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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:

Practical Guide for Media Practitioners on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia [New Publication]

Two thirds of the world’s 370 million indigenous population are in Asia and they represent a significant proportion of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in the region. Their vulnerability arises from a situation where they are often marginalized in economic development programs and are excluded from political participation in their respective countries in the region. A contributory factor that also keeps indigenous peoples in the vicious cycles of social and political exclusion and marginalization is the lack of information and inadequate communication channels for them to voice out their perspectives and influence public opinions. There is also the lack ...

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) on Rights to Development

There are at least 350 million indigenous peoples around the world, which is 5% of the global population. However, 15 % of the poorest of the poor are amongst indigenous peoples. The majority (2/3) of indigenous peoples are in ASia, who continue to be marginalized and discriminated. However indigenous peoples are again invisible in the current negotiations to achieve the United Nations post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. It is thereby important to understand and respect the rights and aspirations of indigenous peoples as critical partners in achieving sustainable development. Indigenous peoples have the right to freely determine their own political ...