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UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)Joan Carling Interactive Dialogue 5: Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions We are around 5´000 distinct indigenous peoples from all regions of the world. We nourish the forests, deserts, rivers and fields that form part of our culture. Our traditional knowledge is built through centuries of symbiotic interaction and co-­‐ dependence with our natural environment. We are governed by our customary institutions that provide for social cohesion, cooperation and collective resilience; access to justice; sustainable resource management systems for the common good, and; solidarity relations with other peoples. We are self-­‐ governing peoples and rights-­‐ holders, ...

INDIA: Stop forced evictions of indigenous Gond people for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve

22 September 2015 – Government authorities in India must intervene immediately to stop forced evictions of indigenous Gonds for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, AIPP urged in a letter to them. More than 200 Gond tribals in Umaravan village are facing serious threat of forced evictions from their houses and lands after local police and forest officials descended in the village on Saturday and threatened to evict them forcefully if they do not vacate willfully in the next few days. The Gond people in the village have long survived by living off their land and forests.

AIPP, Cultural Survival and NIPT make joint submission on the rights of indigenous peoples for Thailand’s UPR

22 September 2015 – AIPP, Cultural Survival and the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) on Monday (21 September) made a joint submission on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples for the 2nd Universal Periodic Review of Thailand scheduled for April 2016. The joint submission was prepared in light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Thailand voted in favor of in 2007. The submission reports that although the indigenous peoples in Thailand comprise approximately 1% of the Thai population, these communities are facing serious issues that are threatening and essentially, prohibiting the rights guaranteed ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact stands together with indigenous peoples in the Philippines in defense of their human rights

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Solidarity Message AIPP would like to extend its solidarity to the members and delegates of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) on the occasion of its 5th General Assembly organized under the theme “With Fervor and Courage, Fight Against State Terrorism!” AIPP is deeply concerned over the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines, in particular the continuous killings and harassment of indigenous rights activists and advocates, and increasing displacement of indigenous communities allegedly by both paramilitary forces and troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. However, amidst this grave situation and mountain of ...

2015 ILC Asia Regional Assembly and Knowledge Exchange

People-Centered Land Governance: Pertinent Land Issues in Asia The ILC Asia Regional Assembly is an annual meeting of a growing team of 45 ILC members from 10 different countries that serves as the primary decision-making body for consolidating and approving priorities, initiatives and activities for ILC engagement at the regional, national and local levels. This year, venues for Knowledge Exchange were created for ILC Asia members to discuss on their work on land rights in line with the new ILC strategic framework, 10 PCLG commitments, and key developments on land rights governance in their respective countries. The event will happen on ...

Philippines: Stop turning Mindanao into a killing field of Lumads

AIPP strongly condemns the continued brutal killings of Lumads in Mindanao of the Philippines at the hands of paramilitary groups and security forces. At least 13 Lumad human rights defenders and community members, including two children, have been killed in five incidents of extrajudicial killings and four massacres in the past eight months, with the recent killings of Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of a tribal school, and two other Lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur on 1 September. In the aftermath of the killings, more than 4000 Lumads evacuated to a neighboring village due to fear for their safety, and ...

Nepal: Refrain from excessive use of force to suppress protests and ensure indigenous rights in new constitution

3 September 2015 – AIPP expresses its grave concerns on the excessive use of force by security agencies in the spiraling protests against the draft of new constitution in Nepal. At least 23 have died and hundreds injured in the violence ensued over a period of two weeks. Most affected are indigenous Tharu group and Madhesi communities in the southern Terai plains of the country. Protest actions escalated since the major political parties signed a deal on 8 August to federate Nepal into 6 provinces without ensuring the democratic participation and empowerment of the marginalized indigenous peoples and other groups. ...

Our Lifeways, Our Survival [New Comic Book]

Our lifeways, Our Survival: Indigenous Peoples Rights to Land, Territories and Resources For indigenous peoples, lands, territories and resources are fundamental to their existence not only because these are the bases for their livelihoods but also because these are related to their culture, identity, traditional knowledge, customary laws and spiritual beliefs. This relationship has existed since time immemorial. Because of the interdependent relationship between indigenous peoples and their natural surroundings, indigenous peoples developed ways of life and customary practices of land and resource uses that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. This is proven by the fact that 80% of the ...

Indigenous Voices in Asia Media Showcasing Fair 2015

The indigenous peoples who are largely concentrated (70%) in Asia region of more than 200 million continue to experience social injustice and discrimination. Their identities and collective rights continue to be denied by states particularly their rights to their lands, territories and resources, cultural heritage and self-determined development. At the same time, indigenous peoples continuing contributions to nature conservation, food security, cultural diversity, conflict resolution among others are not being recognized including the roles and contributions of indigenous women. Due to the historical marginalization and discrimination in all its forms, indigenous peoples have very limited representation and participation in democratic ...

Thailand Commemorates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

In commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples last August 9, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) observed the day in collaboration with the Network of Indigenous Peoples of Thailand (NIPT) at the Chulalongkorn University campus, Bangkok, Thailand. This year, the event marked nine years of the signing of United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).