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.

INDIA Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Briefing Note – Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN

2nd June 2012, Imphal PRESS RELEASE India’s human rights record was reviewed under the second round of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council on 24 May 2012. Government of India was represented by a nineteen member strong inter-ministerial delegation headed by Mr. Goolam E. Vahanvati, Attorney General of India. Eighty governments spoke and a draft report of the review adopted by the Working Group on UPR on 30 May 2012 (document A/HRC/WG.6/13/L.8) list 169 recommendations. The Government of India could not respond immediately and deferred it till the plenary session of the Human Rights Council in ...

[AIPP IN THE NEWS] INDIA (Universal Periodic Review (UPR)): Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights (CSCHR), Manipur submits report to the UN, challenges Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Human rights org reiterates AFSPA’s evil face Imphal, May 22: A human rights report from an organization had reiterated the findings of many other scrutiny and studies that the government of India continues to insist on a military response to the political struggle in the north east by enacting emergency legislations, through which massive deployment of armed forces and military actions are undertaken under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA). This reiteration was stated in a joint stakeholders’ report submitted by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights (CSCHR) in Manipur to the UN Office High Commissioner ...

[UNPFii 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus intervention on Agenda Item 4: Human Rights

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session United Nations Headquarters, New York May 7-18, 2012 Intervention on AGENDA ITEM 4: Human Rights  By Mr. Windel Bolinget on behalf of the ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS   Thank you, Madam Chair! Despite the General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and several international human rights instruments,  the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Asia remains deplorable.  Our collective rights continue to be systematically and grossly violated, especially with regards our traditional lands, territories, and resources; the right of self determination, and ...

[UNPFii 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus statement on World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) 2014

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 7-18 2012 UN Head Quarters, New York AGENDA ITEM:  7 on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) Statement by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Delivered by Rukka Sombolinggi The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus appreciates the Resolution of the President of the UN General Assembly, designating Ambassador Luis DeAlba of Mexico and John Henriksen to conduct consultations in preparation to the WCIP in 2014. Likewise, we congratulate Ambassador De Alba and John Henriksen for their appointment, and we extend our full support and cooperation in the fulfillment of ...

[UNPFII 2012] Strong trend of violation of indigenous peoples’ rights, including violence against indigenous women in Bangladesh continues, says Kapaeeng representative

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session 7-18 May 2012, UN HQ, New York Agenda Item 3:  Report on the expert group meeting: combating violence against indigenous women and girls, article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Study on the extent of violence against indigenous women and girls in terms of article 22 (2) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Joint Statement by: Anmoy Kiron Chakma Kapaeeng Foundation, Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, United Confederation Of Taino Peoples, Asia Indigenous Women’s Network, Jaringan Orang Asal ...

[UNPFII 2012] Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Intervention on Agenda Item 3: “Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the UNDRIP)”

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 7-18,  2012 UN Headquarters, New York Intervention on Agenda Item 3: “Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” Submitted by: Jacqueline Bernadette K. Cariño, Cordillera Peoples Alliance For the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus On behalf of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus, congratulations Mr. Chair, thank you for this opportunity to contribute information on the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery among indigenous peoples ...

[UNPFii 2012] “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” – Raja Devashish Roy intervention

11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues7-18 May, 2012UN Headquarters, New York Agenda Item 3:“The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37of the United NationsDeclaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)” Intervention by:Raja Devasish RoyMember, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues8 May, 2012 Chairperson, Grand Chief Edward John, Fellow Members of the Forum, Indigenous, state & non-governmental delegations, ladies & gentlemen

Statement of Indigenous Peoples & Ethnic Minorities (IP&EM) of ASEAN

Workshop on Indigenous Peoples & Ethnic Minorities Friday 30 March 2012 ACSC/APF 2012 Phnom Penh, Cambodia 29-31 March 2012 PROMOTE AND PROTECT RIGHTS TO LAND, TERRITORY, RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND ETHNIC MINORITIES (IP/EM) IN ASEAN Background We, the Indigenous Peoples/Ethnic Minorities in the ASEAN comprise more than 100 million representing distinct identities and diverse cultures. We are referred to in different names such as ethnic minorities, hilltribes, indigenous communities, orang asli, orang asal, ethnic groups, ethnic nationalities, masyarakat adat, among others. However, we share common historical injustices of marginalization, exclusion, discrimination, forced assimilation. At the same time, ...

Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN mechanisms relating to Indigenous Peoples 2012 Report

Since 2005, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has convened an Asia regional preparatory meeting every year to bring together representatives of indigenous peoples in the region, indigenous experts, advocates of indigenous peoples rights, donors, UN agencies, and other stakeholders. This forum also serves to strengthen solidarity and cooperation of indigenous leaders and representatives in Asia.  It is also an opportunity to discuss common and specific issues, lessons learned and formulate action plans and strategies for advocacy. This year, the Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms relating to Indigenous Peoples was held on 13 – 15 February 2012, in Toraja, Indonesia ...

PHILIPPINES: AIPP joins Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center’s (CWEARC) 25th anniversary celebration

GREETINGS OF SOLIDARITY TO CWEARC! The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact joins in the celebration of CWEARC’s 25th anniversary and the International Day for Working Women! CWEARC’s recognition of the power of women to make changes in their lives and communities led to the focus of its work – empowering Cordillera indigenous women. Twenty five years is a long time. Then, most of the organizing was done in the rural areas. Now, Cordillera women are growing in numbers here and abroad, in the farms and in the factories, in the streets and in the courts, in business and in politics, in ...