Publications

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 ...

Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

This manual is designed for trainers and facilitators to use as a guide when conducting training for indigenous communities on FPIC.The manual consists of eight modules that provides the concept and principles of FPIC; enumerates provisions of international legal instruments on FPIC; mentions safeguard policies of international financial institutions; presents the national legal framework on indigenous peoples and FPIC in the Philippines including how the policy has been implemented; and thecase stories from Asia that illustrate the actual experience of indigenous peoples with projects funded by international financial institutions. The modules can be adjusted according to the type of audiences ...

Policy Briefing Paper on Safeguards Information System (SIS) in REDD+: What Should It Deliver for Indigenous Peoples?

This policy paper on SIS presents indigenous peoples’ perspectives and understandings of the Cancun Safeguards. The paper specifically highlights the types of information that SIS should contain; the mechanisms and processes to gather information; and process to validate the collected information. This paper has been prepared based on the submission made by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Sep. 24 2014. Indigenous peoples of Asia will use this policy paper as the advocacy paper in the upcoming 41st session of SBSTA in the COP20 in Peru, Lima. Click here to ...

Private: Achievements and Challenges in Strengthening the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network in Asia

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact [AIPP] wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who were involved in the evaluation of Project EIDHR/2011/266456 which was funded by the European Union’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights [EIDHR]. AIPP deeply appreciates the dedicated cooperation and facilitation made by LAHURNIP in Nepal and the ICSO and CIYA in Cambodia, which made possible all the interactions of the evaluation team with the IPHRDs, their communities and the AIPP members. This evaluation would not have been successfully accomplished without them. To Vanda Altarelli, AIPP wishes to thank her for the concise and frank assessment ...