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Joint Statement to the 12 Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on “Conservation and Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Prepared by: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Nalori Dhammei Chakma We, indigenous peoples in Asia, have been conserving our mountains, forests, rivers, seas, rangelands and deserts for millennia through our customary laws and sustainable conservation practices. For example, in Malaysia, indigenous peoples practice a traditional ‘Tagal’ system to manage and promote sustainable use of rivers, fisheries, forests and watersheds. In Indonesia, indigenous peoples have customary rules or ‘Sasi law’ to manage natural resources, including seas and rivers. In Thailand, indigenous Karen people practice a traditional ritual known as “Lue thi” to conserve river and aquatic animals. ...

Joint Statement to the 12 Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Agenda Item 8: UNDRIP, Including Study on Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation.

Prepared by: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Mr. Neingulo Krome, Secretary General, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights In the recent years, there have been examples of recognition, reparation and reconciliation initiatives that specifically dealt/deal with the rights of indigenous peoples in Asia via various forms, including the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Accord in Bangladesh; the Framework Agreement of 3rd August 2015 (Naga Peace Accord 2015) and other groups in Northeast India; the 2015 National Ceasefire Agreement and ongoing peace process in Myanmar;  the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal after more than a 7-year ...

Joint Statement to the 12th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Borders, Migration and Displacement

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Jacqueline Cariño Indigenous peoples in many Asian countries experience similar situations of displacement, eviction and forced migration within and across borders. These are due to various historical and contemporary factors and issues, including the following: Non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights in many Asian countries. This leads to development aggression and displacement by dams, mining, energy projects, logging, plantations and tourism projects. A few recent examples of displacement due to the construction and commissioning of dams are the Sardar Sarovar dam in the Narmada River and the Mapithel dam in Thoubal ...

AIPP Submission to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for its study on “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement”

This submission is made to the EMRIP based on AIPP’s existing research on indigenous peoples’ situation in Asia as well as specific inputs on the theme of the EMRIP study by AIPP Executive Council and member organizations. Asia has the largest number of indigenous peoples around the world – about 411 million live in the region as per a recent research of AIPP[1]. Their share in the national population varies from 0.9 percent in Cambodia to over 37 percent in Nepal. They live in highly diverse ecosystems from high mountains of Nepal to the coasts of Indonesian archipelago and in ...

Submission of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and its member organizations for the report of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Recognition, reparations and reconciliation

AIPP, together with its member and partner organizations, makes the following submission for the Expert Mechanism’s report on Recognition, Reparations and Reconciliation. This submission is based on the information provided to AIPP, particularly from Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP’s Executive Council member from Bangladesh (see Annex 1), Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar and the Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Policies (ATIPP) and LIMA Taiwan Indigenous Youth Working Group (LIMA Youth) (see Annex 2) and as well as online review of relevant existing literature. A full account of recognition, reparation and reconciliation initiatives related to indigenous peoples in Asian countries where AIPP ...

Open Letter of Appeal by AIPP-IWGIA to the Prime Minister of India, on the Supreme Court Order of 13th February, 2019 on FRA

To, The Office of the Prime MinisterGovernment of IndiaSouth Block, Raisina HillNew Delhi-110011 Dear Honourable Prime Minister, The Supreme Court order of 13th February 2019 in the case challenging the constitutional validity of Forest Rights Act (FRA) directed the State governments to ensure the eviction of all forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers from forest land whose claims under the Act have been rejected on or before 24 July 2019. 1 to 2 million claimants face the threat of eviction. The final countrywide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to ...

IVAN’s 2019 Regional Gathering: Country sharing on voicing indigenous rights

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) conducted the Indigenous Voices in Asia – Network (IVAN)’s 2019 Regional Gathering in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 26-28 February 2019. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Promoting indigenous peoples’ right to media and freedom of expression in Asia for a future of peace, justice and equality. Participants of IVAN’s 2019 Regional Gathering It was attended by representatives from ten Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan/China, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. IVAN was established in July 2013 as a platform for promoting solidarity and cooperation among indigenous journalists, non-indigenous journalists and ...

Call for stories to be published on HerStory4

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), through ‘HerStory Series’ has been rejoicing the successes and disseminating the aspirations of Indigenous Women change makers across the Asia.  In 2019, AIPP plans to mark and celebrate International Women’s Day ‘8 March’. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Better the balance. Better the World (#BalanceforBetter)’. AIPP will maintain its legacy and contribute ‘#BalanceforBetter’ through documenting and disseminating changes, struggles and achievements of Indigenous Women change maker. Hence, AIPP plans to publish ‘HerStory 4’; the fourth in a series of book-length collections of personal essays and stories from Indigenous Women or Indigenous ...

Role and contribution of indigenous women in water management: Case study of Cambodia and Vietnam

During recent decades the forest covered upland territories in Mekong sub-region have become the target of both state and private forms of exploitation. The rush to extract resources from forests, land, water and soil has impoverished Indigenous Peoples, endangered their livelihoods and their cultural and spiritual lives, harmed their well being and impaired their development. Confronted with commercial farming and large plantations, logging and extractive industries, large infrastructure projects such as hydropower dams or new transportation axes, often accompanied a massive influx of non-indigenous settlers and/or massive community displacement, indigenous groups are struggling all over the sub-region to assert their ...

The 5th Annual Indigenous Women’s Regional Exchange concluded

The 5th Annual Indigenous Women’s Regional Exchange Visit organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) together with Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) and High Landers Association (HA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has been completed. This four days exchange visit from 16 to 19 December 2018 was supported by NORAD, Tamalpais and IWGIA. All together 40 indigenous women representing 16 Indigenous Women and Indigenous Peoples’ Organization from 10 Asian Countries and Denmark participated in this regional platform. They exchanged their experiences and learning on their roles, issues, challenges and opportunities on four specific themes namely leadership, engagement in broader IP’s movement ...