AIPP’s Latest Publications

Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Customary Land Rights in Asia

In Asia, various legal instruments have been used to recognize indigenous peoples within the legal framework of State. States have recognized indigenous peoples through constitutional provision, special laws, and court decisions and/or through ratification or adoption of international instruments. However, legal recognition by states does not always guarantee the full range and enjoyment by indigenous peoples of their individual and collective rights as provided in international instruments such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples in Asia have developed their particular customary land use and tenure systems through time, which have existed since time immemorial ...

The Indigenous Women’s Roles and Contributions in the Sustainable Management of Healthy Forests

Indigenous Women, Traditional Livelihoods and Food Security Indigenous Peoples’ territories are home to 80% of the World’s biodiversity and cover up to 22% of the world’s land surface More than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia depend on forests and other natural resources for their livelihoods, cultural practices and overall wellbeing. Indigenous women are the repository of indigenous knowledge on seeds, crop varieties, medicinal plants, culturally important trees, wild crops and harvesting seasons. Indigenous women are the key actors in shifting cultivation/rotational agriculture and contribute to the food security and wellbeing of millions of people. Indigenous women deeply value, and sustainably ...

Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Field Handbook on Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

This Handbook provides comprehensive step-by-step instructions on how to document human rights violations, particularly indigenous peoples’ collective rights, and use the data gathered for advocacy. The concern for documentation or conducting fact-finding activities related to human rights violations has intensified due to the increasing cases of human rights violations and aggression committed against indigenous peoples, individually and/or as a community. These violations range from the violations of individual rights and collective rights, such as harassment/ intimidation to extrajudicial killings, from vilification of individuals to forced relocation of communities. Seeking redress to these violations to entails the presentation of complete, credible, ...

Shifting cultivation, livelihood and food security: New and old challenges for indigenous peoples in Asia

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007. Since then, the importance of the role that indigenous peoples play in economic, social and environmental conservation through traditional sustainable agricultural practices has been gradually recognized. Consistent with the mandate to eradicate hunger, poverty and malnutrition – and based on the due respect for universal human rights – in August 2010 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations adopted a policy on indigenous and tribal peoples in order to ensure the relevance of its efforts to respect, ...

Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples: Why Should it be at the heart of discussion on Early Warning Systems and Agriculture?

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) would like to provide the following recommendations to the 42nd session of the SBSTA: Recognize, protect, document and promote the rich traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples relating to disasters and weather forecasting Build the capacity of indigenous peoples to understand and use appropriate modern technology and tools relating to early warning systems Guarantee the access of indigenous peoples to appropriate disaster risk reductions tools and techniques Integrate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples with appropriate modern techniques, tools and innovations by taking into account the specific circumstances and conditions of indigenous peoples while developing early ...

AIPP 2014 Annual Report: Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity and Movement

The year 2014 was a very productive year for AIPP in the sustained and expanded implementation of its programmes. The secretariat, in partnership with members and other organisations have implemented 8 multi-year projects in 11 countries in addition to other activities. Across all the programmes, awareness-raising and capacity building has intensified in at least 10 countries in Asia. The use of ICT and social media has proven to be an effective channel of information sharing (facebook, twitter), raising the visibility of the issues, struggles and aspirations of indigenous peoples in Asia. AIPPs work on capacity building also multiplied to cover ...

Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Resource Management in Asia: Case Studies from India, Nepal and Vietnam

Across the different case studies, common and general recommendations in relation to the roles and contributions of indigenous women in sustainable forest management can be drawn. Moreover, the research has identified case-specific recommendations for each country. –It is vital to raise awareness that indigenous peoples’ lives depend on their right to land and access to forests, and that their livelihood practices are environmentally sound and sustainable. In particular, the traditional knowledge and the essential roles of indigenous women in sustainable resource management processes, the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity as well as in the transmission of knowledge and culture need ...

Supporting Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders at Risk: The IPHRD FUND

This publication aims to share lessons from the experiences of supporting IPHRDs at risk and their communities in order to improve and enhance services to human rights defenders, educate support groups and the public on the situation of IPHRDs at risk, and generate further support for them. The IPHRD Network and AIPP have a continuing programme on supporting IPHRDs at risk and solicit the support of everyone. This impact study is a component of the project-end evaluation of the EIDHR/2011/266456 Project on “Strengthening the Network of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of ...

Briefing Paper: Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Customary Land Rights in Asia

In Asia, various legal instruments have been used to recognize indigenous peoples within the legal framework of State. States have recognized indigenous peoples through constitutional provision, special laws, and court decisions and/or through ratification or adoption of international instruments. However, legal recognition by states does not always guarantee the full range and enjoyment by indigenous peoples of their individual and collective rights as provided in international instruments such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples in Asia have developed their particular customary land use and tenure systems through time, which have existed since time immemorial ...

Indigenous Peoples and National Human Rights Institutions in Asia: Good Practices and Challenges

This publication is a compilation of seven country studies conducted in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand, a component of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact’s project on “Strengthening the Network of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia” with financial support from the European Union’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. AIPP would like to thank the authors of the country studies – Suzanah Masalin (Malaysia), Patricia Wattimena (Indonesia), Krishna Bhattachan (Nepal), Ekachai Pinkaew (Thailand), Mary Ann Bayang (Philippines), Ningreichon Tungshang (India), Muktasree Chakma (Bangladesh) for ...