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A historic win for human rights – AIPP congratulates its first Secretary General, Luingam Luithui, upon his victory for the restoration of his fundamental right to citizenship after 22-year of ordeal

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A historic win for human rights AIPP congratulates its first Secretary General, Luingam Luithui, upon his victory for the restoration of his fundamental right to citizenship after 22-year of ordeal  29 August 2017 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) marks the Delhi High Court order to affirm the fundamental citizenship right of Luingam Luithui, a prominent Naga human rights advocate, as a historic victory for human rights in India. Along with Luithui, the Court on 24 August has finally ordered the restoration of Indian citizenship of his wife, Peingamla. The Court has ruled that it is due to the unconstitutional acts ...

Thailand: Thai Military Must Drop Unlawful Charges Against Academics

We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against academics and participants who attended a recent conference in Chiang Mai, and to uphold academic freedom in line with Thailand’s human rights obligations. This week, Professor (in Thai, Ajarn) Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and five other academics have been asked to report to police for actions related to the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies, held from 15 to 18 July, 2017 in Chiang Mai. Prof. Chayan and the others are being charged with violating the Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. ...

AIPP, IWGIA and NEFIN co-organized a side event focusing on “Indigenous peoples rights: Implementation gaps and the IPs platform as a first step”

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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Work Group for indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event entitled “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Implementation Gaps and the Indigenous Peoples’ Platform as a First Step” on 10 May in the ongoing climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Ms. Kathrin Wessendorf of International Work Group of Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) co-moderated the side event. Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, Chairperson of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) shared that “Indigenous peoples have wealth of indigenous knowledge relating to weather forecasting; land ...

Indonesia: First woman to lead world’s largest indigenous peoples alliance

Rukka Sombolinggi, left, was named secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago on Sunday, replacing Abdon Nababan, right. Photo by Philip Jacobson for Mongabay

20 March 2017 / Philip Jacobson Rukka Sombolinggi’s selection as next secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago brought to a close the organization’s fifth congress on Sunday. Sombolinggi is a Torajan woman from Sulawesi island with a long history in the indigenous rights movement. AMAN’s next congress will be held in Papua in 2022. TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia — Rukka Sombolinggi was selected as secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Sunday, becoming the organization’s first female leader since its founding in 1999, the year after Indonesia became a democracy. The closing day of ...

Myanmar: U.S. Embassy in Burma recognizes women environmental leaders in Myanmar

Yi Yi Cho (second from left) and Naw Ei Ei Min (center) with Ambassador Scot Marciel, U.S. Ambassador to Burma and U.S. government officials at the Women of Change Award event on March 16th, 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Burma)

By Mekong Partnership for the Environment Yangon, Myanmar, March 17, 2017 For the inaugural Women of Change Award, the U.S. Embassy in Burma has selected two women who are fighting to ensure communities have a voice in development. Naw Ei Ei Min and Yi Yi Cho are among six women selected to receive this award recognizing outstanding women in Myanmar who have made significant impacts and lasting contributions to their communities. The two women are representatives for Myanmar on the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA, a group of regional civil society and government experts working to improve public participation in infrastructure development. ...

Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

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WE DEMAND LAND RIGHTS NOW! On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign. “This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the ...

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

This week has been both a time for celebration and reflection, as Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) commemorated International Women’s Day in solidarity with women, men and children across the globe. Every year, AIPP, along with several other local civil society organisations who are working on the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, organizes the annual march and rally in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On March 8th, the AIPP Secretariat members gathered at 3 Kings Monument in Chiang Mai and along with 300 other members of civil society and the wider community, including women with HIV, sex workers, members of ...

Escalating Indigenous Voices, Together: Indigenous Voices in Asia Network

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Indigenous Voices in Asia Network (IVAN)[1] organized its 3rd gathering in Chiang Mai from 4 – 7 November, 2015. This year, representatives from various fields converged at the Indigenous Voices in Asia Media Showcasing Fair 2015 to discuss emerging issues in relation to media, human rights, gender and development with the purpose of moving forward the rights of indigenous peoples in solidarity with media professionals, rights activists and academics. The fair, organized by IVAN, a program under the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (APP), gathered over 60 participants from across Asia. While many we are dedicated indigenous positivists, particularly those who are working ...

Indigenous Women of the Mekong: Strengthening the Platform for a Regional Network in 2018

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On October 30th, more than 30 women from the countries of the Mekong Region gathered in Mae Sa Mai Village, Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The indigenous women were activists, leaders, and human rights defenders, who had come together in Chiang Mai for the 2nd Regional Exchange Programme titled ‘Building and Strengthening Indigenous Women’s Network in the Mekong Region’ which was supported by Oxfam Novib. The field visit to Mae Sa Mai Village marked the first day of the 4-day event, which brought together delegations from Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos to strengthen existing partnerships, nurture ...