Human Rights Defenders

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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Heli Chakma: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Bangladesh

https://youtu.be/pXIV3piQK5A I am from Rangamati of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.I do not actively work on Human Rights per se but I try to support those who actively work as much as possible. Since my birth the problem I feel is the land issue, which is a major problem for indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. On paper, …

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Leny Patty: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

https://youtu.be/0mchMacVzpw I’m Leny Patty, from Ullath indigenous community, Maluku province. Contribution of indigenous women in various di sscussion on rights to lands, territories and resources is critical and significant. Because we have vast knowledge when it comes to how we manage and preserve our ancestral territories. Now is the time to strengthen the position of …

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Bae Annabel Mansiguiao: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Philippines

https://youtu.be/HXU2-tlaVGw I am Bae Annabel Mansiguiao, from Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental. We have an organization, Tagtabulon, a coming together of the Higaonons in Misamis Oriental. During the time of Marcos, I, as a child, experienced militarization in our community. And it is happening until now. Different communities here in the region – in Bukidnon, Agusan, Misamis …

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Erlina Darakay: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

https://youtu.be/ivSdlhduNgI Our customary forest, Djamona Raa forest, has been destroyed again under the name of HPH (Forest Concession Rights). We urge the police to give us justice and arrest the illegal loggers. Because we, Rebi indigenous community, never give our consent for the outsiders to enter our Djamona Raa customary forest. Because from the time …

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Khadga Magar: Message from an Indigenous Person with Disability from Nepal

https://youtu.be/5YFAbxafXbo My name is Khadga Bahadur Magar. I am from Ramechhap district and I am the President of Nepal Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA).The major issues of persons with disabilities includes their meaningful participation and decisive roles in the decision-making processes in relevant areas. The participation and representation of persons with disability in decision making processes …

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