Human Rights Programme

The Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme (HRCPA) aims to increase capacities of indigenous organizations and indigenous human rights defenders in documentation and advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to promote, protect and defend their individual and collective rights.

AIPP Submission to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for its study on “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement”

This submission is made to the EMRIP based on AIPP’s existing research on indigenous peoples’ situation in Asia as well as specific inputs on the theme of the EMRIP study by AIPP Executive Council and member organizations. Asia has the largest number of indigenous peoples around the world – about 411 million live in the region as per a recent research of AIPP[1]. Their share in the national population varies from 0.9 percent in Cambodia to over 37 percent in Nepal. They live in highly diverse ecosystems from high mountains of Nepal to the coasts of Indonesian archipelago and in ...

Submission of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and its member organizations for the report of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Recognition, reparations and reconciliation

AIPP, together with its member and partner organizations, makes the following submission for the Expert Mechanism’s report on Recognition, Reparations and Reconciliation. This submission is based on the information provided to AIPP, particularly from Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP’s Executive Council member from Bangladesh (see Annex 1), Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar and the Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Policies (ATIPP) and LIMA Taiwan Indigenous Youth Working Group (LIMA Youth) (see Annex 2) and as well as online review of relevant existing literature. A full account of recognition, reparation and reconciliation initiatives related to indigenous peoples in Asian countries where AIPP ...

Open Letter of Appeal by AIPP-IWGIA to the Prime Minister of India, on the Supreme Court Order of 13th February, 2019 on FRA

To, The Office of the Prime MinisterGovernment of IndiaSouth Block, Raisina HillNew Delhi-110011 Dear Honourable Prime Minister, The Supreme Court order of 13th February 2019 in the case challenging the constitutional validity of Forest Rights Act (FRA) directed the State governments to ensure the eviction of all forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers from forest land whose claims under the Act have been rejected on or before 24 July 2019. 1 to 2 million claimants face the threat of eviction. The final countrywide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to ...

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. ...

Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

WE DEMAND LAND RIGHTS NOW! On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign. “This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the ...

Achievements and Challenges in Strengthening the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network in Asia

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact [AIPP] wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who were involved in the evaluation of Project EIDHR/2011/266456 which was funded by the European Union’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights [EIDHR]. AIPP deeply appreciates the dedicated cooperation and facilitation made by LAHURNIP in Nepal and the ICSO and CIYA in Cambodia, which made possible all the interactions of the evaluation team with the IPHRDs, their communities and the AIPP members. This evaluation would not have been successfully accomplished without them. To Vanda Altarelli, AIPP wishes to thank her for the concise and frank assessment ...

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples Ramp Up their Engagement with UN Mechanisms and Procedures

Siem Reap, Cambodia. Indigenous peoples in Asia formulated their advocacy action plan for more organized and sustained engagements with UN mechanisms and on the ASEAN platform. Common statements and reports were agreed upon and tasks were assigned to those attending the 2015 sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [EMRIP], and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. These were the results, among others, of the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and hosted ...

IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights

Chiang Mai, Thailand – “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.