The adivasi and tribal peoples in India, together with indigenous organizations and support groups are alarmed by the position of the government of India regarding the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework particularly ESS7 on indigenous peoples. In a letter of concern initiated by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and endorsed by 56 indigenous peoples organizations and institutions and 26 civil society organizations stated that the Government of India’s position is extremely problematic. While a certain number of India’s domestic laws require consent from adivasi and tribal peoples on the use of their lands and resources, other laws contradicting this is being implemented violating the rights of indigenous peoples known as adivasi/ tribal peoples. Further, efforts are being made through executive orders and by ignoring these laws to undermine the existing protection for adivasi/tribal peoples’ rights, such as the requirement to obtain consent under the Forest Act 2006 and Panchayat Raj (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996.
This publication is a compilation of studies on the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. It aims to assist indigenous peoples’ communities, organisations and advocates in establishing a better understanding of how these specific NHRIs operate and to seek opportunities for the integration of indigenous peoples’ rights in the work of these NHRIs.
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Indigenous Peoples Major Group Policy Brief on Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Working Draft
Learning from the Millennium Development Goals and leaving no one behind
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Post-2015 Development Agenda aspire to “leave no one behind.” The Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG), however, notes with concern that many references to “indigenous peoples” were deleted in the final Outcome Document of the Open-ended Working Group on the SDGs (OWG) to be considered for adoption by the UN General Assembly. The near “invisibility” of indigenous peoples in the current draft of the SDGs poses a serious risk of repeating their negative experiences with national development processes and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as further marginalization in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. With the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, the new SDGs could present a unique opportunity to not only the remedy shortcomings of the MDG process, but also historic injustices resulting from racism, discrimination, and inequalities long suffered by indigenous peoples around the world.
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Indigenous peoples in Asia formulated their advocacy action plan for more organized and sustained engagements with UN mechanisms and on the ASEAN platform. Common statements and reports were agreed upon and tasks were assigned to those attending the 2015 sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [EMRIP], and the Forum on Business and Human Rights. These were the results, among others, of the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and hosted by the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance.
- Side Events of UNPFii 14th Session
- Letter of concern to the government of India with regard to the government's position on the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and Proposed Environmental and Social Framework
- Press Release: Indigenous peoples raise concern over India's position on world bank safeguards
- Indigenous Peoples and National Human Rights Institutions in Asia: Good Practices and Challenges
- Indigenous Peoples Major Group Policy Brief on Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Working Draft
- Asia’s Indigenous Peoples Ramp Up their Engagement with UN Mechanisms and Procedures
- Briefing Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Women to their Lands, Territories and Resources in Asia