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Philippines: Over 2,000 Indigenous Peoples In South Cotabato Awarded Land Titles

Danilo E. Doguiles, 2012 Some 2,686 farmers in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato could finally claim they officially own the land they till.This after the Department of Agrarian Reform in this province awarded to them as Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries their Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs). Provincial agrarian officer II Felix Frias said among these ARBs, 2,256 are indigenous peoples of the T’boli tribe. These CLOAs pertained to 13 land parcels with a total land area of 6,793 hectares at Barangay Tasiman of said town, Frias added.

The Philippines: Threats against indigenous human rights defender Ms Erita Capion Dialang after the killing of relatives in an army attack

Indigenous human rights defender Ms Erita Capion Dialang has been under threat since the killing of her sister-in-law on 18 October 2012, during an attack by a battalion of the Philippine armed forces. Erita Capion Dialang is the chairperson of the indigenous peoples’ organisation KALGAD, which is active in South Cotabato province, and part of a large alliance of indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao. While there have been reports of members of the community using force, Erita Capion Dialang has continued to peacefully denounce crimes by the military and oppose Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI), a multinational mining corporation that wants ...

Sarawak: Baram Villagers Showed Displeasure Towards Their Community Chiefs For Supporting The Proposed Baram Dam In Long Lama

About 450 villagers made up of different ethnic groups from all over Baram gathered at a normally sleepy town of Long Lama on 29 October 2012 to demonstrate peacefully and show their displeasure towards some of their community leaders for supporting the proposed Baram Hydro Electric Project (HEP).Banners and placards stating Stop Baram Dam and Stop Mega Dams were unfurled during the demonstration followed by cries from the villagers to call on the government and the relevant authorities to listen to their pleas. The demonstration started at around 10.00 am, outside the Long Lama Sub-District Office and then the villagers ...

List of Indigenous Policies

International Finance Corporation (IFC – World Bank Group) Performance Standard 7: Indigenous Peoples (2011) Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Policy On Indigenous and Tribal Peoples 2010 Asian Development Bank (ADB) Safeguard Policy Statement 2009 International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples 2009 United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues 2008 The World Bank Policy on Indigenous Peoples FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples

Philippines: On The Celebration Of 15th Anniversary Of Indigenous Peoples Right Act (IPRA)

Indigenous peoples (IPs) under the KATRIBU Indigenous Peoples Sectoral Party view that 15 years after the enactment of the Indigenous People Rights Act (IPRA), genuine recognition much more the realization of our collective rights remain an aspiration. There is much to be done for IPs to assert and attain our inherent right to land and self-determination. The IPRA, touted as the landmark law to uphold our collective and human rights, has been inutile to protect our rights. After 15 years, our sacred lands are rapidly lost to big business interests like destructive large-scale mining. Our cultural rights and heritage are ...

Shikamo Festival: Remembering the Tribal Way of Life

“Imagine an encyclopedia written by your ancestors on your culture, myth and social mores. Imagine that once every year, these stories come out of the ancient pages and start singing and dancing in front of your eyes,” says IndiaUnheard Tribal correspondent Devidas from South Goa as he attempts to describe the oral tradition of his community’s history and knowledge. “A tribal festival is more than just colorful costumes and song and dance. It is an expression of our tradition. It is the passing over of knowledge from one generation to the other.” Devidas’ village celebrates tribal festival of ‘Shikamo’ every ...

Philippines: Anti-Mining Activist Survives Ambush

KATRIBU Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist condemns the ambush of another anti-mining activist and environmentalist in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. We call on indigenous peoples, ancestral land defenders and defenders of the environment to condemn this latest incident and escalating killings of anti-mining activists and indigenous peoples. Yesterday, at around 3:30 in the afternoon, on his way home, unidentified assailants shot at Dr. Isidro Olan. He survived the attempt on his life and is now recuperating at the Madrid Municipal Hospital. He is the Executive Director of the Lovers of Nature Foundation Inc. and a member of CARAGA Watch. The CARAGA Watch ...

Indigenous Peoples Conduct Workshop on their Contributions and Challenges to Sustainable Development at the Asia-Europe Peoples Forum 9

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Vientiane, Laos- Sustainable development for indigenous peoples should be the growth or progress of their indigenous communities in their originality or within the context of their ethnic identity in a holistic way. This was one of the key messages of indigenous peoples who attended the recently concluded Asia-Europe Peoples Forum in Vientiane, Laos last 16-19 October 2012.In a side event entitled Indigenous Peoples Contributions and Challenges to Sustainable Development organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Gender Development Association (GDA), and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), around 70 individuals composing of indigenous peoples, government officials and civil ...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples Welcome Positive Development In Signing Of GPH-MILF Framework But Remain Cautious

Indigenous peoples under the KATRIBU partylist regard the Framework Agreement as a positive development, albeit in a cautious way, in the on-going peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippine (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to pursue a just resolution to the age-old struggle of the Moro people for self-determination. We also recognize the determination of the MILF to further the Moro peoples aspirations for self-determination and just peace. While the Framework Agreement includes provisions that respect the freedom of choice, customary rights and traditions of indigenous peoples, we remain vigilant, as we monitor the subsequent progress ...