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Statement of Indigenous Peoples in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum

Indigenous Peoples in the ASEAN, are estimated to be more than 100 million people. They are present in nine (9) countries, belong to over 1000 different groups, and sometimes referred to as ethnic nationalities, ethnic minorities, Orang Asli/Orang Asal, Hilltribes, and MasyarakatAdat and others.They are the embodiment of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the ASEAN which is celebrated in the promotional brochures of ASEAN member-states. However, the indigenous peoples in Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, disproportionately suffer from multiple forms of discrimination and oppression based on their ethnicity, race, location and economic status, rendering ...

Letter to President of the Human Rights Council on Selection process for the Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from Asia-Pacific States

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Subject: Selection process for the Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from Asia-Pacific States Excellency, We refer to your letter dated 3rd March 2014 containing a list of special procedures mandate holders and Members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) to be appointed during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council. We, the representatives of Indigenous Peoples from thirteen Asian countries gathered at the Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures relating to Indigenous Peoples, taking place in Tarlac City, Philippines from 11th to 15th March ...

Statement from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus

In response to the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/198 “to organize a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held in 2014”, the indigenous peoples in the Asia region have been engaging in good faith from the very beginning with the understanding that this process allows for the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. Through our regional preparatory meeting, we came out with “A Call to Action from Indigenous Peoples in Asia to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples”. This outcome documents reflects the concerns ...

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, MARCH 08, 2014

Inspiring Change INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, MARCH 08, 2014   Dear members, partners and friends, On March 08, 2014, we are once again celebrating International Women’s Day. We as indigenous women join in solidarity for this year’s theme: ‘Inspiring Change’. On this day, we call for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change, particularly for our indigenous sisters.

Indigenous Peoples: In Defense of our Collective Rights – Statement on the Commemoration of International Human Rights Day

On  6th December, just four days before the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, Pedro Tinga, a leader of the Mansaka Tribal Council of  Malamodao Barangay, Maco, Compostela Valley Province, in the island of Mindanao,  Philippines was brutally killed by unidentified elements of the 71st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army while he was tending his farm. Five days earlier, Rolen Langala, a Higaonon leader of PANGALASAG  in Opol Municipality, Misamis Oriental Province in the same island, was fatally stabbed a number of times and shot twice on the head allegedly by a local government official.  Just over a ...

Statement: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project

To:YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud22nd Floor, Wisma Bapa MalaysiaPetra Jaya, 93502 KuchingSarawak, Malaysia Mr. Torstein Dale SjotveitChief Executive Officer,Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)No. 1, The Isthmus,93050 Kuching,Sarawak, Malaysia Subject: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project We, indigenous organizations from Malaysia and Asia, are deeply concerned about the Sarawak State Government’s actions against the Indigneous Penans protesting the impounding of water at the Murum Dam in Ulu Belaga, Sarawak.

Appeal for support for the indigenous peoples affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines

November 13, 2013 Dear Friends, As you may all know, the Philippines is now under a state of calamity with the massive and widescale destruction of lives and properties  by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest typhoon recorded in history early this month. The coverage from various media outfits show part of the damage wrought by the typhoon in the Visayas region. What is not yet being publicized is also the situation of many indigenous communities who live in far flung communities and are now isolated because of the massive damage in their areas and the lack of communication facilities. Many ...

Statement of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) to the Plenary Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 19

November 11, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland Thank you chair and distinguished delegates, for this opportunity to speak and present our issues and concerns at this meeting on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC).  As Indigenous Peoples, we are on the forefront of the climate change crisis and immediate action is needed to address our concerns and issues especially in light of unprecedented melting of sea ice, rise of the sea levels, changing weather patterns, degradation of biodiversity and subsistence resources which are the core to survival of indigenous peoples.

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 Nov. 2013

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 Nov. 2013. Read by Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). Nov 10 2013  Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples. We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo ...

Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community land and Resource Rights Conference: Key Message of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples have always been and continue to be at the frontline of land rights assertion and struggles from the local to the global. It has a clear and distinct constituency which is defending and promoting the collective rights to land and to self determination of indigenous peoples, which are now part of  international human rights standards and instruments. Though the sustained advocacy, campaigns and engagements with different stakeholders, indigenous peoples have opened up various international processes and mechanisms relating to the rights of indigenous peoples. Part of this is the conduct of the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples ...