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AIPP Briefing Note: Voices of Indigenous Women From The Asia-Pacific PUBLIC STATEMENTFor immediate release Indigenous Women from the Asia-Pacific make their voices heard in Rio+2018 June 2012 Ignoring indigenous women in sustainable development initiatives not only violates their rights, but also critically impedes the very planning and implementation of those initiatives, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) says in its new briefing note.

BANGLADESH: Kalpana and Jumma women’s movement today [16th anniversary of Kalpana’s disappearance]

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by Hana Shams Ahmed FEMINIST researcher Bina D’Costa and I were recently discussing a range of obstacles faced by the Jumma [the hill people identify themselves as ‘Jummas’ collectively, which refer to their use of shifting cultivation (Jhum cultivation)] women’s movement as well as all indigenous women’s movement today. D’Costa observed that one of the challenges that confront women’s political activism and rights-based movements is to forge meaningful alliances and re-build linkages with indigenous human rights and women’s groups that the latter could also embrace as their own. Although in recent years a lot of mainstream Bengali women’s rights activists ...

INDIA/BANGLADESH: JOINT PRESS RELEASE ON BANGLADESHI ASSESSMENT TEAM’S HYDROPOWER TOURISM OF TIPAIMUKH DAM PROJECT SITE

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Imphal, 7th June 2012 The Action Committee on Tipaimukh (ACTIP), Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD), Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE), and Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action (FIPA) have reliably learnt of the visiting team of 13 Bangladesh nationals led by Bangladesh External Affairs Publicity Wing Deputy Director Mohammad Zashimuddin invited by the Government of India to study and assess the effects of the multi-purpose hydro-electric Tipaimukh project at the tri-junction of Assam, Manipur and Mizoram. While appreciating the visiting team from Bangladesh to study and assess the ground realities, what is clear ...

INDIA Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Briefing Note – Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN

2nd June 2012, Imphal PRESS RELEASE India’s human rights record was reviewed under the second round of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council on 24 May 2012. Government of India was represented by a nineteen member strong inter-ministerial delegation headed by Mr. Goolam E. Vahanvati, Attorney General of India. Eighty governments spoke and a draft report of the review adopted by the Working Group on UPR on 30 May 2012 (document A/HRC/WG.6/13/L.8) list 169 recommendations. The Government of India could not respond immediately and deferred it till the plenary session of the Human Rights Council in ...

[AIPP IN THE NEWS] INDIA (Universal Periodic Review (UPR)): Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights (CSCHR), Manipur submits report to the UN, challenges Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Human rights org reiterates AFSPA’s evil face Imphal, May 22: A human rights report from an organization had reiterated the findings of many other scrutiny and studies that the government of India continues to insist on a military response to the political struggle in the north east by enacting emergency legislations, through which massive deployment of armed forces and military actions are undertaken under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA). This reiteration was stated in a joint stakeholders’ report submitted by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights (CSCHR) in Manipur to the UN Office High Commissioner ...

[AIPP IN THE NEWS] PHILIPPINES: Sagada demands recognition and documentation of customary land laws

WRITTEN BY: EDITORS ON MAY 27, 2012 NO COMMENT By ALMA B. SINUMLAGwww.nordis.net BAGUIO CITY — Due to the threat of the state’s land-related policies on the traditional concept of land ownership in the municipality of Sagada, Mt Province, a forum-workshop was held entitled “Empowering indigenous peoples on traditional customary institutions” on May 8 this year. It was also a way of re-learning from the community’s experiences of asserting their customary laws on land ownership and settling disputes.

[UNPFii 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus intervention on Agenda Item 4: Human Rights

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session United Nations Headquarters, New York May 7-18, 2012 Intervention on AGENDA ITEM 4: Human Rights  By Mr. Windel Bolinget on behalf of the ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS   Thank you, Madam Chair! Despite the General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and several international human rights instruments,  the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Asia remains deplorable.  Our collective rights continue to be systematically and grossly violated, especially with regards our traditional lands, territories, and resources; the right of self determination, and ...

[UNPFii 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus statement on World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) 2014

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 7-18 2012 UN Head Quarters, New York AGENDA ITEM:  7 on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Delivered by Rukka Sombolinggi The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus appreciates the Resolution of the President of the UN General Assembly, designating Ambassador Luis DeAlba of Mexico and John Henriksen to conduct consultations in preparation to the WCIP in 2014. Likewise, we congratulate Ambassador De Alba and John Henriksen for their appointment, and we extend our full support and cooperation in the fulfillment of ...

[UNPFII 2012] Strong trend of violation of indigenous peoples’ rights, including violence against indigenous women in Bangladesh continues, says Kapaeeng representative

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session 7-18 May 2012, UN HQ, New York Agenda Item 3:  Report on the expert group meeting: combating violence against indigenous women and girls, article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Study on the extent of violence against indigenous women and girls in terms of article 22 (2) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Joint Statement by: Anmoy Kiron Chakma Kapaeeng Foundation, Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, United Confederation Of Taino Peoples, Asia Indigenous Women’s Network, Jaringan Orang Asal ...

[UNPFII 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Intervention on Agenda Item 3: “Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the UNDRIP)”

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 7-18,  2012 UN Headquarters, New York Intervention on Agenda Item 3: “Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” Submitted by: Jacqueline Bernadette K. Cariño, Cordillera Peoples Alliance For the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus On behalf of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus, congratulations Mr. Chair, thank you for this opportunity to contribute information on the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery among indigenous peoples ...