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Su Hsin: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

Su Hsin, an indigenous women human rights defender of the Papora Indigenous Development Association from Taiwan speaking about initiative of Papora indigenous group to combat climate change and how the community survived land slide, flood and other natural disasters caused by climate change affecting their territory and sacred sites. She calls for solidarity of all the peoples across the world to help secure land rights and to create sustainable environment.  

Message from An Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan #LandRightsNow! #16daysofaction

Ms. Echo L.P. Chang is Papora indigenous woman from the Central Region in Taiwan, nearly seventy years old. She is one of the most important human rights defenders fights for the Ping-pu indigenous peoples (Ping-pu indigenous peoples are not recognized by under the laws in Taiwan, nearly 11 ethnic groups.) She spends her life fighting for human rights of Ping-pu indigenous peoples. She appeals loudly that Taiwan Government must recognize the rights of the Ping-pu indigenous peoples and boost its efforts to address violations of their human rights, rights to education, in particular their collective land rights and cultural rights. ...

Betty Belen: Message from an Indigenous Women Human Rights Defenders from Philippines #LandRightsNow #16Daysofaction

In this video, Betty Belen of Innabuyog-Gabriela* from Lubuagan, Kalinga, Cordillera Region, who is part of the indigenous peoples movement against the geothermal project of Chevron, explains about how the influx of various extractive industries into indigenous peoples’ territories can have negative impacts on indigenous women, their livelihoods and their traditional way of life. The indigenous women human rights defenders in the Philippines have been at the forefront of the struggle for recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights and protection of their ancestral lands. *Innabuyog- Gabriela is the alliance of indigenous women’s organization in the Cordillera.  

Messages from An Indigenous Women Human Rights Defender from Bangladesh #LandRightsNow #16Daysofaction

My name is Purba Chakma. I am from Khagrachari district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Bangladesh). I think the main issue of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is the land issue. Indigenous Peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts are constantly facing this. Due to implementation of the Kaptai Hydroelectric Power Project on the Karnaphuli River in 1960, thousands of Hill Peoples were displaced from their ancestral lands. Moreover, during the General Zia and General Ershad’s regime, plain land Bengalis were brought to the CHT with false promises under a state-initiated program. As a result, the settler Bengalis grabbed the lands ...

Radio Program Guide on the UNDRIP

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) believes that media has an important role to play in the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights as well as their inclusive participation in decision making and social equity. With this belief, AIPP established the Indigenous Voices in Asia Network (IVAN) as a platform to promote solidarity and cooperation among journalists and indigenous activists in advancing and defending media freedom, freedom of information, indigenous peoples’ rights and democracy in Asia. Through the network, AIPP has been empowering indigenous media professionals and rights activists through capacity building activities, engaging with national and regional government bodies for greater access to ...

AIPP Chairperson delivered Asia Indigenous Peoples’ statement in the high level opening session of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the COP23

Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, Chairperson of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) spoke on behalf of Asian Indigenous Peoples in the high level opening session of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day on 7 Nov in Bonn Zone in the Twenty Third Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP23). This is the first time in the history of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that indigenous peoples’ organisations are allowed to organise Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the Conference of Parties (COP). The other speakers in the high level opening session of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day included; COP22 President, COP23 President and the ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Addressing Implementation gaps of the Paris Agreement through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Addressing Implementation gaps of the Paris Agreement through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform” on 7 November 2017. The local communities and indigenous peoples’ platform was established by decision 1/CP.21 for the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner. Furthermore, the decision recognizes the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples relating to addressing and ...

AIPP and IWGIA statement in response to the priority theme of 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Introduction This written statement is respectfully submitted by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women in response to the priority theme, Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls, of the 62nd Session. This submission outlines main challenges and opportunities facing indigenous women and girls, who make up roughly 2.5% of the global population and who mostly inhabit rural areas. This statement is framed around the 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, of which Goals 1, 5, and 15 have ...

Indigenous women and Indigenous Peoples as main subjects of SDGs: A Position Paper by PEREMPUAN AMAN on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

‘Leave No One Behind’ should mean and ensure that no single person is left behind in the realization of the sustainable development BACKGROUND The United Nations (UN) has estimated the total number of Indigenous persons in the world is about 370 million. About 2/3 of the total Indigenous population are concentrated in Asia, which made Asia as the region with the highest cultural diversity in the world. With the diversity of traditional knowledge, heritage and sustainable management system of natural resources, Indigenous Peoples are capable of actively contributing to sustainable developments in their countries. However, Indigenous Peoples in Asia are ...