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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Addressing Implementation gaps of the Paris Agreement through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Addressing Implementation gaps of the Paris Agreement through the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform” on 7 November 2017. The local communities and indigenous peoples’ platform was established by decision 1/CP.21 for the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner. Furthermore, the decision recognizes the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples relating to addressing and ...

Indigenous peoples in Asia and their rights to participate in public affairs

Regional consultation for the Asia and Pacific region on draft guidelines on the effective implementation of the right to participate in public affairs Bangkok, Thailand 2-3 October 2017 Indigenous peoples in Asia and their rights to participate in public affairs Presented by: Patricia Miranda Wattimena Advocacy Coordinator, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Background Indigenous peoples constitute about 5% of the world’s population with an estimated number of 370 million. However, they account for 15% of the poorest rural people. Asia region is home for around 70% of the indigenous peoples worldwide. Indigenous peoples are known by different names – such as ...

Nepal: Police must refrain from using unnecessary force against peaceful demonstrations of Kathmandu’s road expansion affected communities

Nepal: Police must refrain from using unnecessary force against peaceful demonstrations of Kathmandu’s road expansion affected communities For immediate release 7 September 2017 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) calls on Nepal Police to refrain from using unnecessary force against peaceful demonstrations of communities affected by road expansion in Kathmandu. Dozens of demonstrators, including at least two women, were injured on Tuesday after police baton-charged and booted them during a rally of the affected communities. AIPP condemns the high-handedness of the police at the rally and urges the Nepalese authorities to uphold the right to peaceful assembly and rule of law in ...

A historic win for human rights – AIPP congratulates its first Secretary General, Luingam Luithui, upon his victory for the restoration of his fundamental right to citizenship after 22-year of ordeal

A historic win for human rights AIPP congratulates its first Secretary General, Luingam Luithui, upon his victory for the restoration of his fundamental right to citizenship after 22-year of ordeal  29 August 2017 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) marks the Delhi High Court order to affirm the fundamental citizenship right of Luingam Luithui, a prominent Naga human rights advocate, as a historic victory for human rights in India. Along with Luithui, the Court on 24 August has finally ordered the restoration of Indian citizenship of his wife, Peingamla. The Court has ruled that it is due to the unconstitutional acts ...

Thailand: Thai Military Must Drop Unlawful Charges Against Academics

We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against academics and participants who attended a recent conference in Chiang Mai, and to uphold academic freedom in line with Thailand’s human rights obligations. This week, Professor (in Thai, Ajarn) Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and five other academics have been asked to report to police for actions related to the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies, held from 15 to 18 July, 2017 in Chiang Mai. Prof. Chayan and the others are being charged with violating the Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. ...

Celebrating 10 Years of Implementation of the UNDRIP and 25 Years of AIPP on The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 2017 “Reaffirming our roots, Embracing our future”

9th August 2017 This year, the 13th of September 2017 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by the UN General Assembly. Further, the year 2017 is also an auspiciously year for Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) as it is its 25th Anniversary. Over the past 25 years, alongside many other indigenous communities in Asia, AIPP has come together to discuss, propagate, and assert our own agenda towards: our inherent right to self-determination and self-governance; our human rights and customary laws; the control of our lands, territories ...

AIPP, IWGIA and NEFIN co-organized a side event focusing on “Indigenous peoples rights: Implementation gaps and the IPs platform as a first step”

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Work Group for indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) co-organized a side event entitled “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Implementation Gaps and the Indigenous Peoples’ Platform as a First Step” on 10 May in the ongoing climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Ms. Kathrin Wessendorf of International Work Group of Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) co-moderated the side event. Mr. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri, Chairperson of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) shared that “Indigenous peoples have wealth of indigenous knowledge relating to weather forecasting; land ...

Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change

ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT STATEMENT  ON EARTH DAY – 22 APRIL 2017 Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change Chiang Mai, Thailand-We, indigenous peoples, are the custodians of the world’s remaining forests as well as oceans and seas. Our lands comprise 80% of the planet’s biodiversity[i]. Our historical stewardship of natural resources, practice of low carbon life style and above all, relentless actions to defend our homes have been contributing to the conservation, enhancement and sustainability of world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Despite this, many states in Asia do not recognize our identities as indigenous peoples and have been ...