What We Do

Heli Chakma: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Bangladesh

I am from Rangamati of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. I do not actively work on Human Rights per se but I try to support those who actively work as much as possible. Since my birth the problem I feel is the land issue, which is a major problem for indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. On paper, I know it for sure that the land is mine, but someone else is cultivating on that land before my eyes. I have no alternative but to see it. I have no right to touch or use that land. That has completely been given to ...

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 ...

Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Philippines

Name: Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay Ethnicity: Manobo, Lumad peoples, Mindanao, Philippines At age 92, Bibiyaon Likayan Bigkay is one of the highly revered Lumad leaders of Mindanao. She has gained reputation as a woman warrior who bravely joined the pangayaw (tribal war) against intruders in the ancestral lands of the Manobo in the Pantaron Range. She “broke” all traditions by going beyond the traditional roles assigned to women when she became tribal chieftain and warrior, and defied even the limits of age when she performed these roles. But she also broke the norm by opting out of the usual path taken ...

Panai Kusui: Message from an Indigenous woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

In this video, Panai Kusui of Pinuyumayan Indigenous Peoples from Taiwan  calls for Taiwanese government to restore and recognize indigenous peoples’ original rights as well as equal treatment to all people living in Taiwan regardless of their ethnicity. She also explains about the need to empower women to enable them to exercise their inherent rights as well as to foster stronger collaboration among women to promote and protect their rights.

Erlina Darakay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

Our customary forest, Djamona Raa forest, has been destroyed again under the name of HPH (Forest Concession Rights). We urge the police to give us justice and arrest the illegal loggers. Because we, Rebi indigenous community, never give our consent for the outsiders to enter our Djamona Raa customary forest. Because from the time of our ancestors until today we have been maintaining and preserving our Djamona Raa forest. So our children and their future generations can inherit (Djamona Raa forest) and see the Vanan or birds of paradise, Jonga or deer, Alke or parrot king birds, Pelanduk (mouse deer) ...

Khadga Magar: Message from an Indigenous Person with Disability from Nepal

My name is Khadga Bahadur Magar. I am from Ramechhap district and I am the President of Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA). The major issues of persons with disabilities includes their meaningful participation and decisive roles in the decision-making processes in relevant areas. The participation and representation of persons with disability in decision making processes is necessary to ensure their rights. Nepal is multi-lingual, multi-religion, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country and has diverse geographical locations. There is diversity within persons with disability in this diverse country. This diversity means indigenous persons with disabilities. Their meaningful participation should be ensured in relevant state ...

AIPP concludes its Third Regional Adaptation Learning Highway in Nepal

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) organized the knowledge exchange trip ‘Regional Adaptation Learning Highway’ with cooperation from its local partners; NGO-Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NGO-FONIN) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) in Nepal from 13-15 October 2017. The twenty-four representatives of indigenous peoples from Thailand, Philippines and Nepal participated in the knowledge exchange. The exchange also had two non-indigenous government officials of Nepal and Thailand working closely with the indigenous networks on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Indigenous peoples participating in this exchange have been consistently raising the issues of climate change and its effect on the lives, livelihoods ...