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Press Release: Indigenous peoples raise concern over India’s position on world bank safeguards

The adivasi and tribal peoples in India, together with indigenous organizations and support groups are alarmed by the position of the government of India regarding the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework particularly ESS7 on indigenous peoples. In a letter of concern initiated by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and endorsed by 56 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 26 civil society organizations stated that the Government of India’s position is extremely problematic.  While a certain number of India’s domestic laws require consent from adivasi and tribal peoples on the use of their lands and resources, other ...

AIPP Press Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015

Upscale the Recognition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Key to Forest-Based Solutions to Climate Change For Immediate Release 21 March 2015 Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and they coincide with areas that hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. This is the result of indigenous peoples’ historical stewardship and practice of low carbon and sustainable ...

2014 Human Rights Day: Reminding Governments of Their Commitments To The World’s Indigenous Peoples

“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. ” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The full enjoyment of all human rights is at heart of indigenous peoples struggles. As we commemorate the 2014 Human Rights Day, we would like to remind governments of the commitments they made to indigenous peoples in the Outcome Document of the recently concluded World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. In this document, governments have reaffirmed their support for the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP] ...

Press Release: International Conference Organizers Turn Blind Eye to Sarawak Energy’s Complicity in Environmental Destruction and Rights Violations

Kuala Lumpur – As the International New York Times’ Energy for Tomorrow Conference gets underway at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, human rights and environmental groups will be outside raising concerns about the ethics of the meeting’s main corporate sponsor, Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB). The two day meeting is bringing together business interests, government officials and representatives of multilateral institutions, including the Asian Development Bank, to discuss clean energy options for the Asian region. However, the gold sponsor of the event, Malaysian power supplier and dam developer, SEB, has no track record of pursuing sustainable energy projects. To the contrary, ...

AIPP Expresses Concern on the attempt of Datu Seri Musa Aman to discredit Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS)

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is deeply concerned by the statement of Datuk Seri Musa Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah, against the Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS). In a published article on the Daily Express Malaysia last November 13, 2014, Chief Minister Musa Aman alleged that NGOs such as PACOS are misleading and confusing natives to blame the government of not giving them lands.  AIPP is a regional movement of indigenous peoples’ organizations and movements working for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in the region.

Statement on the UN System Action for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples delivered by Ms. Joan Carling in her capacity as an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Statement by Ms. Joan Carling, Expert member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues I wish to draw attention to the “development of a system-wide action plan with existing resources, to ensure a coherent approach to achieving the ends of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. This also includes the development of action plans and strategies at the national level. I believe this is a major step forward to strengthen the commitment of the UN-system to operationalize the rights of indigenous peoples. In this regard, let me highlight what I consider as key steps and good practices that ...

Statement of the Asia IP Caucus and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP): Indigenous Priorities for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

September 22-23, 2014 At the outset, we wish to express our deep dis-appointment over the very weak reference to indigenous peoples in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals despite the recognition of indigenous peoples as a major group in this process and the sustained and active engagement of indigenous peoples representatives.   Emphasizing the condition of indigenous peoples as over represented amongst the poorest in the world — 15 % of the poor but only 5 % of the world’s total population, the post 2015 Development Agenda must ensure that indigenous peoples are ...

Statement of the Asia IP Caucus and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the national and local level

September 22-23, 2014 On the theme of “ Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the national and local levels, the Asia Caucus and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) welcome the WCIP Outcome Document, particularly the paragraphs 3,7, 8, 20 and 21. We urge states to immediately conduct a national review of laws, policies and guidelines in order to incorporate legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples as committed in paragraph 3, ensuring the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and their free prior and informed consent in the formulation, adoption and implementation of laws, policies and ...

Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus: Round Table Discussion on Lands, Territories Resources in High Level Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly

September 23, 2014 Co-Chairpersons, Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen, The rights of Indigenous Peoples to lands, territories and resources thereon, are an integral part of our livelihoods, material, spiritual and social well-being, identity, culture, development and worldviews. In the broader sense, land includes the seas, tundra, deserts, prairies and wetlands, as elaborated in relevant international instruments. On account of its territorial aspect and life-supporting elements, many of us regard land as Mother Earth, to which we belong, inter-generationally. It is the land that owns us, and not the other way around, despite what concocted legal fictions tell us. 

Asia- Pacific Statement: Meeting of Civil Society Organizations with the UN President of the General Assembly

Presented by Joan Carling, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) The Asia region holds 60% of the world’s population, including 2/3 of the world’s indigenous peoples, who are   among the poorest of the world.   Asia- Pacific is also expected to fuel economic growth and remains the most vulnerable to climate disasters.Development Justice is the model promoted by more than 100 civil society networks and groups in the Asia Pacific region to deliver sustainable, just and equitable development.