Statements & Urgent Appeals

Asia Regional Launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights


WE DEMAND LAND RIGHTS NOW! On 12 March 2016, indigenous peoples from different areas in Asia came together in Yangon, Myanmar and unanimously decided to join the global campaign to demand their land rights, also known as the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights Campaign. “This campaign is our collective struggle to demand our collective land rights. It is a mobilization of global efforts and energies to demand the land rights of 370 million indigenous peoples in the world, which are largely consisting of indigenous peoples in Asia”, said Joan Carling, the Secretary General of the ...

Strengthening Solidarity for Indigenous Women’s Land Rights in 2016

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, every 8th of March, AIPP joins hand with women and men across the globe in the spirit of solidarity in advancing gender equality and social justice for all. We also take this opportunity to acknowledge indigenous women’s invaluable contributions and roles in community welfare and development in all dimensions. In most indigenous communities, it is the women who serve as primary caregivers to children, elderly family members and the sick. It is the women who are the holders and teachers of the traditional knowledge passed down through generations. It is indigenous women who are the main food producers and managers of ...

Situation of the right to health of indigenous peoples in Asia

Submission by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) for the “Study on the Right to Health and Indigenous Peoples with a Focus on Children and Youth” of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Introduction As the most comprehensive international standard on the rights of indigenous peoples so far, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) provides that, among others, indigenous peoples have the right, without any discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social condition, including sanitation and health.

Ganing Momentum: Building on Our Initiatives And Strengths towards Securing Our Rights To Forestland and Resources, Sustainable Forest Management Livelihoods and Food Security

Statement Delivered During Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016 February 26, 2016 Clark, Pampanga, Philippines We, leaders of organizations of indigenous peoples, local forest based communities and enterprises and family smallholders in 16 countries in Asia thank the organizers of Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016, as well as our apex organizations Asian Farmers Association (AFA), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and network partner Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Program –Asia (NTFP-EP) , who brought us here , with the support of FAO Forest and Farm Facility, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swedish Society for Conservation and ...

Malaysia: Stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang immediately

24 January 2016 – Civil society organizations around the world, in a petition today, condemned the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, and called for dropping all the charges against her immediately. The organizations affirmed that the targeted prosecution of Lasimbang, among other rights activists, is indicative of closing space for civil society in Malaysia and urged the Government to put an end to it in order to uphold values of democracy and human rights. More than two hundred organizations have signed on to the petition sent to the Malaysian ...

Human Rights Day 2015: States must act on their commitments to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Public Statement 10 December 2015 – This Human Rights Day, AIPP joins the global yearlong campaign “Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always.” for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).[i] AIPP strives to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants, alongside the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), among indigenous peoples in Asia and other stakeholders and more importantly, calls on the States to ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy ...

AIPP Statement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Campaign, we take this opportunity to reflect on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption, and look into the advancement of indigenous women’s rights and welfare. We, indigenous women, are estimated to be 50% of the 260 million indigenous peoples in Asia alone. We are regularly discriminated and relentlessly marginalized on the basis of the intersectionality of our gender and our ethnicity. Despite positive developments in both indigenous peoples’ rights and women’s rights movements, we continue to face serious challenges especially on the legal recognition ...

Climate Initiatives Must Not Include Large Hydropower Projects – NGOs

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), International Rivers, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) 3 December 2015 – In a global manifesto released today, a coalition of more than 300 civil society organizations from 53 countries called on governments and financiers at the Paris climate talks to keep large hydropower projects out of climate initiatives such as the Clean Development Mechanism, the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and green bonds.

AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)Public Statement 23 October 2015 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has called for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in its comments on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples.

PHILIPPINES: Indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia call for immediate end to continued killings and abuses of Lumads in Mindanao

20 October 2015 – More than seventy indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia are calling for an end to the continued killings of and other abuses against Lumads in Mindanao in their joint letter of appeal letter to President Benigno Aquino III after another Lumad leader was killed last September. These organizations also call for an independent and transparent investigation on the roles and accountability of both the paramilitary forces and the Philippine Army in the violence against the Lumads who are the indigenous peoples of southern Philippines in the island of Mindanao.