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Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Indigenous Navigator

The Indigenous Navigator, a community monitoring framework by and for Indigenous Peoples, collects and compares community-generated data at the local level and data from the national level, making implementation gaps visible. Indigenous Peoples can enhance their access to justice and development by documenting their situation. This is a first step towards engaging with duty-bearers and other external stakeholders. This monitoring framework with the tools to monitor the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169), core human rights conventions, the outcomes of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and essential aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Indigenous Navigator initiative is a collaborative effort developed by Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples’ Programme (FPP), Tebtebba Foundation, the Danish Institute of Human Rights, International Labour Organization (ILO), and International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) with support from the European Union (EU).


National Partner’s profiles in Asia under AIPP Consortium partner

  • Adivasi Women’s Network (AWN)
  • Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO)
  • Indigenous Peoples Partnership (IPP)
  • Inter-Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT)
  • Jaringan Oral Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
  • Kapaeeng Foundation (KF)
  • Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
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National Partner, Jharkhand, India

Adivasi Women’s Network (AWN) is a network formed with a commitment to address, sensitize and bring awareness to gender injustices faced by Adivasi Women within and in the larger context. At the same time, it also brings awareness to secure Adivasi women’s rights as equal partners in the community. AWN is working for the empowerment of larger Adivasi groups, particularly with Kharia, Ho, Santhali, Munda and Oraon in Jharkhand and neighbouring states in India, is a strategy to make Indigenous Peoples in India able to continue their struggle for their rights.

Women and Gender Resource Centre (WGRC) is the legally registered body and convener of the Adivasi Women’s Network (AWN) since 2012. WGRC is an intersectional feminist organization that works towards participatory change in society and equality of all genders. The main office of WGRC is in the capital of Jharkhand Ranchi, address is; Ist Lane, Don Bosco, Khorah Toli, Kokar, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. Website;

A new partner to the IN, doing community and national surveys in India. Special focus on Gender and IP women’s issues.


National Partner, Cambodia

Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) was established and registered with the Ministry of Interior on 30 June 2014 (SOR CHOR NOR No. 1352). It was born out of the desire to change the destiny of the Cambodian Indigenous Peoples Society to take charge of their culture and tradition and their customary rights to land and natural resources in their community as well as in Cambodia.

CIPO has a strong belief that the Indigenous Peoples (IP), who have an in-depth understanding of the local context, can work effectively (with relevant partners/stakeholders) to make real and sustainable changes to the IPs society. Co-founded by a woman who is Bunong’s ethnic from Mondulkiri province, CIPO is a totally IP-led and managed organization that combines the best knowledge of IPs (locally and internationally) and Cambodian society with the ability to creatively respond to the needs for support from the IPs in Cambodia.


National Partner, Myanmar

Indigenous Peoples Partnership (IPP) formerly known as “SHANAH Organization” is an Indigenous led organization established in Myanmar since 2014 and registered as a non-profit organization in 2019. Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership was established to support Indigenous Peoples’ movements for asserting their right to self-determination in Myanmar. Organizational goal is to achieve Indigenous Peoples rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and our inherent rights to self-determination, peace, and dignity.

IPP aim to operate in all Indigenous nations’ constituencies in Myanmar and collaborate with Indigenous Peoples organizations in Asia. Currently, IPP is a member of Asia Indigenous Youth Platform (AIYP), Indigenous Peoples Coalition for Universal Periodic Review (IPCUPR), International Land Coalition (ILC), Zero Tolerance Initiative (ZTI), Myanmar Civil Society Core Group on ASEAN (MCSCGA), Customary Tenure Recognition Alliance of Myanmar, and a partner of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).

Indigenous Peoples Partnership (IPP) is the first organization to be registered as “an Indigenous organization” in Myanmar. IPP key focus is to sustain Indigenous Peoples movement in Myanmar, and this is mainstreamed in its key focuses areas – land, territorial and resource (LTR); strengthening Indigenous institutions as part of enabling Indigenous Peoples’ self-governance; Indigenous knowledge and livelihood; environment and climate change mitigation; Indigenous Peoples rights to self-determination and autonomy; gender equality; supporting Indigenous Human Rights Defender (IHRDs); and advocacy. 


