Human Rights Defenders

AIPP’s congratulatory message to new EMRIP member Mr. Dhamai

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) would like to congratulate Mr. Binota Moy Dhamai for his new appointment as a member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) for 2020 – 2022. The decision was made by the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 13th, 2020 before the suspension of its …

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Indigenous Peoples’ Statement – ASEAN People’s Forum 2019

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) clearly describes the collective and individual rights of indigenous peoples and the obligation of states to respect, protect and fulfill these rights. However, as noted below, the realities on the ground indicate that ASEAN member states have failed to implement the UNDRIP. Human Rights, Democracy …

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Thailand: Bones found in Kaeng Krachan confirmed to be missing Karen activist

At 13.00 today, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) held a press conference to reveal that DNA tests have confirmed that bones found in Kaeng Krachan Dam are those of the missing Karen environmental activist and community rights defender Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who disappeared in 2014. A search of the area under the Kaeng Krachan …

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Philippines: The case of Ricardo Mayumi and the Ifugao Peasant Movement

Nestor Peralta and Brandon Lee of the Ifugao Peasant Movement state the struggles they are facing in relation to their work as human rights defenders in Ifugao province of the Philippines.  Their colleague, Ricardo Mayumi was gunned down on 2 March 2018, an incident that shocked their organisation and the indigenous communities they have been …

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Beneath the Surface: Women Leading the Fight Against Mining

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders. Women activists are frequently targeted for their participation in resistance struggles, and as of May 2018, seventeen women defenders have been killed since the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, rose to power in 2016. In this “Beneath the Surface” installment, …

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Myanmar: Killing of Mr. O Moo

MMR 001 / 0418 / OBS 050 Killing Myanmar April 17, 2018 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Myanmar. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the …

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