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Partnership Strengthens Voice of Asia-Pacific Indigenous Peoples on REDD+

Raising awareness and building capacity of land right holders and their organizations for policy advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region continue to be important as countries move ahead with REDD+. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, has joined hands with local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation between indigenous peoples (IP), ethnic minorities, the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

Statement on the work of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business and its Forum on Business and Human Rights

26th Session of the Human Rights CouncilJune 2014 All over the world Indigenous peoples are suffering negative impacts on their enjoyment of their human rights due to the activities of transnational corporations and other businesses operating in or near their lands and territories. Such impacts were recognized as ‘disproportionate’ by the former representative of the Secretary- General, Professor John Ruggie.  Due to this situation, indigenous peoples’ organizations and support groups greeted the consensus adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (herein, ‘the Guiding Principles’) as a first step towards ensuring accountability and appropriate remedy where their ...

Statement on the work of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business and its Forum on Business and Human Rights

26th Session of the Human Rights CouncilJune 2014 All over the world Indigenous peoples are suffering negative impacts on their enjoyment of their human rights due to the activities of transnational corporations and other businesses operating in or near their lands and territories. Such impacts were recognized as ‘disproportionate’ by the former representative of the Secretary- General, Professor John Ruggie.  Due to this situation, indigenous peoples’ organizations and support groups greeted the consensus adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (herein, ‘the Guiding Principles’) as a first step towards ensuring accountability and appropriate remedy where their ...

India NGO CEDAW Shadow Report And status of Adivasi/Tribal Women in India for the 58th Session of CEDAW

This report presents the issues of adivasi/tribal women who came together to voice their concerns at state, national and international levels. The Inter State Adivasi Women‘s Network (ISAWN) and Indigenous Women‘s Forum of North East India (IWFNEI) together started the preparation process of this report. This report reflects the situation of Adivasi/tribal peoples across India who are facing human rights violations to their individual and collective rights. Indigenous women are experiencing multiple layers of discrimination and violence not only because they are women, but also because they are indigenous. Thus, this report makes reference primarily to CEDAW but also included ...

Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable use under United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop brings representative of Governments,Indigenous leaders and local communities leaders from 12 countries to learn together and formed community of like-minded people. The purpose of the capacity building workshop is to strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples, local communities and National Focal Points on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Customary Sustainable Use (CSU)and prepare them as trainers to develop national or local capacity-building workshops, in line with the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the UN decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular the achievements Target 18.

PRESS RELEASE: Tribal Women Leaders Unite Against Violence

NEW DELHI: Tribal women leaders from cross cultural and geographical boundaries gathered in the capital to reflect on growing violence against tribal women. In a national Workshop on “The Situation of Tribal Women in India”, held at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, they discussed on common issues such as discrimination on the basis of their gender and ethnicity, forced displacement, depletion of their natural environment and resources, loss of territories, militarization, maoist violence, trafficking and migration, poverty and denial of socio-cultural rights etc.

Letter to the World Bank on their Indigenous Peoples safeguard policy (OP 4.10) and safeguard review process

As the World Bank nears the completion of the first phase of its safeguards review we see this as a unique opportunity for the Bank to demonstrate its ability to listen and be more inclusive to the voices, demands of and be more accountable to key stakeholders including indigenous peoples.  In particular, we believe that your positive intervention at this critical stage of the review process in relation to the recognition, protection and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights, in particular to land tenure and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), will signal a new path for the Bank’s commitment to ...

Agenda Item 6: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Delivered by Binota Moy Dhamai, on behalf of the Asia IPs Caucus

13th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues UN Headquarter, 12 – 23 May 2014 Thank you Madam Chair, honourable members of the Permanent Forum, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. First of all, we would like to inform the Permanent Forum that the Asia Caucus does not support or endorse the so-called “Global Caucus” statement, which cannot be claimed to have the support of the Asia IP Caucus. As an established practice, any statement of the global caucus is subject to discussion, support and endorsement of the regional caucuses first before it is finalized by the Global Caucus. ...

Recommendation statement of Asia IPs and CSOs for the revision of World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank safeguard policies on Indigenous Peoples

Twenty-seven (27) participants from 20 indigenous organizations in 8 countries in Asia and two (2) civil society organizations gathered for the  “Regional Training on Safeguard Polices and Grievance Mechanisms of International Financial Institutions” in Sagada, Philippines. We have studied and discussed the safeguard policies and grievance mechanisms of international finance institutions and have reflected on the experiences of our communities and peoples with projects funded by these institutions. We recognise that the policies of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are now, or soon to, undergo review and we wish to provide our perspectives into the ...

Briefing Paper: Overview of the State of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

In Asia “indigenous peoples” as a term is contentious. The fact remains, however, that the individual and collective rights of peoples who self-identify as indigenous peoples are being violated on a daily basis. All too often, their territories are sacrificed and expropriated for state-sponsored development and corporate projects that lead to gross and wide-scale violations of their collective rights, especially regarding their lands, territories, and resources. The unilateral declaration of national parks and conservation areas, the granting of concessions for mining, logging, plantations, and other extractive industries—as well as infrastructure development for national development—have dispossessed and marginalized many indigenous peoples ...