Tag Archives: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Advancing the respect and recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKAPA)

Karen Indigenous Woman of Maeyod village in Northern Thailand, with herbs and vegetables harvested from the rotational agriculture field. Rotational agriculture or shifting cultivation is the cultural heritage of Indigenous Communities and source of livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and enhancement, and food security for millions of Indigenous Peoples in Asia. Indigenous Women are the primary knowledge holders and perform 70% of the work of rotational agriculture. Photo credit: Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa, AIPP. Community Based Monitoring and Information System (CBMIS) and Mapping Community-based monitoring and information system (CBMIS) is not a new practice in global movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. For ...

Joint Statement to the 12 Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on “Conservation and Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Prepared by: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Nalori Dhammei Chakma We, indigenous peoples in Asia, have been conserving our mountains, forests, rivers, seas, rangelands and deserts for millennia through our customary laws and sustainable conservation practices. For example, in Malaysia, indigenous peoples practice a traditional ‘Tagal’ system to manage and promote sustainable use of rivers, fisheries, forests and watersheds. In Indonesia, indigenous peoples have customary rules or ‘Sasi law’ to manage natural resources, including seas and rivers. In Thailand, indigenous Karen people practice a traditional ritual known as “Lue thi” to conserve river and aquatic animals. ...

IPs organisations urge India govt to uphold commitment to human rights

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT Guwahati, 9th December 2018 On the occasion of the 70th International Human Rights Day, 2018, the following organisations reaffirm their commitment to the universal values and principles of human rights. Indigenous peoples’ organisations and movements gathered from 7-9 December at Guwahati to share “Experiences of Autonomy in North-East India” and for “A Critical Reflection and Dialogue on IP Struggles and Movements in NE India”. The meeting called for critical change in the institutional designs for self-government of indigenous communities where they themselves identify the needs and determine the structure of governance. The meeting expressed severe concern over ...