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.

[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 ...

VIETNAM: Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination discusses situation in Viet Nam and Canada with non-governmental organizations

 20 February 2012 The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning held an interactive dialogue with non-governmental organizations from Viet Nam and Canada. The reports of those two countries will be reviewed by the Committee this week. Representatives of non-governmental organizations in Viet Nam raised a number of issues concerning discrimination against the Montagnard Degar people in Viet Nam including arbitrary detention for men, forced sterilization among women, land confiscation without compensation and the unlawful imprisonment of 400 individuals for their Christian faith and exercising their right to peaceful assembly. Speakers also noted the racial discrimination against the ...

MALAYSIA: Indigenous Communities Demand Referendum on Mega-Dams

MIRI, Sarawak, Malaysia, February 19, 2012 (ENS) – Malaysian communities are asking the government to stop all 12 planned mega-dam projects in the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo and to hold a referendum on dam construction. A conference of some 150 representatives of indigenous communities and civil society groups concluded Saturday in the city of Miri with demands that the state government address the adverse impact of existing hydroelectric dam projects in Sarawak and stop planning for more to power industrial development of the rainforest. Organized by the newly formed Save Rivers Network, the conference brought local ...

INDONESIA: Concerns of JPIC in Papua regarding the situation in Papua in 2011

(Reflections on the situation in 2011) From 13 to 16 February 2012, the secretariats of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in Papua (Franciscans JPIC in Papua, JPIC Archdiocese of Merauke, JPIC Agats Diocese, JPIC of Timika Diocese and JPIC of Sorong Diocese) held an annual meeting in Sentani. The outcome of this meeting is summed up in the following reflections on the situation in Papua with some recommendations. The secretariats of JPICs in Papua confirm that the pro-investment policy of the Government of Indonesia and the torture and cruel treatment by the security forces have undermined law ...

[CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4 MARCH] Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy: A Training Program for Indigenous Advocates in the Asia-Pacific

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) affiliated with the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, in partnership with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), calls for applications for the Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy Program: a Training Program for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region.  This program will take place in  Sabah, Malaysia from 23 April to 2 May, 2012. The 2012 program will have a thematic focus on how indigenous peoples can realize their rights in the context of the challenges of rapid economic development, globalization and climate change. Participants ...

INDONESIA: Submission on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom of Indigenous Peoples In Indonesia to the Universal Periodic Review by Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN)

Submission of Report to Human Rights Council On The Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom of Indigenous Peoples in Indonesia Universal Periodic Review Thirteenth Session 21st May – 1st June 2012 Submitted by Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/AMAN (Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago) Preliminary 1. Indonesia has population of around 230 millions. The government recognizes 365 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups as komunitas adat terpencil (geographicallyisolated customary law communities). They number approx. 1.1 million. However, many more peoples consider themselves, or are considered by others, to be indigenous. The national indigenous peoples’ organization, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), uses the ...

[ANNOUNCEMENT] FUND FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Fund for Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders at Risk”. With funding support from the European Commission, the fund was set up to: 1. Respond to immediate and urgent needs of Indigenous Human Rights Defenders and/or their families to alleviate their suffering and/or mitigate the consequences of the violations of their rights.2. To provide sanctuary to IPHRDs who are facing serious threats to their personal security and well-being as a consequence of their human rights work.