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UNPFII18: Joint Statement on Agenda Item 9

Joint Statement to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Under Agenda Item 9: Indigenous peoples’ Traditional knowledge, generation, transmission and protection By Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Madam Chair, Indigenous knowledge is a complex body of wisdom, skills and practices developed over the ages from our distinct relationships with land and nature and our understanding and respect for biodiversity and human nature. These body of knowledge has been transmitted from one generation to the next through our education systems, self-governing institutions, songs, stories, dances, weaving and other customary art and ...

UNPFII18: Statement on Agenda Item 6

Statement to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and engagement with the Indigenous Peoples Under Agenda Item 6: Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples By Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Thank you, Sir Moderator, In this dialogue, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact would like to draw the attention of the Permanent Forum to the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework and engagement with the Indigenous Peoples. We would like to recall the Forum’s recommendation from last year that the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguard 7 (ESS7) ...

UNPFII18: Joint Statement on Agenda Item 5

Joint Statement to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Under Agenda Item 5: Discussion on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages By Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Mahai Reoreo (Greetings) Madam Chair, We, the indigenous peoples’ organizations in Asia, welcome the efforts made so far for the commemoration of International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 with UNESCO as the lead UN entity. We also appreciate the partnerships forged among States, indigenous peoples, the UN system and other stakeholders for the International Year, particularly at the international level. Two-thirds of ...

Increasing threats to IPs’ rights to LTR in Asia must be halted and reversed to realize SDGs

27 March 2019 We, the Indigenous Peoples’ representatives and CSOs, under the aegis of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and International Land Coalition Asia (ILC Asia) from 10 countries attending a regional workshop on indigenous peoples’ land rights campaign and advocacy[i] from 21-22 March 2019, call on the governments of Asia region and other concerned institutions to immediately halt increasing threats to the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources and take urgent measures to promote and protect those rights. Those rights are extremely critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with the pledge ...

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 ...