Publications

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 ...

Extractive Industries and Energy Projects and Their Impacts to Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Asia is the largest of the world’s continents, covering approximately 1/3 of the Earth’s land area. It is the world’s most populous continent, with roughly 60% of the world’s total population, and the most demographically diverse. “Asia’s natural resources are among the richest and most diverse in the planet. The region holds 20% of the world’s biodiversity, 14% of the world’s tropical forests, and 34% of global coral resources, including the greatest number of marine species in the world. Asia’s natural ecosystems and biodiversity provide numerous social and economic benefits, providing local livelihoods, supporting food, water and energy security, and ...

Shed No More Blood: North East India Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Challenges

Indigenous peoples in Northeast India are confronted with extra constitutional regulations like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958), special legal concessions for extractive industries to exploit natural resources, which are increasingly threatening indigenous communities, their lives and livelihoods, their social cohesion and community, and ultimately their identity. Such legal mechanisms and proposed plans range from land redistributive reforms in Manipur, the establishment of the Special Development Zone in Nagaland, increasing cases of resource conflicts between indigenous people and immigrants in Assam, the condoned encroachment into indigenous peoples’ lands and resources by settler communities in Tripura, to the grand development ...

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 ...

Policy Briefing Paper on Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs): Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives and Recommendations

This policy paper reiterates the importance of multiple functions of forests to indigenous peoples including their social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and economic values that are integral to the territorial governance and livelihood systems of indigenous peoples. The paper recommends the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) to recognize the need for specific measures and policies to be established and implemented by the Parties and their partners as fundamental and enabling conditions to secure and enhance the NCBs in REDD+. The recommendations of this paper are important for the upcoming sessions of the SBSTA in the COP20 and beyond. Click ...