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Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Philippines

Name: Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay Ethnicity: Manobo, Lumad peoples, Mindanao, Philippines At age 92, Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay is one of the highly revered Lumad leaders of Mindanao. She has gained reputation as a woman warrior who bravely joined the pangayaw (tribal war) against intruders in the ancestral lands of the Manobo in the Pantaron Range. She “broke” all traditions by going beyond the traditional roles assigned to women when she became tribal chieftain and warrior, and defied even the limits of age when she performed these roles. But she also broke the norm by opting out of the usual path taken ...

Panai Kusui: Message from an Indigenous woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

In this video, Panai Kusui of Pinuyumayan Indigenous Peoples from Taiwan  calls for Taiwanese government to restore and recognize indigenous peoples’ original rights as well as equal treatment to all people living in Taiwan regardless of their ethnicity. She also explains about the need to empower women to enable them to exercise their inherent rights as well as to foster stronger collaboration among women to promote and protect their rights.

Philippines: Stop harassment of human rights defender and their organization in Mindanao, Lift the Martial Law without further delay

5 December 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)[1] strongly condemns the harassment and intimidation to a 21-year-old staff of Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP – NMR) with threats of rape against her and threats against her family. RMP – NMR has been receiving threats for the past four months but this recent incident is particularly alarming.[2] On 20 November 2017, a person identifying him/herself as an intelligence asset of the 4th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) threatened the RMP – NMR staff and claimed that her parents and siblings are ...

Erlina Darakay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

Our customary forest, Djamona Raa forest, has been destroyed again under the name of HPH (Forest Concession Rights). We urge the police to give us justice and arrest the illegal loggers. Because we, Rebi indigenous community, never give our consent for the outsiders to enter our Djamona Raa customary forest. Because from the time of our ancestors until today we have been maintaining and preserving our Djamona Raa forest. So our children and their future generations can inherit (Djamona Raa forest) and see the Vanan or birds of paradise, Jonga or deer, Alke or parrot king birds, Pelanduk (mouse deer) ...

Closing plenary statement of Indigenous Peoples Caucus at the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus held November 26, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights November 27-29, 2017 Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe gathered in caucus on November 26, 2017. We saluted the efforts of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Whereas the focus of the Forum that brings us together has as a specific theme the third pillar of the Guiding Principles, known as the mechanisms for effective remedy for victims of human rights violations by companies, we bring you the following ...

Khadga Magar: Message from an Indigenous Person with Disability from Nepal

My name is Khadga Bahadur Magar. I am from Ramechhap district and I am the President of Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA). The major issues of persons with disabilities includes their meaningful participation and decisive roles in the decision-making processes in relevant areas. The participation and representation of persons with disability in decision making processes is necessary to ensure their rights. Nepal is multi-lingual, multi-religion, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country and has diverse geographical locations. There is diversity within persons with disability in this diverse country. This diversity means indigenous persons with disabilities. Their meaningful participation should be ensured in relevant state ...

AIPP concludes its Third Regional Adaptation Learning Highway in Nepal

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) organized the knowledge exchange trip ‘Regional Adaptation Learning Highway’ with cooperation from its local partners; NGO-Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NGO-FONIN) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) in Nepal from 13-15 October 2017. The twenty-four representatives of indigenous peoples from Thailand, Philippines and Nepal participated in the knowledge exchange. The exchange also had two non-indigenous government officials of Nepal and Thailand working closely with the indigenous networks on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Indigenous peoples participating in this exchange have been consistently raising the issues of climate change and its effect on the lives, livelihoods ...

Pratima Gurung: Message from an Indigenous Woman with Disability from Nepal

Pratima Gurung has been strong in advocating for the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities, not only in Nepal but also across the world. On the occasion of the international disability day, she calls for more attention and recognition to the role and contribution of indigenous persons with disabilities, particularly indigenous women.