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.

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).

Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defender Network re-launched: Advancing our collective rights, defending our communities

In a bid to strengthen the work of indigenous human rights defenders in Asia, Indigenous Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) Network was re-launched by developing a new campaign strategy plan and adopting “the Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders (IPHRD) Network in Asia” after a four-day regional training of trainers on human rights documentation organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) from 16-19 October 2013 at Chiang Mai, Thailand. Twenty-four indigenous human rights defenders representing 17 indigenous organizations from nine countries in Asia participated in the training. Participants, after thorough deliberation, affirmed that indigenous peoples in Asia continue to face ...

Response of WB president to IP: Letter

Last July 2012, upon the assumption of office of the new World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a letter from indigenous peoples was sent to the Bank urging Dr. Kim for a continued fruitful and sincere engagement between indigenous peoples and the Bank. This letter was endorsed by 98 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 43 nongovernment organizations.  Among the identified opportunities for engagement contained in the letter are as follows: 1. Establishment of an independent World Bank Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council (similar to the World Bank External Advisory Group on Forests). It should be established by respecting the ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 7: Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its consideration and approval Delivered by: Gina Shangkam in behalf of the Asia Caucus In most of the countries in Asia, indigenous peoples live in remote locations, which make it very difficult to access mainstream justice. Many countries do not have National Human Rights Institutions or ombudsman. Indigenous customary law and judiciary systems are often not recognized by the state. Indigenous peoples’ access to justice and their ...

[EMRIP 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statement on United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 6: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Delivered by: Richard Gadit in behalf of the Asia Caucus Five years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), several developments relating to indigenous peoples in Asia have taken place. These development include the increased awareness of the UNDRIP, the engagement with UN agencies at different levels, the increased visibility of indigenous peoples in different global processes among others. At the ...

[EMRIP 2012] ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS STATEMENT ABOUT FOLLOW UP ON THEMATIC STUDIES AND ADVICE

ASIA CAUCUS STATEMENT EXPERT MECHANISMON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FIFTH SESSION, 9-13 JULY 2012 UNITED NATIONS OFFICE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND AGENDA ITEM 4: FOLLOW UP ON THEMATIC STUDIES AND ADVICE Delivered by: Patricia Wattimena in behalf of the Asia Caucus The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus welcomes the completion of the Expert Mechanism of its study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making. We appreciate the inclusion of good practices of indigenous peoples in Asia as reflected in the report.  The report highlights the importance of indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including their right to autonomy or self-governance ...