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JOAS Statement on the Right to Participate in Decision Making

Statement of Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalysia (JOAS) [Indigenous Peoples’ Network of Malaysia] To agenda item 3 Study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making.   Kopivosian Thank you, Mr Chairman.   First of all, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of Indigenous Peoples’ Network of Malaysia for your election as Chairperson of this session. We would like to also congratulate you and your fellow experts for compiling the draft report. We are very happy that our submission to the EMRIP has been incorporated in the document.

CPA Statement on the Right to Participate in Decision Making

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Statement ON THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN DECISION-MAKING   In 16 October 1996 the Philippine government singed into law (RA 8371) the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA). The law supposedly meant to give justice to the decades of marginalization, misrepresentation, discrimination and dispossession of Philippine indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands. It was modelled from the provisions of the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and enables the 1987 Constitutional provisions that the State should enact “to recognize and promote the rights of indigenous peoples/indigenous cultural communities (IPs/ICCs) xxx[1]” and “to protect the ...

AIPP Statement on the Right to Participate in Decision Making

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL EXPERT MECHANISM ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, THIRD SESSION 12-16 July, 2010 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Statement on Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Participate in Decision Making Presented by Joan Carling, Secretary General   Mr. Chairperson, we warmly congratulate you for your chairmanship of this important session. The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) welcomes the progress report on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the critical issues relating to the right of indigenous peoples in decision-making. We wish to ...

Letter of Request by the Monbetsu Ainu

(English version) To The Honorable Harumi Takahashi The Governor of Hokkaido __ June, 2010 Urgent Request to the Hokkaido Governor   “Do not pollute our sacred mother river, Mobetsu River, any more” – Indigenous Monbetsu Ainu people who live in Monbetsu City, Hokkaido, Japan, have been claiming their land rights against the Hokkaido Prefectural Government and expressing their opposition to the development plan of the industrial waste dumping and treatment site on their sacred area. The site will be located upstream on the Monbetsu River, and the Hokkaido Government will make a final decision on the construction based on the ...

Joint Statement of Forest People’s Movements

Halt the Offensive Against People and End Militarisation of the Forests Joint Statement of Forest People's Movements Today, the police have killed one person in Kalinganagar and critically injured at least thirty more; at the proposed POSCO plant site in Jagatsinghpur, Orissa, 25 platoons of police have been deployed to crush the people defending their land. They expect an attack tomorrow or the day after. As national platforms of democratic forest movements, with more than 200 organisational members spread across the country, we unequivocally condemn this brutality. But such atrocities are not occurring in isolation. Operation Green Hunt and the ...

AIPP Statement on Forest

UNPFii 9th Session UN Headquarters, New York Agenda Item 7: Indigenous Peoples and Forests STATEMENT BY THE ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT Presented by Joan Carling, Secretary General- AIPP     The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a federation of 28 active indigenous peoples organizations in 13 countries in Asia. Since 1991, AIPP has been active in promoting the rights and welfare of indigenous peoples through capacity building, advocacy, networking and solidarity building from the local to the international levels. This statement is to complement and supplement the statement of the Asia Caucus in this agenda item. In particular, AIPP wish ...

Asia Caucus Statement

9th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 19 – 30 April, 2010   Agenda Item: 4 (b)   Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights & Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples   Statement by: ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS   Presented by: Famark Hlawnching     Mr. Chairman, members of the Forum, ladies & gentlemen,   Since the office of the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples was established, we have had country visits and unofficial visits of the then Special Rapporteur, Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen, to a number of countries in Asia and in other ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement

Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on Development with Culture and Identity Submitted to the 9th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, April 19-29, 2010, New York Thank you for this opportunity to present to the Permanent Forum the major points reached by the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ caucus on the theme development with culture and identity during its preparatory meeting held last March 1-3, 2010 in Baguio City, Philippines. We will be submitting a complete report of this preparatory meeting as well as the results of a series of conferences on indigenous development in Asia.

Open Letter of Concern

To the Prime Minister and other government officials of Cambodia   OPEN Letter of Concern on the alarming situation of indigenous peoples in Cambodia   We, the undersigned indigenous organizations in 15 countries of Asia and advocate organizations, wish to express our utmost concern over the worsening situation of indigenous peoples of Cambodia. In 2007, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) held an Asia-wide indigenous peoples forum in Cambodia with the aim of getting first-hand knowledge of the situation. At that time we were gravely concerned about the level of abuse of indigenous peoples’ rights. In an environment of low transparency ...

Help to stop evictions and oil palm expansion

Please help to stop evictions and oil palm expansion in Chiapas Indigenous communities in the Lacandon Forest in Chiapas are being violently evicted by federal police and army forces, in support of corporate plans for oil palm expansion and other activities, including tourism falsely called eco-tourism.