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Declaration: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and Indigenous Peoples: Resisting Globalization, Asserting Self-Determination

We, the Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth gathered here in Bali, Indonesia on 2-6 December 2013, organizing our own workshop and various events parallel to the World Trade Organization Ninth Ministerial Meeting (WTO MC9), hereby agreed to resist neoliberal globalization and assert our right to Self-Determination. As Indigenous Peoples of the land and the waters, we have a close relationship to Mother Earth and nature. This relationship tells us that life on Mother Earth is in danger and coming to a time of great transformation. We are accepting the responsibility as the guardians of the earth, which has been designated ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Nov18 – Nov 24, 2013)

North East India: Protest over land reforms in Tripura – Opposition stages sit-in Published On Sunday, November 24, 2013 Agartala, Nov. 24: The Opposition Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) today staged a sit-in to protest against the 10th amendment of the Tripura Land Reforms and Land Revenue Act, 1960. The Autonomous District Council for tribals is protesting against the proposed amendment, which is now … Malaysia: Penans protest against Bukit Aman’s use of force in dam issue Published On Wednesday, November 20, 2013. A group of Penans outside Bukit Aman protesting against police action on natives who are fighting ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Nov 11-18, 2013)

Statement: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project We, indigenous organizations from Malaysia and Asia, are deeply concerned about the Sarawak State Government’s actions against the Indigneous Penans protesting the impounding of water at the Murum Dam in Ulu Belaga, Sarawak. Reports from the people on the ground and newspapers indicate that the police have arrested at least ten indigenous Penans including two minors, took down banners, and dismantled wooden barriers and seized their donation box with money amounting to RM700.00….. Appeal for support for the indigenous peoples affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Nov 3-10, 2013)

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 Nov. 2013 Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples. We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo the self-selection process and inform about their representatives to the partnership. Letter for ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Asia (Oct 25-31, 2013)

Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) – Commission on Status of Women Fifty-eighth session (2014) Published On Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Priority theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Indigenous people in Asia account for an estimated two thirds of the world’s indigenous peoples – estimated to be around 370 million. Compared … Submission to CEDAW: General Discussion on Rural Women Published On Thursday, October 31, 2013. Written Submission to the General Discussion on Rural Women,  (Held on 7 October 2013) ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Asia (Oct 21-25, 2013 )

Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) Network in Asia Published On Tuesday, October 22, 2013. “Advancing our collective rights, defending our communities!” We, Indigenous Peoples human rights defenders representing 17 organizations from nine countries in Asia gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 16-19, 2013, discussed and shared our issues, experiences and challenges we are facing on the ground and strategies … Malaysia: Malaysia’s indigenous block dam construction Published On Friday, October 25, 2013. Communities in Sarawak state protest against hydro electric project that they say will submerge their homes and land. Hundreds of Malaysian indigenous people ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in Asia (Oct 7-11, 2013)

Coalition calls for indigenous representation in REDD+ Partnership Published On Thursday, October 10, 2013. Indigenous people should have a permanent representative in a partnership of 75 countries that aims to decrease the global carbon footprint through reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), a civil society coalition says. Asia- and Australia-based members of the REDD+ Safeguards Working Group (R-SWG), … Myanmar: Press release – HURFOM releases “Disputed Territory” to highlight unjust land acquisition in Mon areas Published On Wednesday, October 09, 2013. The Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) has released a report titled “Disputed Territory: Mon farmers’ fight ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Sep 15 – 20, 2013)

Human Rights Council 24th Regular Session: Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) by Joan Carling, Secretary General Published On Wednesday, September 18, 2013. We wish to emphasize that as contained in the report, the non-recognition of indigenous peoples by many Asia states as distinct peoples with collective rights remains  a big challenge. The violations to the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources in the context of extractive industries and militarization of indigenous communities are among the key issues faced by indigenous peoples in Asia….. Human Rights Council 24th Session: Statement of the Asia Indigenous ...

Update on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues in Asia (Sep 9 – 14, 2013)

Bangladesh: Land dispute in CHT may not be resolved Thursday, September 12, 2013. The electoral commitment of the government for resolving the land dispute—the thorn in the relations between ethnic minorities and settlers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts—may go unfulfilled, as it is yet to pass the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2013. … Cambodia: Ethnic Minorities File Illegal Logging Complaint A group of 12 ethnic minority villagers in Ratanakkiri province have filed a complaint with the provincial court over what they claim is collusion between other villagers and local authorities to illegally log luxury timber from 193 ...

Video: Forest Conservation – A Message from Indigenous Women

Climate change is a reality. There is no doubt that we need to conserve our forests to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Meet the women and men of the Kouy Indigenous peoples of Cambodia in this video to discover more about what the forest means to them and how indigenous women have taken the lead to protect the forest. Click here to watch the video