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Joshua: Message from an Indigenous Person with Disability from Myanmar

My name is Joshua, a post-polio person with disabilities. I belong Chin tribe and I am presently living in Kale district of Hakhalay Village (Myanmar) and Chin State is where the second highest rate of Persons with disabilities are seen among all the States in Myanmar. I want to address the discrimination of the indigenous persons with disabilities in Myanmar. Indigenous Peoples of Chin community are facing lots of problem. The development projects that are implementing in Chin State are not considering for persons with disabilities and they are always marginalized. Many of indigenous lose their rights and land. There ...

Leny Patty: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

I’m Leny Patty, from Ullath indigenous community, Maluku province. Contribution of indigenous women in various di sscussion on rights to lands, territories and resources is critical and significant. Because we have vast knowledge when it comes to how we manage and preserve our ancestral territories. Now is the time to strengthen the position of indigenous women in many indigenous communities in Indonesia, particularly in Maluku. AMAN Maluku fully supports the Land Rights Now campaign and we remain committed to continue supporting various activities related to the campaign.

Heli Chakma: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Bangladesh

I am from Rangamati of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. I do not actively work on Human Rights per se but I try to support those who actively work as much as possible. Since my birth the problem I feel is the land issue, which is a major problem for indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. On paper, I know it for sure that the land is mine, but someone else is cultivating on that land before my eyes. I have no alternative but to see it. I have no right to touch or use that land. That has completely been given to ...

AIPP Statement on Human Rights Day 2017: Stand up for Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Stand up for Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples  Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)* for Human Rights Day 2017 Despite the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, violations against human rights remain unabated and for indigenous peoples, we continue to face the systemic, structural and cultural barriers.  Our rights were finally recognized through the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007 after more than half a century after the adoption of UDHR. But these advancements in international human rights standards for indigenous peoples have not led ...

Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Philippines

Name: Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay Ethnicity: Manobo, Lumad peoples, Mindanao, Philippines At age 92, Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay is one of the highly revered Lumad leaders of Mindanao. She has gained reputation as a woman warrior who bravely joined the pangayaw (tribal war) against intruders in the ancestral lands of the Manobo in the Pantaron Range. She “broke” all traditions by going beyond the traditional roles assigned to women when she became tribal chieftain and warrior, and defied even the limits of age when she performed these roles. But she also broke the norm by opting out of the usual path taken ...

Panai Kusui: Message from an Indigenous woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

In this video, Panai Kusui of Pinuyumayan Indigenous Peoples from Taiwan  calls for Taiwanese government to restore and recognize indigenous peoples’ original rights as well as equal treatment to all people living in Taiwan regardless of their ethnicity. She also explains about the need to empower women to enable them to exercise their inherent rights as well as to foster stronger collaboration among women to promote and protect their rights.

Philippines: Stop harassment of human rights defender and their organization in Mindanao, Lift the Martial Law without further delay

5 December 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)[1] strongly condemns the harassment and intimidation to a 21-year-old staff of Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP – NMR) with threats of rape against her and threats against her family. RMP – NMR has been receiving threats for the past four months but this recent incident is particularly alarming.[2] On 20 November 2017, a person identifying him/herself as an intelligence asset of the 4th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) threatened the RMP – NMR staff and claimed that her parents and siblings are ...

Erlina Darakay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

Our customary forest, Djamona Raa forest, has been destroyed again under the name of HPH (Forest Concession Rights). We urge the police to give us justice and arrest the illegal loggers. Because we, Rebi indigenous community, never give our consent for the outsiders to enter our Djamona Raa customary forest. Because from the time of our ancestors until today we have been maintaining and preserving our Djamona Raa forest. So our children and their future generations can inherit (Djamona Raa forest) and see the Vanan or birds of paradise, Jonga or deer, Alke or parrot king birds, Pelanduk (mouse deer) ...

Closing plenary statement of Indigenous Peoples Caucus at the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus held November 26, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights November 27-29, 2017 Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe gathered in caucus on November 26, 2017. We saluted the efforts of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Whereas the focus of the Forum that brings us together has as a specific theme the third pillar of the Guiding Principles, known as the mechanisms for effective remedy for victims of human rights violations by companies, we bring you the following ...