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Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples’ rights


Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). With many of the world’s bauxite mines, and the rivers used to generate power for its processing, located in or near indigenous peoples’ territories, the aluminium industry needs to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples are respected ...

AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)Public Statement 23 October 2015 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has called for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in its comments on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Peoples Major Group Position Paper on Proposed SDG Indicators


Elaborated by AIPP, CADPI, IITC & Tebtebba The global goals and targets for sustainable development have been adopted but indicators are still being formulated. Indicators define what will be measured, and thus how the goals and targets will be implemented. In this position paper Indigenous peoples point at some of their most central concerns on indicators, implementation and monitoring of the 2030 development agenda. This Paper is elaborated by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Centro para la Autonomía y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indígenas,International Indian Treaty Council and Tebtebba Foundation, with the support of Danish Institute for Human Rights, Forest Peoples Programme ...

PHILIPPINES: Indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia call for immediate end to continued killings and abuses of Lumads in Mindanao

20 October 2015 – More than seventy indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia are calling for an end to the continued killings of and other abuses against Lumads in Mindanao in their joint letter of appeal letter to President Benigno Aquino III after another Lumad leader was killed last September. These organizations also call for an independent and transparent investigation on the roles and accountability of both the paramilitary forces and the Philippine Army in the violence against the Lumads who are the indigenous peoples of southern Philippines in the island of Mindanao.

Land Rights Now! : The International Land Coalition’s Asia Regional Assembly marks the beginning of a new phase of action plan for just, equitable and inclusive land rights


On October 6th 2015, more than 80 representatives from the 40 Asia members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and other land governance advocates gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and developed a regional work plan in implementing the first phase of the ILC 6-year global strategy. This plan puts into action the collaborative implementation of the 10 commitments of ILC on land governance in the context of Asia which include secure land tenure for farmers and local communities, territorial land rights for indigenous peoples, equal land rights for women with 3 key strategies of connect, mobilize and influence. Mr. Mike ...

Inter-Learning Exchange: Key to Strengthening Solidarity and Exchange of Knowledge and Experience Among Indigenous Peoples


“At the end, only indigenous peoples themselves can sustainably fight for their rights.” – Abdon Nababan, Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) in Indonesia With the aim of strengthening the solidarity, collaboration, and inter-learning of indigenous communities and organizations and their support groups in the region, AIPP with support from Misereor and in collaboration with the NGO Forum on Cambodia conducted a 3-day learning exchange in Kasepuhan Sinar Resmi, Cipta Mulya, and Ciptagelar in Banten Kidul, West Java, Indonesia. This learning exchange hosted by AMAN was participated by indigenous representatives from the Philippines, India, and ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Declaration on the 21st Session of the UNFCCC-Conference of Parties (COP21)


Indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia held a Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 21st Session of the UN Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) from 16-18 September 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The countries include Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Lao PDR, Taiwan/China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines and Vietnam. There are at least 260 million indigenous peoples in Asia, making it the most culturally diverse region in the world. We, the Asia indigenous peoples, whose homes are in the mountains and forests, the coasts and small islands have the least contribution to the ...

UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)Joan Carling Interactive Dialogue 5: Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions We are around 5´000 distinct indigenous peoples from all regions of the world. We nourish the forests, deserts, rivers and fields that form part of our culture. Our traditional knowledge is built through centuries of symbiotic interaction and co-­‐ dependence with our natural environment. We are governed by our customary institutions that provide for social cohesion, cooperation and collective resilience; access to justice; sustainable resource management systems for the common good, and; solidarity relations with other peoples. We are self-­‐ governing peoples and rights-­‐ holders, ...

INDIA: Stop forced evictions of indigenous Gond people for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve

22 September 2015 – Government authorities in India must intervene immediately to stop forced evictions of indigenous Gonds for expansion of Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, AIPP urged in a letter to them. More than 200 Gond tribals in Umaravan village are facing serious threat of forced evictions from their houses and lands after local police and forest officials descended in the village on Saturday and threatened to evict them forcefully if they do not vacate willfully in the next few days. The Gond people in the village have long survived by living off their land and forests.

AIPP, Cultural Survival and NIPT make joint submission on the rights of indigenous peoples for Thailand’s UPR

22 September 2015 – AIPP, Cultural Survival and the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) on Monday (21 September) made a joint submission on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples for the 2nd Universal Periodic Review of Thailand scheduled for April 2016. The joint submission was prepared in light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Thailand voted in favor of in 2007. The submission reports that although the indigenous peoples in Thailand comprise approximately 1% of the Thai population, these communities are facing serious issues that are threatening and essentially, prohibiting the rights guaranteed ...