The story of Pipoy and Bandam: The aspirations of Lumad children for a free and Lumad-relevant education
This documentary presents the experiences of Lumad children living in communities that are under attack due to resistance against militarization and resource extraction activities such as foreign large-scale mining, plantation and the like. Pipoy and Bandam represent the aspirations of Lumad children whose dreams include acquiring a free and Lumad-relevant education that is constantly put on hold by the ongoing attacks against their school, their teachers, and the whole community.
24 January 2016 - Civil society organizations around the world, in a petition today, condemned the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, and called for dropping all the charges against her immediately.
The organizations affirmed that the targeted prosecution of Lasimbang, among other rights activists, is indicative of closing space for civil society in Malaysia and urged the Government to put an end to it in order to uphold values of democracy and human rights. More than two hundred organizations have signed on to the petition sent to the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and other authorities.
The non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to their ancestral lands in the Philippines remains to be their core problem. The laws and policies promulgated by the Philippine government, especially those that pertain to the use and ownership of lands, deprive the indigenous peoples the right to manage, own, control and utilise their territories and resources found therein. The government’s economic policies of liberalisation, privatisation, and deregulation facilitate the massive encroachment and influx of various extractive industries into indigenous peoples’ ancestral territories which undermine indigenous peoples’ right to self- determination.
In 2015, with the support of Oxfam, AIPP conducted an investigation into the status of trafficking of indigenous women in the Mekong region. The results served as a preliminary analysis of current government and non-government policies and the responses of the affected communities. The study engaged the perspectives of 15 respondents; from community members and civil society representatives working in the field, as well as indigenous women survivors of trafficking. This Briefing Paper introduces the root causes of human trafficking among IW in the region, including low levels of education, sparse economic opportunity, and the prevalence of undocumented status have been cited as causes of suspicious migration patterns across countries bordering the Mekong. The results highlight the complex obstacles faced by IW in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, parts of China and Vietnam, that often go overlooked in practitioner briefings and academic literature.
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Thirteen countries in Asia are preparing to get ready for REDD+. While these countries are moving ahead with REDD+ preparation, the awareness raising and capacity building of rights holders and their organizations for policy advocacy is very important. In this context, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), with the support of the UN-REDD Programme, joined hands with its local organizations to promote closer collaboration and cooperation amongst indigenous peoples, and with the UN-REDD Programme and government agencies implementing REDD+ in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Human Rights Day 2015: States must act on their commitments to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
10 December 2015 – This Human Rights Day, AIPP joins the global yearlong campaign “Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always.” for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).[i] AIPP strives to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants, alongside the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), among indigenous peoples in Asia and other stakeholders and more importantly, calls on the States to ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Though notable progress has been made, violations of those rights of indigenous peoples continue unabated. Those violations occur mostly as a result of continuing non-recognition by States of indigenous peoples as distinct peoples with rights over their lands, territories and resources and to free, prior and informed consent, traditional livelihoods and self-determination.
The ASEAN Community aimed to be achieved by end 2015 has already has been declared established as of 22 November 2015 by ASEAN Leaders at their 27th Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Its roadmap for the next ten years is called "ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together". ASEAN 2025 promises that the human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity of its peoples, and social justice will be promoted and protected, among a long list of promises. It also promises "greater prosperity through increased economic opportunities, enhanced regional connectivity, ease of intra-ASEAN travel and doing business as well as a resilient regional economy". Unfortunately, for many indigenous peoples, even before this ASEAN Community, their human rights and fundamental freedoms have already been severely violated and they have been left behind and even sacrificed for what is called 'greater prosperity'. This publication strives to present the perception of indigenous peoples on the ASEAN Community, especially its integration aspects.
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- The story of Pipoy and Bandam: The aspirations of Lumad children for a free and Lumad-relevant education
- Malaysia: Stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang immediately
- Voices of indigenous women human rights defenders from the Philippines
- Indigenous Women and Human Trafficking in the Mekong Region: Policy Overview and Community Response
- Regional Report of the Partnership between Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the UN-REDD Programme
- Human Rights Day 2015: States must act on their commitments to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples
- Indigenous Peoples and ASEAN Integration