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.

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

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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.

Good Practices of Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Decision-Making in Asia – Submission to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Since 2000, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) has been organizing the Asia IP Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures relating to indigenous peoples. This year, the meeting held in Thailand from Feb 26 – Mar 1, 2011 was attended by indigenous representatives from twelve countries of the region alongside UN agencies. They discussed, among other issues, on good practices regarding the participation of indigenous peoples in decision making that are presented below along with other cases collected by the AIPP with reference made to key articles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus Statements in the 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Compilation of Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus’ Statements in the 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 16-27 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, USA Caucus’ Statements under Agenda Item 3A: Follow-up to the Recommendations of the Permanent Forum on Economic and Social Development 3B: Follow-up to the Recommendations of the Permanent Forum on Environment 3C: Follow-up to the recommendations of the Permanent Forum on Free, Prior and Informed Consent 4A: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 4B: Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 7: ...

AIPP Sharing and Recommendations to National Human Rights Institutions

Sub-regional consultation on “The operationalization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by national human rights institutions” Organized by OHCHR and the NZHRC 30 November – 3 December 2010 Auckland Mercure Hotel, New Zealand AIPP Sharing and Recommendations: Introduction The Asia region has the most number of indigenous peoples of approximately 200 million of the total estimated 370 million global populations of indigenous peoples. The illustration in the table is the based on available information of the estimated populations from a selection of Asian countries. Issues and challenges: The human rights situation of indigenous peoples in many ...

Report of South Asia Sub-regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights, 6-8 September, 2010

Report of South Asia Sub-regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights 6-8 September, 2010 Jharkhand, India The South Asia Sub-regional Workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights held on 6 – 8 September 2010, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, and gathered 70 participants from national, regional and international organizations from South Asian countries. They represented key indigenous peoples (IP) organizations, UN organizations and donors. The workshop organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples pact (AIPP) with the financial support from the International Labour Organization (ILO), and hosted by Jharkhandi Organisation for Human Rights (JOHAR), Jharkhand, India. The ...