Human Rights Campaign Policy and Advocacy Programme

The Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme (HRCPA) aims to increase capacities of indigenous organizations and indigenous human rights defenders in documentation and advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to promote, protect and defend their individual and collective rights.

Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights


WE DEMAND LAND RIGHTS NOW! On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign. “This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the ...

Achievements and Challenges in Strengthening the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network in Asia


The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a regional umbrella organisation comprising 47 members in 14 Asian countries, initiated a project “Strengthening the Network of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia” financed by the European Union (EIDHR/2011/266456) as a response to the massive violations of the individual and collective rights of peoples who self-identify as indigenous peoples. The overall objective of the project was that indigenous human rights defenders document, monitor and protect the human rights of indigenous peoples in eight [8] countries in Asia. This was to be ...

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples Ramp Up their Engagement with UN Mechanisms and Procedures

Siem Reap, Cambodia. Indigenous peoples in Asia formulated their advocacy action plan for more organized and sustained engagements with UN mechanisms and on the ASEAN platform. Common statements and reports were agreed upon and tasks were assigned to those attending the 2015 sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [EMRIP], and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. These were the results, among others, of the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and hosted ...

IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights


Chiang Mai, Thailand – “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.

AIPP Book on Cordillera Heroes Launched

“Fifty years of the Cordillera people’s struggle come alive in the pages of this book. The sacrifices and great examples of our Cordillera heroes are our inspiration, as we  pursue the continuing people’s movement for land, life, self determination, and the common good.”  This blurb captured what the book Cordillera Heroes stands for. Published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the book contains life stories of 23 men and women in the Cordillera region, Philippines who gave up their lives in the pursuit of social justice.

Press Release: World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

In an unprecedented move, the World Bank will be proposing that governments could ‘opt-out’ of requirements designed to protect indigenous peoples from unintended and negative consequences from development activities funded by the multilateral lender. In a leaked draft of new environmental and social standards to be considered for public consultation by a committee of the World Bank Executive Board on 30th of July, language has been included that would allow governments to disregard their existing obligations to indigenous peoples. When the Bank announced it would be revising these standards (previously contained in an ad hoc set of eight separate policies) ...

Asia’s Indigenous Peoples strengthen engagements with the United Nations and solidarity with the Ayta people of central Philippines


Tarlac, Philippines—Forty-sevenindigenous peoples representatives and experts from 12 different countries in Asia converged in the Philippines for the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples from March 12-14, 2014, inTarlac City, TarlacProvince in Central Luzon, Philippines. According to Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga KatutubongMamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and host of the international activity, “The continuing violations of our collective rights through development aggression, land grabbing, militarization, among others, are common issues to indigenous peoples across Asia. Indigenous peoples delegates would carry these issues to the UN and urge states to undertake ...

Cambodia Indigenous Women’s Human Rights Trianing on Documentation and Advocacy


The first-ever Cambodia Indigenous Women’s National Human Rights Training on Documentation and Advocacy was held in Phnom Penh on December 3-6, 2013 participated in by 29 indigenous women and three indigenous men leaders together with advocates from national and regional indigenous peoples organizations, and national NGOs. The participants were sent by Bunong, Suy, Kui, Tampoun, Stieng, Jarai, Chorng, Prov and Por peoples from Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Koh Kong, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Preah Vihear, Pursat, Ratanakiri, Steung Treng provinces. The participants are members of the indigenous peoples organizations namely, the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), Highlanders Association, Indigenous Rights Active Members, ...

Indigenous Peoples in Asia Gear up for the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

With the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) coming up in September 2014, indigenous peoples and their organizations in Asia are now engaging their respective governments to push the WCIP to come up with an action-oriented outcome document. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be a high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly to be held in September 2014 in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).