Militarization

EMRIP15: Agenda Item 9 – Thematic discussion on Violence against Indigenous Women

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Fifteenth session 04–08 July 2022Geneva, Switzerland Agenda Item 9: Thematic discussion on Violence against Indigenous Women Statement on behalf of Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus,Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Imti Respected Chair, I am Dr. Elizabeth Imti of Network of Indigenous Women in Asia, presenting the statement on behalf …

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Bangladesh: 23rd Years of Kalpana Abduction: PCMS-HWF demand for high-level investigation and exemplary punishment of the perpetrators

Parbatya Chattagram Mahila Samity (PCMS) and Hill Women’s Federation (HWF) urged government of Bangladesh to take step immediately for conducting a high-level probe and proper justice to the Kalpana Chakma kidnapping incident and exemplary punishment of the perpetrators. The demand was made in a discussion organised by the PCMS and HWF jointly in Rangamati on …

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AIPP Submission to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for its study on “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement”

This submission is made to the EMRIP based on AIPP’s existing research on indigenous peoples’ situation in Asia as well as specific inputs on the theme of the EMRIP study by AIPP Executive Council and member organizations. Asia has the largest number of indigenous peoples around the world – about 411 million live in the …

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Myanmar: Wold Kachin Congress deplores unjust sentencing of Kachin civil society leaders, calls for sanctions against the real criminals – the Burma Army

December 08, 2018 The World Kachin Congress strongly condemns the heinous sentencing of three Kachin civil society leaders to six months in prison and a fine of 500,000 kyat each for defamation of the Burma Army under Article 500 of the Panel Law. Ms Nang Pu, Mr Lum Zawng, and Mr Zau Jat had committed …

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Myanmar: Appalling punishment for three peaceful anti-war protesters must be overturned

Responding to the guilty verdict and six-month prison sentences handed to three activists today for their role in a peaceful protest in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, Amnesty International’s Director of Crisis Response, Tirana Hassan, said: “Today’s appalling verdict against three peaceful activists shows the government’s determination to silence any criticism of their actions …

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Myanmar: International Kachin Community Supports Fact-Finding Mission’s Call to Refer Burma to the ICC

3 September, 2018 – We, the International Kachin Community, welcome the August 27 report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Burma [Myanmar] and support its recommendations. The Fact-Finding Mission found evidence of “genocidal intent” in relation to Rakhine State and “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes” in the systematic patterns of human rights violations occurring …

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Philippines: AFP’s lies, desperate attempt to end indigenous peoples’ just struggles

*We denounce the military assembly of some 150 Lumad, mostly children, in Nasilaban, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on June 9, 2018 and the deceitful announcement that Datu Guibang Apoga has surrendered to the military. This is another devious move to strip the Manobos of our right to our ancestral domain and self-determination. “Fake Surrender.” The Alamara-AFP …

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Philippines: CPA, grateful to US Senator Leahy for his support for indigenous rights activists implicated in DOJ terrorist proscription

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance expresses its sincerest gratitude to United States’ Honorable Senator Patrick Leahy for adding his voice to the call to stop the political persecution and the unjust terrorist proscription of indigenous rights activists in the Philippines. We are fortunate to have our voices heard inside the halls of the US Senate through …

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Thailand: Fifteen human rights defenders arrested and charged for demanding free and fair elections

On 22 May 2018, fifteen pro-democracy human rights defenders, including Anon Nampa, Rangsiman Rome, Sirawith Seritiwat, Chonticha Jaengrew and Piyarat Chongthep, were arrested and charged with sedition, with violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five people or more, and under the Road Traffic Act for participating in peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok. Anon …

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Myanmar: Drop Defamation Cases Against Kachin Anti-War Protest Organizers Trial against three protesters continues today

(YANGON, May 21, 2018) – The Government of Myanmar should immediately and unconditionally drop criminal defamation charges against three ethnic-Kachin human rights defenders, said the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT) and Fortify Rights today. The cross-examination of prosecution witnesses will begin in Myitkyina Township Court today. “It is not a crime to want the Burmese military …

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