Indigenous Peoples living in peace, dignity, and harmony in a just society by exercising their rights to self-determination.


  • To secure the rights of and enable the progressive growth of the Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar through effective engagement, innovative partnerships, and inclusive actions to empower, uplift and secure the rights, dignity, and adaptive capacities of communities. 

Organizational Objectives:

  • To empower Indigenous Peoples for building a just society with an adaptive and progressive growth. 
  • To secure the rights to lands, territories, and natural resources of Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar and conserve the environment, biodiversity, and nature to climate change.
  • To empower indigenous youth and women to fully enjoy the rights to participation in all decision-making, and participation in the public and political lives. 


National Partner, Thailand

The Inter-Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) is located in San Sai Subdistrict, San Sai District, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand. Its aim is to assist in driving the indigenous movement by and for Indigenous Peoples, focusing on the “dimension of indigenous cultural values” – which forms the basis of self-development of indigenous organizations and networks.  Emphasis is placed on raising the potential of Indigenous leaders to address issues at the local level, especially among Indigenous women and youth, empowering the strength of Indigenous organizations and networks, and developing models in culturally based community management.

IMPECT is an association status or membership organization. Presently, IMPECT has it’s 3,539 individual members and 12 indigenous networks’ members that mostly live in northern Thailand, including Akha, Dara-ang, Hmong, H’tin, Iu-Mien, Karen, Kachin, Mlabri, Lahu, Lisu, Lwua, and Thai Yai. 



National Partner, Malaysia

Jaringan Oral Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) or the Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia is the umbrella network for 105 Orang Asal (Indigenous Peoples) community based organisations and communities, supported by associated members drawn from indigenous NGOs and indigenous-focused NGOs in Malaysia. JOAS Missions are defending and fighting for the rights of Indigenous peoples in Malaysia, establishing and supporting as many Indigenous networks as possible in every region in Malaysia (i.e. Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak), to strengthen relationships and cooperation between Indigenous peoples throughout Malaysia, to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-development of JOAS members, and to enhance the skills and awareness of Indigenous development and to strengthen ties with other organizations and civil society.

Established in 1992, JOAS’ campaign and advocacy focus on the recognition of customary land, development policies and handling conflicts, particularly with the private sector or business sector.

Kapaeeng Foundation

National Partner, Bangladesh

Kapaeeng Foundation is a human rights organization, which was established on 1 April 2004 with the view to work for the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh. The term ‘Kapaeeng’ is derived from indigenous Khumi language, meaning ‘Rights’. Kapaeeng Foundation is duly registered with the Joint Stock Company and Firms of Commerce Ministry, Government of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

The vision of Kapaeeng Foundation is to establish a society based on the values of justice, equity and freedom where fundamental freedoms and human rights of Indigenous Peoples are ensured. The mission of Kapaeeng Foundation are, among others, to promote and protect the human rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the country and to conduct advocacy, lobby and campaign programme for the same at local, national, regional and international level.

Active in all themes of the Navigator. Website:


National Partner, Nepal

Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) was registered under the Institution Registration Act 1967 in 1995. It was established by indigenous lawyers as a non–profit, non-political organization with the aim of promoting the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal.

LAHURNIP focuses on strategic litigations, documentation and reporting at national and international levels, research and policy advocacy activities as well as capacity building, collectively with Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (IPOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders. LAHURNIP believes the success of advocacy lies in the collective effort of all Indigenous Peoples in Nepal. In its work LAHURNIP respects impartiality, non-discrimination, inclusiveness and promotes democratic culture. 

Active in all components of the Navigator – strong relationship with NHRC and ministries engaging with IPs

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Twitter: @LAHURNIPNepal