Lands Territories and Resources

Protect the Indigenous Karen to return home safely!

The Thai government must immediately step up to uphold the human rights ofthe Karen Indigenous People in Bang Kloi The Karen Indigenous Peoples of Bang Kloi used to live inside the Kaeng Krachan National Park in their original village (Bangloi Bon- Jai Paen Din) – a place they had lived in sustainably for hundreds of …

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UN Experts Call for Halt to Contentious Tourism Resort in Bangladesh

GENEVA (9 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* said today Bangladesh should suspend the construction of a large-scale tourist resort in the Chittagong Hills Tracts because it threatens to dispossess the indigenous Mro peoples of their traditional lands and cause serious environmental damage. The Bangladesh Army and Sikder Group conglomerate company R&R Holdings Limited …

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Thailand’s green goals threaten Indigenous forest dwellers

Globally, indigenous and local communities own more than half of all land under customary rights, but only have secure legal rights to about 10%, according to AIPP’s partner Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group. About 2 billion indigenous and rural people live in conservation areas worldwide. As governments prioritized conservation to …

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UNDER THE COVER OF COVID : New Laws in Asia Favor Business at the Cost of Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Land and Territorial Rights

The planet is facing an unprecedented global health crisis as a result of COVID-19. As of September 29, over 1 million people have died from the virus. A protracted pandemic is increasingly likely as the initial health crisis begins to transform into compounded food security and economic crises. Among some of the most vulnerable groups …

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Situation on Lands, Territories and Resources of Indigenous Peoples in Asia Bangladesh, China, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Timor Leste and Vietnam

In this study, ten countries are covered and their experiences are additional insights and lessons to understand better the context and condition of indigenous peoples and bring about a better perspective that will address their issues and concerns. Click here to download. Like this article? Share on facebook Share on Facebook Share on twitter Share …

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Status of Indigenous Peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia

Indigenous Peoples, because of their subordination and distinctiveness from mainstream cultures and polities, have been and still are subjected to gross human rights violations, systematic racism, discrimination, and dispossession. The experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Asia are very similar to the social and political processes observed by indigenous peoples in other parts of the world. …

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INDIA: Millions of Indigenous Peoples on the verge of losing their homelands again

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) prepared a booklet about India’s Supreme Court’s order of 13 February 2019 challenging the constitutional validity of Forest Rights Act (FRA) directed the State governments to ensure the eviction of all forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers from forest lands whose claims under the Act have been …

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Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives for Land Rights Recognition in Asia

This document is our latest publication on land rights, which was printed out and distributed during the 7th AIPP General Assembly in Chiang Mai, 27 – 29 September 2016. The publication provides examples of a range of initiatives and strategies of indigenous peoples in Asia in asserting their land rights that could serve as lessons …

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Indonesia: Case study on “Mobilization, mapping and legal action help indigenous community oppose mining activities”

In 2003, fifteen indigenous Pagu communities of North Maluku, Indonesia, started opposing the expanding gold mining activities in their territories, as these activities were causing the contamination of water sources and the ecosystem. With the support of AMAN and AIPP, the communities mapped their territories, mobilised wide support to save the ecosystem of Kao Bay, …

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Our Lifeways, Our Survival: Indigenous Peoples Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

For indigenous peoples, lands, territories and resources are fundamental to their existence not only because those are the basis for their livelihoods but also are related to their culture, identity, traditional knowledge, customary laws and spiritual belief. This relationship has existed since time immemorial. Because of the interdependent relationship between indigenous peoples and their surround …

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