Indigenous Peoples and National Human Rights Institutions in Asia: Good Practices and Challenges

This publication is a compilation of studies on the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. It aims to assist indigenous peoples’ communities, organisations and advocates in establishing a better understanding of how these specific NHRIs operate and to seek opportunities for the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights in the work of these NHRIs. Click Here to download 

Briefing Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Women to their Lands, Territories and Resources in Asia


This briefing paper by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) highlights some of the key and common challenges faced by indigenous women in Southeast Asia in relation to their collective rights to land, territories and resources, such as a) continuing loss of lands, territories and resources due to the establishment of conservation areas, commercial exploitation, land grabbing, forced eviction and displacement from ancestral lands, b) the non-implementation of constitutional, legislative and policy provisions concerning indigenous women’s rights as well as c) political repression, militarization, persecution and extra judicial killings of indigenous land rights activists. Click Here to download the publication

Briefing Paper: The Impacts of Land Dispossession on Indigenous Women


This briefing paper highlights the specific conditions of indigenous women, who comprise a major segment of indigenous communities where development projects are being implemented in India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. In the midst of restiveness against corporate take-over of their lands, territories and resources, the indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women, are grappling with the consequences of their resistance and finding means to forward the advocacy of the recognition and protection of their rights and welfare. The oft-repeated phrase “Land is life” never rang truer or louder than today among indigenous women, who have traditionally been bearers and keepers of seeds and ...

Business and Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences with Access to Remedy


This book represents an important step towards addressing the issues and challenges which have been observed by the Working Group (UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) in relation to access to remedy at this nexus between the role of the State, the responsibility of corporations and the situation to remedy under the Working Group’s mandate, and the fundamental importance to indigenous peoples of redress for corporate related impacts on their rights. A solid and effective access to remedy pillar is of fundamental importance to the success of the Guiding Principles. Without ...

Gender Manual: Good Practices and Lessons Learnt by an Indigenous Peoples Organization


We are not born with Gender. We are not given it at birth. It is something that we do. It is something that we perform and it is socially constructed. We are all surrounded by gender from the minute we are born. Questions like ‘is it a boy or girl?’ set the tone of our social construction of gender from before we can remember. Gender is present in all of our institutions, actions, beliefs, culture and relation­ships. Gender is a part of all cultures, including indigenous and non-indigenous communities alike. Yet, we are rarely afforded the time to explore notions ...

Threatened Lands, Threatened Lives


Human Rights Situation of the Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia This report on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples of Cambodia was prepared mainly from the contributions of indigenous peoples human rights defenders (IPHRDs) and NGOs in the country. This is an update to the AIPP publication Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Report in Asia – Cambodia, Thailand and Nepal: Towards Social Justice and Sustainable Peace published in 2006. IPHRDs from the Indigenous Rights Active Members (IRAM) and the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), through the coordination of the Indigenous Community Support Organisation (ICSO), prepared the first draft of this report ...

Indigenous Media, Freedom of Expression and Right to Information: ASEAN Scenario [New Briefing Paper]


The status of the human, political and civil rights of indigenous peoples in ASEAN relates directly to their rights to media, information and freedom of expression. Media plays an important role in promoting and protecting indigenous peoples’ rights as well as their inclusive participation in decision making and social equity. A lack of information and communication channels for them to express their perspectives and influence public opinion increases their vulnerabilities to human rights violations, marginalization and exclusion from decision making. This briefing paper provides an assessment of the overall situation of indigenous peoples in relation to their right to media, ...

Her Story Retold [New Publication]


The indigenous women’s voices and “her stories”, as an integral part of the women’s movement and indigenous peoples’ movement, remain faint. This reflects the overall conditions of indigenous women as relatively more marginalized, discriminated against and dis-empowered at all levels. It also illustrates the urgent need to strengthen indigenous women’s organizations and institutions, as well as their leadership and effective participation, in all matters that concern them as women and as indigenous peoples.This book, as a compilation of indigenous women’s “her stories”, is a reflection of the conditions and struggles on the ground of indigenous women. They are the stories ...

No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities


Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization. Mining, hydropower dams, large scale plantations, oil exploration, geothermal projects, economic land concessions, special economic zones and economic transformation programs are among the many projects being imposed on indigenous peoples’ territories.This paper presents the initial findings of the case studies on the impacts of extractive industry projects in six countries in Asia namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal and the Philippines. The data presented herein are primarily ...

Access to Remedy: Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights


This briefing paper is a summary of forthcoming publication prepared for AIPP, CAOI, ENIP, IWGIA, PIPLinks, FPP side event at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were endorsed by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2011. They consist of three pillars aimed at ensuring compliance with human rights in the context of corporate activities. The first pillar is specifically targeted at States and reaffirms their duty to protect human rights, including those rights affirmed in specific standards addressing vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples. It also addresses State responsibility ...