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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles on Human Rights and Militarization

Indigenous peoples have the right to fully enjoy, as a collective or as individuals, all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International human rights laws. Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other people and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.  (Articles 1 & 2) Indigenous individual have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of a ...

Cordillera Heroes [New Publication]

The mountainous Cordillera region in northern Philippines is home to 1.7 million people. Majority are indigenous peoples of various ethno-linguistic groups collectively known as Igorot, while the rest of population consists of migrants from other regions of the country. The Cordillera is blessed with natural resources – pine, mossy and tropical forests, precious minerals, raging rivers, fertile river basins and steep mountains carved into rice terraces and agricultural lands. Yet its natural wealth has also been a source of conflict between the inhabitants and the State. On one hand, the people value the land as their ancestral homeland and heritage, ...

Press Release: World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to disregard their existing obligations to indigenous peoples. When the Bank announced it would be revising these standards (previously contained in an ad hoc set of eight separate policies) ...

AIPP Statement on International Indigenous Peoples Day 2014: Realizing the rights of indigenous peoples at the national level

Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on the occasion of the International Indigenous Peoples Day on August 9,2014 Warmest solidarity greetings from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact- AIPP! There are major global processes taking place this year, with enormous impacts on indigenous peoples in Asia and across the globe. On September 22-23, 2014, the UN General Assembly will convene a High Level Panel meeting that is known as the “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples “(WCIP). The objective of the WCIP is “to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including to ...

Our Forest Our Life

This community friendly animation video explains the basic concept of climate change and its disproportionate impacts to Indigenous Peoples (IP). It elaborates on the international agreement to mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly REDD+ ( Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and the key concerns of indigenous peoples. The video also highlights the collective rights of indigenous peoples enshrined in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Another highlight of the video is on the roles and contributions of indigenous women in the natural resource management. length of video: 17 minutes Asia Indigenous Peoples ...

Request for Endorsement: Significant concerns with the proposed World Bank safeguards for indigenous peoples

Dear friends and colleagues, After reviewing the internal draft revised safeguard policies of the World Bank including the IP Policy (leaked copy), it is very alarming that while it contains the provision on FPIC, its is practically useless as borrowing countries can opt out not to implement the policy at all. Likewise, the FPIC provisions need to be strengthened as well as the legal recognition on the rights to land, territories and resources of indigenous peoples. Below is the statement prepared jointly by AIPP — Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the FPP — Forest Peoples Programme containing our serious concerns ...

Statement: Significant concerns with the proposed World Bank safeguards for indigenous peoples

July 29, 2014 To: Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE)World Bank Group Dear Members, As you review the draft revised safeguard policies of the World Bank, including the policy provisions for indigenous peoples (ESS7) and decide on the way forward, we would like to raise our serious concerns for your consideration and action. Contained in the draft ESS are new standards intended to “ensure that the development process fosters full respect for the human rights” of indigenous peoples (proposed ESS7). While we recognize that these standards have been improved in their inclusion of a requirement to obtain free, prior and informed ...

Asia Caucus statement on the zero draft for the outcome document of WCIP

Asia Caucus statement on the zero draft for the outcome document of the  UN High Level Panel known as the   UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)  presented during the information consultation with the UN President of the General Assembly. Thank you and Kopivosian Mr. Chairman, First, the Asia Caucus would also like to acknowledge the work of the President of the General Assembly (PGA) and the team of advisors in producing the zero draft which reflects certain recommendations from the Alta outcome document as well as recommendations made by the Asia caucus during the first round of consultations ...

Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challenges

The video on “Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challenges” expounds on the important role of community based forest management in indigenous peoples’ livelihood and food security; spiritual and cultural values; and climate change mitigation. The video focuses on the land use system of Lua (La-weu) indigenous peoples including sustainable practice of shifting cultivation in northern Thailand; and the challenges faced by the Bhagpani and Sitalupakha Women’s Community Forestry User Groups on forest management in Nepal.The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) produced this video in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples’ ...

Asia Indigenous Caucus Statement at EMRIP 7th Session, 7 – 11 July 2014

Agenda Item 7: United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples Madam/Mr. Chair, expert members, distinguished government delegates, indigenous brothers and sisters, The Asia Caucus is pleased to inform the EMRIP of several developments in the realization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. In Indonesia, the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Archipelago, AMAN, has won its case in the Constitutional Court through its declaration that customary forests are not state forests, affirming indigenous peoples’ customary rights over their forests.