Author Archives: Hpuji Nawng

AIPP Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: Defending our rights for Justice, Peace and a Sustainable World

Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9th August 2018 In recent years, we have seen significant increase in the attacks on human rights defenders and have witnessed the shrinking of civic space. At least 1019 human rights defenders, journalists and trade unionists have been killed in 61 countries since 2015[1], most of whom were protecting their community’s land and natural resources. Approximately, 40 percent of these are indigenous brothers and sisters from around the world, including Asia. In Asia, development aggression and militarization have been notorious in perpetuating serious human rights violations. With several authoritarian and ...

Written statement by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd Session

Introduction This written statement is submitted by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd Session, in line with the communications submission procedure. We respectfully acknowledge the upcoming priority theme of Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and commend the commission’s work towards ensuring a sustainable and just future for women and girls everywhere. Despite progress in some areas of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and given the worsening conditions for human ...

Ms. Chang: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

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. ...

Bae Annabel Mansiguiao: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Philippines

I am Bae Annabel Mansiguiao, from Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental. We have an organization, Tagtabulon, a coming together of the Higaonons in Misamis Oriental. During the time of Marcos, I, as a child, experienced militarization in our community. And it is happening until now. Different communities here in the region – in Bukidnon, Agusan, Misamis Oriental – there has been several violations of human rights. There were those killed, captured, harassed. Our rights as Indigenous Peoples, were not respected. That is why we, the Indigenous Peoples, are against Martial Law. It hasn’t helped us develop, hasn’t given us livelihoods in our ...

Yohanes Balubun: Message from an Indigenous Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

Name: Yohanes Balubun Ethnicity: Ohoi El, Kei Kecil, Southeast Maluku, Indonesia Yohanes Yohathan Balubun (YB) was an indigenous peoples’ human rights defender and a lawyer from Maluku who dedicated his entire life to the struggles of indigenous peoples in Maluku and beyond. He belongs to the Ohoi El community in Southeast Maluku and was born on 8 September 1975. He was murdered in April 2016, leaving his wife and two children, Vandhana (girl, 14) and Alfa (boy, 5), deeply saddened as their father, the one and only breadwinner, was gone. YB had been the chairperson of AMAN Maluku since it ...

Indigenous peoples in Asia and their rights to participate in public affairs

Regional consultation for the Asia and Pacific region on draft guidelines on the effective implementation of the right to participate in public affairs Bangkok, Thailand 2-3 October 2017 Indigenous peoples in Asia and their rights to participate in public affairs Presented by: Patricia Miranda Wattimena Advocacy Coordinator, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Background Indigenous peoples constitute about 5% of the world’s population with an estimated number of 370 million. However, they account for 15% of the poorest rural people. Asia region is home for around 70% of the indigenous peoples worldwide. Indigenous peoples are known by different names – such as ...

Nepal: Police must refrain from using unnecessary force against peaceful demonstrations of Kathmandu’s road expansion affected communities

Nepal: Police must refrain from using unnecessary force against peaceful demonstrations of Kathmandu’s road expansion affected communities For immediate release 7 September 2017 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) calls on Nepal Police to refrain from using unnecessary force against peaceful demonstrations of communities affected by road expansion in Kathmandu. Dozens of demonstrators, including at least two women, were injured on Tuesday after police baton-charged and booted them during a rally of the affected communities. AIPP condemns the high-handedness of the police at the rally and urges the Nepalese authorities to uphold the right to peaceful assembly and rule of law in ...

A historic win for human rights – AIPP congratulates its first Secretary General, Luingam Luithui, upon his victory for the restoration of his fundamental right to citizenship after 22-year of ordeal

A historic win for human rights AIPP congratulates its first Secretary General, Luingam Luithui, upon his victory for the restoration of his fundamental right to citizenship after 22-year of ordeal  29 August 2017 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) marks the Delhi High Court order to affirm the fundamental citizenship right of Luingam Luithui, a prominent Naga human rights advocate, as a historic victory for human rights in India. Along with Luithui, the Court on 24 August has finally ordered the restoration of Indian citizenship of his wife, Peingamla. The Court has ruled that it is due to the unconstitutional acts ...

Thailand: Thai Military Must Drop Unlawful Charges Against Academics

We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against academics and participants who attended a recent conference in Chiang Mai, and to uphold academic freedom in line with Thailand’s human rights obligations. This week, Professor (in Thai, Ajarn) Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and five other academics have been asked to report to police for actions related to the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies, held from 15 to 18 July, 2017 in Chiang Mai. Prof. Chayan and the others are being charged with violating the Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. ...