Statements & Urgent Appeals

Statement on 16 days of Activism on Gender Based Violence

Dear Members, Partners and Allies, We, indigenous women of Asia, mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with this year’s theme: Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence Against Women and Girls. We call for sustainable financing for the efforts to end violence against women and girls towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We, indigenous women, are estimated to be 50% of the 260 million Indigenous Peoples in Asia yet we are disproportionately marginalized. Because we are relentlessly discriminated against on the basis of the intersectionality of our gender and our ethnicity, we suffer multiple forms of ...

Indigenous women in Asia meet for the 3rd annual regional exchange

30 indigenous women from eight countries in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for AIPP’s 3rd Exchange Visit with the theme: Building and Strengthening Women’s Networks in the Mekong Region and South Asia last November 30, 2016. Supported by local host Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), the indigenous women participants from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mainland and Northeast India, Nepal and Cambodia actively engaged, shared and collaborated over the course of the four-day event, particularly on their experiences of climate change within their respective contexts. At the end of the event, these women left with a strong and progressive statement to be ...

Statement: We Stand With Standing Rock! Stop Attacking Water Protectors!

23 November 2016 A Joint Statement by International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Organization for Self Determination and Equality (IOSDE) On the night of November 20, 2016, over 400 Water Protectors gathered on a bridge near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, United States and were violently dispersed by police forces in the name of the corporate-owned Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The security forces were in riot gear and used water cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas and sound cannons against the Water Protectors, who were weaponless ...

Asia Indigenous Women’s Recommendations for Climate Change Policy-Makers

On 30th of October 2016, 32 indigenous women from eight countries1 in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)’s 3rd Regional Exchange Visit. Over the four-day event, the participants shared experiences; best practices and lessons learned on the impacts of climate change in their communities, such as creating conservation zones in watershed areas and surrounding forests and adjusting cultivation calendars to adapt with irregular weather patterns. Below is the summary and recommendations. Despite our diversity, we, indigenous women across Asia are experiencing common challenges: irregular and unreliable weather patterns are leading to food insecurity and loss ...

Statement: Denounce Corporate Greed and Prioritise Protection of Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability

Statement of Solidarity of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact to the Peoples of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)* stands with the Native Americans, activists and water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, USA in denouncing corporate power and demanding state accountability. AIPP supports the full protection of the Missouri river and the territory of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This project is an outright violation of the treaty agreement between the US government and the Sioux tribe with their inherent collective right to their lands, territories and resources. ...

Statement: The Outright Violation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression

20 October 2016  Chiang Mai, Thailand  The Outright Violation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression  Statement of Solidarity of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact The violent dispersal of the indigenous peoples’ peaceful assembly on 19 October 2016 at the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines is beyond deplorable and calls for immediate retribution. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) condemns the overt violation of the rights of indigenous peoples and other protesters to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. The violent dispersal involved the training of water cannons at the protesters, lobbing of tear gas, and ...

AIPP Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016

Statement of AIPP on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016: “Protect our rights, our lands!” Salute from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact! Indigenous brothers and sisters, We proudly celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples under this year’s Asia regional theme and call to “Protect our rights, our lands!” We urgently need to address the continuing violations of our collective rights as indigenous peoples, particularly our rights to our lands, territories and resources which are the bases of our identity, wellbeing, dignity and collective survival and development. More than 200 million of the estimated 370 ...

Actions needed to ensure the inclusion and visibility of indigenous peoples in the implementation of the SDGs

  HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT UN Headquarters, New York July 11-21, 2016 Session 15: From Inspiration to action: Multi-stakeholders engagement for implementation ACTIONS NEEDED TO ENSURE THE INCLUSION AND VISIBILITY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGS Ms. Joan Carling, Indigenous Peoples Major Group 1. Inclusion of the legal recognition of indigenous peoples and their rights in the national action plans to achieve sustainable development. This action will be transformational as securing the rights of indigenous peoples – particularly their rights to lands, territories and resources – will ensure the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, cultural diversity, sustainable resource management and will ...

AIPP Statement: Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in relation to Business Enterprises

9th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 11 – 15 July 2016  Agenda Item No. 6: Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in relation to Business Enterprises Statement of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Presented by: joyce godio Mr. Chairperson, As Asia is becoming the center of global economic growth and trade and investments, business enterprises guided with neoliberalism structure are rapidly expanding in the region. Subjected to marginalization and discrimination across the region, indigenous peoples also face disproportionate adverse impacts from business operations. Indigenous lands and territories are rich in natural resources that are valuable for ...

Asia Caucus Statement: Human rights of indigenous peoples in relation to business enterprises

9th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 11 – 15 July 2016 Agenda 6: Human rights of indigenous peoples in relation to business enterprises Presented by: Tuly Labanna Mrong Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. On behalf of Asia Caucus, I would like to present the statement on human rights of indigenous peoples in relation to business enterprises. A majority of the 5,000 distinct indigenous societies that continue to exist today are eager to retain their ancestral lands, governance and economic, cultural and spiritual practices. All of them currently face an ever more aggressive effort by business ...