Indigenous leaders and allies call for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples land use systems in forest management
The panelists of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) session “Indigenous peoples landscape approaches to forest conservation: Good practices and challenges for food security and livelihoods” in the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, Lima reaffirmed the findings of the AIPP research by sharing their experiences from Peru, Brazil, Tanzania and Myanmar. Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) facilitated the panel comprised of the representatives of CHIRAPAQ, Peru; PINGO-Forum; Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT), Myanmar; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN). The session was organized on 6 Dec. 2014 during the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, Peru. More than 35 participants attended the session.
"I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. " UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The full enjoyment of all human rights is at heart of indigenous peoples struggles. As we commemorate the 2014 Human Rights Day, we would like to remind governments of the commitments they made to indigenous peoples in the Outcome Document of the recently concluded World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
In this document, governments have reaffirmed their support for the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP] and their commitment “to consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them, in accordance with the applicable principles of the Declaration.”
Indigenous Media, Freedom of Expression and Right to Information: ASEAN Scenario [New Briefing Paper]
The status of the human, political and civil rights of indigenous peoples in ASEAN relates directly to their rights to media, information and freedom of expression. Media plays an important role in promoting and protecting indigenous peoples’ rights as well as their inclusive participation in decision making and social equity. A lack of information and communication channels for them to express their perspectives and influence public opinion increases their vulnerabilities to human rights violations, marginalization and exclusion from decision making. This briefing paper provides an assessment of the overall situation of indigenous peoples in relation to their right to media, access to information and freedom of expression as emphasized in article 16 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).It aims to draw the attention of and to provide recommendations to policy makers, donors and activists/journalists on the lack of these rights for indigenous peoples that deprive them of channels to voice out their concerns and participate in shaping the social and political agenda in ASEAN countries.
The indigenous women’s voices and “her stories”, as an integral part of the women’s movement and indigenous peoples’ movement, remain faint. This reflects the overall conditions of indigenous women as relatively more marginalized, discriminated against and dis-empowered at all levels. It also illustrates the urgent need to strengthen indigenous women’s organizations and institutions, as well as their leadership and effective participation, in all matters that concern them as women and as indigenous peoples.This book, as a compilation of indigenous women’s “her stories”, is a reflection of the conditions and struggles on the ground of indigenous women. They are the stories of Afrida, Bua-Ban, Cristina, and 9 other indigenous women who are extra-ordinary women in their own right. They are in the hearts and minds of other women and villagers because of their suffering, struggles, sacrifices, commitments, dedication and lifetime achievements in advancing the dignity of women and indigenous peoples. This is now the second volume of her story produced by AIPP to amplify further the voices and struggles on indigenous women across Asia.
Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization. Mining, hydropower dams, large scale plantations, oil exploration, geothermal projects, economic land concessions, special economic zones and economic transformation programs are among the many projects being imposed on indigenous peoples’ territories.This paper presents the initial findings of the case studies on the impacts of extractive industry projects in six countries in Asia namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal and the Philippines. The data presented herein are primarily sourced from initial data gathering and documentation of indigenous peoples organizations who have conducted focused group discussions, key informant interviews, ocular visits and research on publicly available company information.
- Indigenous leaders and allies call for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples land use systems in forest management
- 2014 Human Rights Day: Reminding Governments of Their Commitments To The World's Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous Media, Freedom of Expression and Right to Information: ASEAN Scenario [New Briefing Paper]
- Her Story Retold [New Publication]
- No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities
- Access to Remedy: Business and Indigenous Peoples' Rights
- Policy Briefing Paper on Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs): Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives and Recommendations