Statements & Urgent Appeals

Recommendation statement of Asia IPs and CSOs for the revision of World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank safeguard policies on Indigenous Peoples

Twenty-seven (27) participants from 20 indigenous organizations in 8 countries in Asia and two (2) civil society organizations gathered for the  “Regional Training on Safeguard Polices and Grievance Mechanisms of International Financial Institutions” in Sagada, Philippines. We have studied and discussed the safeguard policies and grievance mechanisms of international finance institutions and have reflected on the experiences of our communities and peoples with projects funded by these institutions. We recognise that the policies of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are now, or soon to, undergo review and we wish to provide our perspectives into the ...

Letter of concern on the extrajudicial killings of IPs in the Philippines

Dear Mr. President, Greetings from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network) in Asia. We express our deep concern, alarm and condemnation on the unabated killings of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. We also express our disappointment and frustration with the Philippine government’s slow and almost non-action towards the killings of indigenous peoples human rights defenders. These acts including the denial of justice are clearly in violation of the international and national human rights obligations of the government.  We stand firm in demanding that the government account for the recent spate of political ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits resulting from the implementation of REDD+ Activities

The Nineteenth Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) recognized the importance of incentivizing Non-Carbon Benefits for the long-term sustainability of the implementation of REDD+ activities [1]. This decision has long-term implications for indigenous peoples in Asia especially in relation to the recognition and exercise of their collective rights over their forests.

Statement of Indigenous Peoples in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum

Indigenous Peoples in the ASEAN, are estimated to be more than 100 million people. They are present in nine (9) countries, belong to over 1000 different groups, and sometimes referred to as ethnic nationalities, ethnic minorities, Orang Asli/Orang Asal, Hilltribes, and MasyarakatAdat and others.They are the embodiment of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the ASEAN which is celebrated in the promotional brochures of ASEAN member-states. However, the indigenous peoples in Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, disproportionately suffer from multiple forms of discrimination and oppression based on their ethnicity, race, location and economic status, rendering ...

Letter to President of the Human Rights Council on Selection process for the Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from Asia-Pacific States

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Subject: Selection process for the Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from Asia-Pacific States Excellency, We refer to your letter dated 3rd March 2014 containing a list of special procedures mandate holders and Members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) to be appointed during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council. We, the representatives of Indigenous Peoples from thirteen Asian countries gathered at the Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures relating to Indigenous Peoples, taking place in Tarlac City, Philippines from 11th to 15th March ...

Statement from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus

In response to the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/198 “to organize a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held in 2014”, the indigenous peoples in the Asia region have been engaging in good faith from the very beginning with the understanding that this process allows for the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. Through our regional preparatory meeting, we came out with “A Call to Action from Indigenous Peoples in Asia to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples”. This outcome documents reflects the concerns ...

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, MARCH 08, 2014

Inspiring Change INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, MARCH 08, 2014   Dear members, partners and friends, On March 08, 2014, we are once again celebrating International Women’s Day. We as indigenous women join in solidarity for this year’s theme: ‘Inspiring Change’. On this day, we call for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change, particularly for our indigenous sisters.

Indigenous Peoples: In Defense of our Collective Rights – Statement on the Commemoration of International Human Rights Day

On  6th December, just four days before the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, Pedro Tinga, a leader of the Mansaka Tribal Council of  Malamodao Barangay, Maco, Compostela Valley Province, in the island of Mindanao,  Philippines was brutally killed by unidentified elements of the 71st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army while he was tending his farm. Five days earlier, Rolen Langala, a Higaonon leader of PANGALASAG  in Opol Municipality, Misamis Oriental Province in the same island, was fatally stabbed a number of times and shot twice on the head allegedly by a local government official.  Just over a ...

Statement: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project

To:YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud22nd Floor, Wisma Bapa MalaysiaPetra Jaya, 93502 KuchingSarawak, Malaysia Mr. Torstein Dale SjotveitChief Executive Officer,Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)No. 1, The Isthmus,93050 Kuching,Sarawak, Malaysia Subject: Respect Indigenous Penan’s Native Customary Rights over the Murum Dam Project We, indigenous organizations from Malaysia and Asia, are deeply concerned about the Sarawak State Government’s actions against the Indigneous Penans protesting the impounding of water at the Murum Dam in Ulu Belaga, Sarawak.

Appeal for support for the indigenous peoples affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines

November 13, 2013 Dear Friends, As you may all know, the Philippines is now under a state of calamity with the massive and widescale destruction of lives and properties  by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest typhoon recorded in history early this month. The coverage from various media outfits show part of the damage wrought by the typhoon in the Visayas region. What is not yet being publicized is also the situation of many indigenous communities who live in far flung communities and are now isolated because of the massive damage in their areas and the lack of communication facilities. Many ...