
Dr. Prasert Trakansupakorn
Mr. Samart Srijumnong
Mr. Sakda Saenmi
Dr. Narumon Arunotai
Mr. Lungam Luithui and Ms. Peingam Luithui
Ms. Jannie Lasimbang
Former Secretary General
(2004 - 2007)
Ms. Joan Carling
Former Secretary General
(2008 - 2016)
Mr. Gam A. Shimray
MR. Shree Kumar Maharjan
Deputy Secretary General
mr. Adrian Marbaniang
Organizational Strengthening and Movement Building (OSMB) Programme Officer
ms. Kamonphan Saelee
mr. Chumpol Bunpeng
ms. Apinya Putipraisakun
ms. Jarunee Sunpawaranont
Senior Finance Officer
Ms. Chanitsara Silachan
ms. Pattaraporn Takam
Assistant Finance Officer
Ms. Wanpen Sindamrongsri
ms. Nina J. Sangma
mr. Hpuji Nawng
mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa
mr. Prem Singh Tharu
ms. Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn
Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy
Ms. Guangchunliu Gangmei
mr. Frederic Wilson
mr. Shohel Hajong
mr. Dharmodip Basumatary
ms. Pragyaa Rai
Regional Capacity Building
mr. Charu Bikash Tripura
ms. Srikaew Kunteng