Joshua: Message from an Indigenous Person with Disability from Myanmar

My name is Joshua, a post-polio person with disabilities. I belong Chin tribe and I am presently living in Kale district of Hakhalay Village (Myanmar) and Chin State is where the second highest rate of Persons with disabilities are seen among all the States in Myanmar. I want to address the discrimination of the indigenous persons with disabilities in Myanmar. Indigenous Peoples of Chin community are facing lots of problem. The development projects that are implementing in Chin State are not considering for persons with disabilities and they are always marginalized. Many of indigenous lose their rights and land. There ...

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

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 indigenous women in many indigenous communities in Indonesia, particularly in Maluku. AMAN Maluku fully supports the Land Rights Now campaign and we remain committed to continue supporting various activities related to the campaign.

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

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, I know it for sure that the land is mine, but someone else is cultivating on that land before my eyes. I have no alternative but to see it. I have no right to touch or use that land. That has completely been given to ...

Ms. Chang: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

Ms. Echo L.P. Chang is Papora indigenous woman from the Central Region in Taiwan, nearly seventy years old. She is one of the most important human rights defenders fights for the Ping-pu indigenous peoples (Ping-pu indigenous peoples are not recognized by under the laws in Taiwan, nearly 11 ethnic groups.) She spends her life fighting for human rights of Ping-pu indigenous peoples. She appeals loudly that Taiwan Government must recognize the rights of the Ping-pu indigenous peoples and boost its efforts to address violations of their human rights, rights to education, in particular their collective land rights and cultural rights. ...

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

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 Oriental – there has been several violations of human rights. There were those killed, captured, harassed. Our rights as Indigenous Peoples, were not respected. That is why we, the Indigenous Peoples, are against Martial Law. It hasn’t helped us develop, hasn’t given us livelihoods in our ...

Panai Kusui: Message from an Indigenous woman Human Rights Defender from Taiwan

In this video, Panai Kusui of Pinuyumayan Indigenous Peoples from Taiwan  calls for Taiwanese government to restore and recognize indigenous peoples’ original rights as well as equal treatment to all people living in Taiwan regardless of their ethnicity. She also explains about the need to empower women to enable them to exercise their inherent rights as well as to foster stronger collaboration among women to promote and protect their rights.

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

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 of our ancestors until today we have been maintaining and preserving our Djamona Raa forest. So our children and their future generations can inherit (Djamona Raa forest) and see the Vanan or birds of paradise, Jonga or deer, Alke or parrot king birds, Pelanduk (mouse deer) ...

Pratima Gurung: Message from an Indigenous Woman with Disability from Nepal

Pratima Gurung has been strong in advocating for the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities, not only in Nepal but also across the world. On the occasion of the international disability day, she calls for more attention and recognition to the role and contribution of indigenous persons with disabilities, particularly indigenous women.