Tag Archives: indigenous peoples

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 ...

Letter to President of ECOSOC on the appointment of Indigenous Peoples’ expert from Asia for UNPFII 2020-22 term

Appointment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Expert from Asia for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) for the 2020-22 Term Her ExcellencyInga Rhonda KingPresident of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)And Ambassador and Permanent Representativeof Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United NationsUnited Nations HeadquartersNew York, USA 30 July 2019 Your Excellency, Warm greetings from indigenous sisters and brothers from across the world! We refer to the letter dated 18 April 2019 submitted by AIPP to Your Excellency on behalf of 26 organizations of Asia from 14 countries, whose representatives met in Malaysia on 3-7 March 2019, ...

Joint Statement to the 12th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Borders, Migration and Displacement

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asia Indigenous Peoples CaucusDelivered by: Jacqueline Cariño Indigenous peoples in many Asian countries experience similar situations of displacement, eviction and forced migration within and across borders. These are due to various historical and contemporary factors and issues, including the following: Non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights in many Asian countries. This leads to development aggression and displacement by dams, mining, energy projects, logging, plantations and tourism projects. A few recent examples of displacement due to the construction and commissioning of dams are the Sardar Sarovar dam in the Narmada River and the Mapithel dam in Thoubal ...

AIPP’s Handbook on Extractive Industries and FPIC of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples face many questions and challenges when confronted with mining activities in their communities. What are extractive industries and mining? What laws govern mining in their country? What are the requirements and obligations of companies engaged in mining? What happens in the process of mining and what are its social, environmental and economic impacts? What are the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to extractive industries? What legal instruments can be used to assert these rights? What is free prior and informed consent (FPIC)? What steps should be taken in obtaining FPIC? How can indigenous communities engage and participate ...

UNPFII18: Joint Statement on Agenda Item 11

Joint Statement to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on “Conservation and Rights of Indigenous Peoples” Under Agenda Item 11: Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples By Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus Thank you, Madam Chair. We, indigenous peoples in Asia, through our customary laws and sustainable conservation practices have been conserving our forests, rivers, seas, and mountains, among others, for millennia. For example, in Malaysia, indigenous peoples practice a traditional ‘Tagal’ system to ...

UNPFII18: Joint Statement on Agenda Item 9

Joint Statement to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Under Agenda Item 9: Indigenous peoples’ Traditional knowledge, generation, transmission and protection By Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Madam Chair, Indigenous knowledge is a complex body of wisdom, skills and practices developed over the ages from our distinct relationships with land and nature and our understanding and respect for biodiversity and human nature. These body of knowledge has been transmitted from one generation to the next through our education systems, self-governing institutions, songs, stories, dances, weaving and other customary art and ...

UNPFII18: Statement on Agenda Item 6

Statement to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and engagement with the Indigenous Peoples Under Agenda Item 6: Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples By Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Thank you, Sir Moderator, In this dialogue, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact would like to draw the attention of the Permanent Forum to the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework and engagement with the Indigenous Peoples. We would like to recall the Forum’s recommendation from last year that the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguard 7 (ESS7) ...

Increasing threats to IPs’ rights to LTR in Asia must be halted and reversed to realize SDGs

27 March 2019 We, the Indigenous Peoples’ representatives and CSOs, under the aegis of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and International Land Coalition Asia (ILC Asia) from 10 countries attending a regional workshop on indigenous peoples’ land rights campaign and advocacy[i] from 21-22 March 2019, call on the governments of Asia region and other concerned institutions to immediately halt increasing threats to the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources and take urgent measures to promote and protect those rights. Those rights are extremely critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with the pledge ...

Open Letter of Appeal by AIPP-IWGIA to the Prime Minister of India, on the Supreme Court Order of 13th February, 2019 on FRA

To, The Office of the Prime MinisterGovernment of IndiaSouth Block, Raisina HillNew Delhi-110011 Dear Honourable Prime Minister, The Supreme Court order of 13th February 2019 in the case challenging the constitutional validity of Forest Rights Act (FRA) directed the State governments to ensure the eviction of all forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers from forest land whose claims under the Act have been rejected on or before 24 July 2019. 1 to 2 million claimants face the threat of eviction. The final countrywide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to ...

Role and contribution of indigenous women in water management: Case study of Cambodia and Vietnam

During recent decades the forest covered upland territories in Mekong sub-region have become the target of both state and private forms of exploitation. The rush to extract resources from forests, land, water and soil has impoverished Indigenous Peoples, endangered their livelihoods and their cultural and spiritual lives, harmed their well being and impaired their development. Confronted with commercial farming and large plantations, logging and extractive industries, large infrastructure projects such as hydropower dams or new transportation axes, often accompanied a massive influx of non-indigenous settlers and/or massive community displacement, indigenous groups are struggling all over the sub-region to assert their ...