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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 7th session, 7 – 11 July 2014

United Nations, Geneva, SwitzerlandAgenda Item 6: Study on the Promotion and Protection of the rights of IP in Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Prevention and Preparedness Initiatives Indigenous peoples in Asia are the most impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable peoples in the world and are also the most affected by climate change impacts and its uncertainties. Generally, indigenous peoples inhabit marginal and fragile ecosystems. These areas are most threatened from increased climatic uncertainties and calamities, unpredictable occurrences and slow onset climatic events like cyclones, hailstorms, desertification, sea level rise, floods and prolonged droughts. These events are occurring in increased intensity, which ...

7th Session of the UN Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland7-11 July 2014Agenda item 5: Continuation of the study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. Joint statement by prof. MongShanoo Chowdhury, Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizen’s Committee (CHT-CC), Center for Integrated Program & Development (CIPD), La Voix de Jummas (LJV), and Asia Caucus on the Indigenous peoples

Statement on the work of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business and its Forum on Business and Human Rights

26th Session of the Human Rights CouncilJune 2014 All over the world Indigenous peoples are suffering negative impacts on their enjoyment of their human rights due to the activities of transnational corporations and other businesses operating in or near their lands and territories. Such impacts were recognized as ‘disproportionate’ by the former representative of the Secretary- General, Professor John Ruggie.  Due to this situation, indigenous peoples’ organizations and support groups greeted the consensus adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (herein, ‘the Guiding Principles’) as a first step towards ensuring accountability and appropriate remedy where their ...

Statement on the work of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business and its Forum on Business and Human Rights

26th Session of the Human Rights CouncilJune 2014 All over the world Indigenous peoples are suffering negative impacts on their enjoyment of their human rights due to the activities of transnational corporations and other businesses operating in or near their lands and territories. Such impacts were recognized as ‘disproportionate’ by the former representative of the Secretary- General, Professor John Ruggie.  Due to this situation, indigenous peoples’ organizations and support groups greeted the consensus adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (herein, ‘the Guiding Principles’) as a first step towards ensuring accountability and appropriate remedy where their ...

Letter to the World Bank on their Indigenous Peoples safeguard policy (OP 4.10) and safeguard review process

As the World Bank nears the completion of the first phase of its safeguards review we see this as a unique opportunity for the Bank to demonstrate its ability to listen and be more inclusive to the voices, demands of and be more accountable to key stakeholders including indigenous peoples.  In particular, we believe that your positive intervention at this critical stage of the review process in relation to the recognition, protection and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights, in particular to land tenure and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), will signal a new path for the Bank’s commitment to ...

Agenda Item 6: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Delivered by Binota Moy Dhamai, on behalf of the Asia IPs Caucus

13th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues UN Headquarter, 12 – 23 May 2014 Thank you Madam Chair, honourable members of the Permanent Forum, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. First of all, we would like to inform the Permanent Forum that the Asia Caucus does not support or endorse the so-called “Global Caucus” statement, which cannot be claimed to have the support of the Asia IP Caucus. As an established practice, any statement of the global caucus is subject to discussion, support and endorsement of the regional caucuses first before it is finalized by the Global Caucus. ...

Recommendation statement of Asia IPs and CSOs for the revision of World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank safeguard policies on Indigenous Peoples

Twenty-seven (27) participants from 20 indigenous organizations in 8 countries in Asia and two (2) civil society organizations gathered for the  “Regional Training on Safeguard Polices and Grievance Mechanisms of International Financial Institutions” in Sagada, Philippines. We have studied and discussed the safeguard policies and grievance mechanisms of international finance institutions and have reflected on the experiences of our communities and peoples with projects funded by these institutions. We recognise that the policies of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are now, or soon to, undergo review and we wish to provide our perspectives into the ...

Letter of concern on the extrajudicial killings of IPs in the Philippines

Dear Mr. President, Greetings from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network) in Asia. We express our deep concern, alarm and condemnation on the unabated killings of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. We also express our disappointment and frustration with the Philippine government’s slow and almost non-action towards the killings of indigenous peoples human rights defenders. These acts including the denial of justice are clearly in violation of the international and national human rights obligations of the government.  We stand firm in demanding that the government account for the recent spate of political ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits resulting from the implementation of REDD+ Activities

The Nineteenth Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) recognized the importance of incentivizing Non-Carbon Benefits for the long-term sustainability of the implementation of REDD+ activities [1]. This decision has long-term implications for indigenous peoples in Asia especially in relation to the recognition and exercise of their collective rights over their forests.

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 ...