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Shifting Cultivation: The cultural heritage of indigenous communities and the source of livelihoods and food security for many indigenous peoples in Asia

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Indigenous peoples traditional land use systems, particularly shifting cultivation in most of the countries in Asia have long been contributing to the sustainable livelihoods; food security; sustainable natural resources management; and biodiversity conservation and enhancement. The traditional knowledge, cultural, spiritual and nutritional values attached to these livelihood systems demonstrate that they are not merely a technique of land use but their way of life. Most of the countries in Asia have adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that guarantees the rights of indigenous peoples to continue their traditional land use systems.

Press Statement: AIPP calls on Asian states to support a strong outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)

As the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) is going to take place prior to the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on September 22-23, 2014, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) appeals to the Asian States to support a strong Outcome Document for the WCIP.   The objective of the WCIP is to have an action-oriented outcome for realization of the rights of indigenous peoples at the national and international levels in line with the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights

Chiang Mai, Thailand – “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.

The Second Regional Indigenous Adaptation Learning Highway

From 25th to 27th August 2014, the second “Regional Adaptation Learning Highway” (ALH) was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Partner of Community Organisations in Sabah (PACOS Trust) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. 60 participants (32 women and 28 men) from 9 different countries (i.e. Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and North-east India, and Germany) took part in the exchange learning visit, including representatives of various different indigenous groups, government delegates (2 government officials from Malaysia, 1 one from Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, respectively) as well as representatives of the academe (2 researchers from the University ...

Ongoing Activities

Participants of “Regional Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Livelihood and Food Security of Indigenous Peoples in Asia”  jointly organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 28 to 30 August 2014 at Hotel Amora, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Announces Recipients for the 2014 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award

23 August 2014 – on the occasion of a-month-long celebration of the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9th of August 2014, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2014 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the “2014 IVA Award” was for outstanding reporting on (1) Promoting Vision of Indigenous Peoples on Sustainable Development and (2) Mainstreaming Local Struggles of the Indigenous Peoples. The finalists were ranked based on the scores received from the jury members.

AIPP Book on Cordillera Heroes Launched

“Fifty years of the Cordillera people’s struggle come alive in the pages of this book. The sacrifices and great examples of our Cordillera heroes are our inspiration, as we  pursue the continuing people’s movement for land, life, self determination, and the common good.”  This blurb captured what the book Cordillera Heroes stands for. Published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the book contains life stories of 23 men and women in the Cordillera region, Philippines who gave up their lives in the pursuit of social justice.

The right to Self-determination and Development of Indigenous Peoples

The world is becoming crowded, and there is a scramble for resources in the name of  “sustainable development”. Pressure is being put upon indigenous peoples and on their  land  and resources that they have inherited from their ancestors and  are obliged to  pass it on to the next generation for their collective survival. This comic provides a simplified overview of the problems faced by indigenous peoples, their rights and their contributions to sustainable development based on their distinct lifestyles and values. Download the Comic book [in English] Download the Comic Book [in Bahasa Indonesia] Download the Comic Book [In Burmese] Download ...

AIPP shows solidarity to indigenous peoples in Thailand on World Indigenous Peoples Day and supports for the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Council of Thailand

The 18 secretariat members of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pacts (AIPP) from across Asia showed solidarity and support to the Thai indigenous peoples on the International day of the World Indigenous Peoples by participating in and assisting in the Indigenous Peoples day celebration organized by the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) and its allies in Chiang Mai on August 8-9, 2014. The Secretary General of AIPP spoke on the   World Indigenous Peoples Conference being organised by the UN General Assembly. This celebration was attended by more than 400 peoples from all the different hill tribes of Thailand. It ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples to celebrate International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995–2004). The Second International Decade, from 2005–2014, was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2004 with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” The focus of this year’s International Day is “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples”. The following indigenous peoples organizations from Asia will celebrate this year’s international day of the world indigenous peoples: