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Advancing the respect and recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKAPA)

Karen Indigenous Woman of Maeyod village in Northern Thailand, with herbs and vegetables harvested from the rotational agriculture field. Rotational agriculture or shifting cultivation is the cultural heritage of Indigenous Communities and source of livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and enhancement, and food security for millions of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. Indigenous Women are the primary knowledge holders and perform 70% of the work of rotational agriculture. Photo credit: Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, AIPP. Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) and Mapping Community-based monitoring and information system (CBMIS) is not a new practice in global movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. For ...

Letter to President of ECOSOC on the appointment of Indigenous Peoples’ expert from Asia for UNPFII 2020-22 term

Appointment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Expert from Asia for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) for the 2020-22 Term Her ExcellencyInga Rhonda KingPresident of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)And Ambassador and Permanent Representativeof Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United NationsUnited Nations HeadquartersNew York, USA 30 July 2019 Your Excellency, Warm greetings from indigenous sisters and brothers from across the world! We refer to the letter dated 18 April 2019 submitted by AIPP to Your Excellency on behalf of 26 organizations of Asia from 14 countries, whose representatives met in Malaysia on 3-7 March 2019, ...

Joint Statement to the 12 Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on “Conservation and Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Prepared by: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Nalori Dhammei Chakma We, indigenous peoples in Asia, have been conserving our mountains, forests, rivers, seas, rangelands and deserts for millennia through our customary laws and sustainable conservation practices. For example, in Malaysia, indigenous peoples practice a traditional ‘Tagal’ system to manage and promote sustainable use of rivers, fisheries, forests and watersheds. In Indonesia, indigenous peoples have customary rules or ‘Sasi law’ to manage natural resources, including seas and rivers. In Thailand, indigenous Karen people practice a traditional ritual known as “Lue thi” to conserve river and aquatic animals. ...

Joint Statement to the 12 Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Agenda Item 8: UNDRIP, Including Study on Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation.

Prepared by: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Mr. Neingulo Krome, Secretary General, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights In the recent years, there have been examples of recognition, reparation and reconciliation initiatives that specifically dealt/deal with the rights of indigenous peoples in Asia via various forms, including the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Accord in Bangladesh; the Framework Agreement of 3rd August 2015 (Naga Peace Accord 2015) and other groups in Northeast India; the 2015 National Ceasefire Agreement and ongoing peace process in Myanmar;  the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal after more than a 7-year ...

Call for Application: Finance Officer [RE-ADVERTISED]

Position: Finance officer Team Duration of the Contract: 1 year and more (subjected to availability of funding) Probation period: 3 months. The contract will be renewed annually subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds Reports to: Finance Manager Station: AIPP Regional Secretariat, Chiang Mai, Thailand Application call date: July 18, 2019 Application deadline: August 9, 2019 September 15, 2019 Interview: Only shortlisted candidates will be informed for interview. Background: The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization established in 19 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights ...

Joint Statement to the 12th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Borders, Migration and Displacement

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Jacqueline Cariño Indigenous peoples in many Asian countries experience similar situations of displacement, eviction and forced migration within and across borders. These are due to various historical and contemporary factors and issues, including the following: Non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights in many Asian countries. This leads to development aggression and displacement by dams, mining, energy projects, logging, plantations and tourism projects. A few recent examples of displacement due to the construction and commissioning of dams are the Sardar Sarovar dam in the Narmada River and the Mapithel dam in Thoubal ...

AIPP’s briefing paper for HLPF 2019

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) prepared a briefing paper for the High-Level Political Forum 2019 on Sustainable Development. It is titled “Participation for empowerment: How are indigenous peoples faring in the SDGs?”. The e-version of the briefing paper is available for download here.

Appointment of the Indigenous Peoples expert from Asia for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) for the term of 2020-22

11 July 2019 Dear Indigenous Brothers and Sisters in Asia, Warm greetings from AIPP! It is with regret we inform you that Mr. Abdon Nababan, AMAN (the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago), Indonesia, whom you have supported and voted for, has not been appointed as the expert member to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) by ECOSOC. Instead, Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary (from Nepal) has been reappointed by ECOSOC for the term 2020-2022. This will be his second term as the expert member to the UNPFII. Based on the ECOSOC Resolution 2000/22 on the Establishment of the Permanent ...

Call for Application: Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme Officer

Position: Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme Officer Team Duration of the Contract: 1 year and more (subjected to availability of funding) Probation period: 3 months. The contract will be renewed annually subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds Reports to: Human Rights Campaign and Policy and Advocacy (HRCPA) Programme Coordinator Station: AIPP Regional Secretariat, Chiang Mai, Thailand Application call date: July 9, 2019 Application deadline: July 25, 2019 Interview: Only shortlisted candidates will be informed for interview. Background: The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization established in 19 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is ...

AIPP’s Handbook on Extractive Industries and FPIC of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples face many questions and challenges when confronted with mining activities in their communities. What are extractive industries and mining? What laws govern mining in their country? What are the requirements and obligations of companies engaged in mining? What happens in the process of mining and what are its social, environmental and economic impacts? What are the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to extractive industries? What legal instruments can be used to assert these rights? What is free prior and informed consent (FPIC)? What steps should be taken in obtaining FPIC? How can indigenous communities engage and participate ...