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IPs organisations urge India govt to uphold commitment to human rights

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT Guwahati, 9th December 2018 On the occasion of the 70th International Human Rights Day, 2018, the following organisations reaffirm their commitment to the universal values and principles of human rights. Indigenous peoples’ organisations and movements gathered from 7-9 December at Guwahati to share “Experiences of Autonomy in North-East India” and for “A Critical Reflection and Dialogue on IP Struggles and Movements in NE India”. The meeting called for critical change in the institutional designs for self-government of indigenous communities where they themselves identify the needs and determine the structure of governance. The meeting expressed severe concern over ...

Photo contest “Indigenous women and food security in Asia”

I. Objective: The contest has the objective of making visible the contributions and challenges of indigenous women for food security and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. This contest is featured under the framework of the Global Campaign for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women for Zero Hunger, launched with the support of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Indigenous Women Forum (FIMI) and the News Agency of Indigenous and Afro-descendent Women (NOTIMIA). II. Contest Rules a. Participants All indigenous women of Asia can participate ...

[AIPP Documentary] Seeds and Indigenous Peoples

Seeds, the beginning and the end of the food growing cycle. Generations of people using generations of seeds. Survival and culture intertwined. This video gives the viewer insight as to the role and importance of seeds for indigenous peoples and the part that their knowledge may play in the years to come as the world faces the inevitable changes of climate change. Watch this documentary on the seeds banking practiced by Indigenous Peoples that provides insight into “What the seed means is not just the food but along with food it becomes part of the life and it is expressed ...

AIPP and Members’ Statement on the International Day of Rural Women

This October 15, we, the indigenous women of Asia, are celebrating the International Day of Rural Women by acknowledging our important role in the elimination of global hunger and malnutrition, and in meeting the goals for gender equality, sustainability of water, energy, human settlements, consumption and production, life on land and partnerships as set out by Agenda 2030. We, indigenous women in Asia, are estimated to be around 130 million and most of us reside in rural areas where we are the caretakers of our traditional lands. Indigenous women are the primary caretakers and providers of diverse and nutritious foods ...

Cambodia: Investigate the alleged shooting attempt against an indigenous activist

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) has learnt that there was an alleged shooting attempt against Ven Et, an indigenous activist of Areng Valley, Cambodia, on 12 May 2018 in front of his house. “I feel scared and worried about my personal security. I think this time they missed me but next time they might not,” says Ven Et. Ven Et is a younger brother of Ven Vorn, an indigenous environmental activist arrested in 2015 for “forest crimes”. According to Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network, Koh Kong Provincial Court charged Ven Vorn with harvesting forest products without authorisation and tampering ...

Good practices on the empowerment of indigenous youth leaders in Asia

The indigenous youths’ empowerment and dynamic participation are crucial and decisive because as social catalysts, their voices must be amplified in various levels and avenues where policies and decisions that concern indigenous peoples are being made. They are at a historical juncture where their engagement matters and their initiatives are appreciated and encouraged. In this book’s case studies, there are significant similarities in context and historical backgrounds on the birth of indigenous youth organizations and emergence and empowerment of indigenous youth leaders. The five organizations namely, Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities in Nepal (YFIN), Karbi ...

Nepal: Stop the Use of Violence to the Indigenous Newar Community and Uphold their Rights to Peaceful Assembly

AIPP’s Solidarity Statement to the Activists and Indigenous Newar Community in Kathmandu Chiang Mai, 2 April 2018 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) condemns in highest terms the violent response of the Nepalese government during the recent peaceful protest in Baneshwor on 28 March 2018. The incident resulted to arrest of 16 leaders and injuring many others as they were met with police’ water cannons and tear gas. The indigenous Newar communities and activists were protesting about the road expansion, the Fast Track Highway, Outer Ring Road, and other satellite cities, among other destructive development projects to be built on their lands. ...

Philippines: End the Abuse of Power and Violence to Human Rights Defenders

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact’s Call to Repeal the Petition Declaring the former Secretary-General of AIPP, Joan Carling, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz-Tauli, and other indigenous leaders and human rights defenders as Terrorists and Outlaws On 21 February 2018, the Department of Justice filed a petition to the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Region in Manila City declaring around 600 individuals, many of them are human rights defenders and political activists, as “terrorists and outlawed organisations, associations and/or group of persons.”[1] Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a regional organisation of 48 indigenous peoples ...

AIPP Statement on International Women’s Day

  Press for Progress: International Women’s Day March 08, 2018 #pressforprogress Dear Members, Partners and Friends, On March 08, 2018, we are once again celebrating International Women’s Day. We, as indigenous women, join in solidarity for this year’s campaign theme: Press for Progress. Recent reports suggest that globally-realised gender parity is more than two centuries away[1]. Meanwhile, global activism for women’s equality is building momentum, with movements such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns shining light on the injustices facing women in many sectors. We, indigenous women in Asia and allies of indigenous women everywhere, want to take this opportunity ...