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AIPP and Asia Caucus Statement on indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations System

10th Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 10 – 14 July 2017 Agenda Item 7: Indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations system Statement of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Asia Caucus Ms. Chairperson, In follow up to the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, we welcome the constructive and open informal dialogue between States and indigenous peoples on the possible measures necessary to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant UN bodies on issues affecting them during the 70th and 71st session of the General Assembly. We also highly appreciate the ...

Indigenous representatives from Asia stress on guaranteeing land rights for achieving Sustainable Development Goals at the High-Level Political Forum 2017

Public Statement New York, 10 July 2017 – Fifteen indigenous peoples’ representatives from various Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Malaysia are participating in the HLPF this year taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 10 to 19 July 2017 under the theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. They are among the 2000-plus participants from various sectors, including governments, private sector and civil society. “We recognize the potentials of the SDGs in addressing the issues of sustainability and inclusion of those who are at the furthest end of the social spectrum and also ...

Bangladesh: Undertake a judicial investigation into Romel Chakma’s death and deliver justice immediately

Undertake a judicial investigation into Romel Chakma’s death and deliver justice immediately 10 May 2017 Forty indigenous peoples and human rights organizations, in a letter sent to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed today, called for immediate judicial investigation into the death of Romel Chakma, who died after allegedly being tortured by Bangladesh Army officers. Further, the organizations have urged for effective justice for the death, including compensation for Romel’s family and stringent penalty for those responsible. 19-year old Romel Chakma, from Naniarchar Upazila in Rangamati was a young rights activist working for the recognition of the ethnic identity and rights ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Intervention to the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

  Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Intervention to the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues   24 April 2017 Agenda Item 8: Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Measures taken to implement the Declaration. Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Thank you, Ms. Chairperson. I am Mai Thin Yu Mon of Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO). On behalf of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus, I stand to address on agenda item 8: Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous ...

Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change

ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT STATEMENT  ON EARTH DAY – 22 APRIL 2017 Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change Chiang Mai, Thailand-We, indigenous peoples, are the custodians of the world’s remaining forests as well as oceans and seas. Our lands comprise 80% of the planet’s biodiversity[i]. Our historical stewardship of natural resources, practice of low carbon life style and above all, relentless actions to defend our homes have been contributing to the conservation, enhancement and sustainability of world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Despite this, many states in Asia do not recognize our identities as indigenous peoples and have been ...

Press Release: Thailand: Investigate Army Killing of Indigenous Lahu Youth Activist

Thailand: Investigate Army Killing of Indigenous Lahu Youth Activist  21 March 2017 [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]  (Chiang Mai) – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) calls on the Thai authorities to effectively investigate into the killing of indigenous Lahu youth activist, Chaiyaphum Pasae, without any delay. Chaiyaphum, 17, was shot dead by an army soldier as alleged drug suspect on 17 March in northwest Chiang Mai Province. According to official information, soldiers of Pha Muang Task Force deployed at a checkpoint in Chiang Dao district found 2,800 methamphetamine tablets in the car in which Chaiyaphum was travelling. As they were about to ...

Statement: International Women’s Day

Be Bold for Change International Women’s Day March 08, 2017 On March 08, 2017, we are once again celebrating International Women’s Day. We, as indigenous women, join in solidarity for this year’s theme: ‘Be Bold for Change’. On this day, we call for all indigenous women, our allies and advocates to join the worldwide mobilizations, as the global community faces threats from climate change to geo-political power surges. Now is indeed the time to rise and be bold for change that will lead to the empowerment of women in general, and indigenous women in particular. Indigenous women in Asia are ready to join the global ...

Claiming Our Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Standing for the Rights of All Marginalised Sectors

Chiang Mai, Thailand 10 December 2016  Claiming Our Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Standing for the Rights of All Marginalised Sectors Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact for International Human Rights Day 2016 Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) staunchly claims indigenous peoples’ rights and firmly stands for the rights of all marginalised sectors across the globe this International Human Rights Day 2016. This year, the world has seen grave violations, neglect and outright disregard for basic human rights. AIPP denounces any actions that curtail any human rights, which perpetrate fear, want and desperation in the hearts of the people. Indigenous peoples ...

Position Statement of Indigenous Peoples on Emission Reduction Program of Nepal

Reiterating the fact that Nepal has ratified the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No.169, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and voted for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reminding the fact that the Cancun Agreement on REDD+ Safeguards (2010) and the Climate Change Paris Agreement recognize Indigenous Peoples’ rights, Demanding that, as we, the Indigenous Peoples have an intrinsic relationship with the Nature, our rights over natural resources, including our lands and territories be recognized and that our rights to self-determination including the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) procedure be ensured, The Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal declares the following points as ...

Joan Carling, a woman land rights defender

Interview with Joan Carling “Whatever happens to the land directly affects indigenous women in a profound manner. It is like taking the fish out of the water, when they experience loss of land.” Joan Carling is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines and former Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). In this interview, she discusses the crucial role of indigenous women in the struggle for land rights and the impacts of land rights violations on women. As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, we are highlighting the work of women land rights defenders and ...