On October 30th, more than 30 women from the countries of the Mekong Region gathered in Mae Sa Mai Village, Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The indigenous women were activists, leaders, and human rights defenders, who had come together in Chiang Mai for the 2nd Regional Exchange Programme titled ‘Building and Strengthening Indigenous Women’s Network in the Mekong Region’ which was supported by Oxfam Novib.
This report is a summary of national reports of indigenous peoples from 12 countries in Asia and the results of the regional preparatory meeting of Asia indigenous peoples for the 21st session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21). This regional preparatory meeting which was organised by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on September 16-18 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand was participated by 30 selected indigenous peoples' representatives coming from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Lao PDR, Taiwan/China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam including representatives of regional networks of indigenous women, indigenous youth and indigenous persons with disabilities.
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
With many of the world’s bauxite mines, and the rivers used to generate power for its processing, located in or near indigenous peoples’ territories, the aluminium industry needs to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples are respected and protected, as outlined in the UN Declaration of on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, said the authors, who are participating in the UN Business and Human Rights Forum taking place here from 16-18 November.
AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
23 October 2015 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has called for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in its comments on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples.
Elaborated by AIPP, CADPI, IITC &Tebtebba
The global goals and targets for sustainable development have been adopted but indicators are still being formulated. Indicators define what will be measured, and thus how the goals and targets will be implemented. In this position paper Indigenous peoples point at some of their most central concerns on indicators, implementation and monitoring of the 2030 development agenda.
This Paper is elaborated by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Centro para la Autonomía y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indígenas,International Indian Treaty Council and Tebtebba Foundation, with the support of Danish Institute for Human Rights, Forest Peoples Programme and International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Download the position paper from here
PHILIPPINES: Indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia call for immediate end to continued killings and abuses of Lumads in Mindanao
20 October 2015 – More than seventy indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia are calling for an end to the continued killings of and other abuses against Lumads in Mindanao in their joint letter of appeal letter to President Benigno Aquino III after another Lumad leader was killed last September. These organizations also call for an independent and transparent investigation on the roles and accountability of both the paramilitary forces and the Philippine Army in the violence against the Lumads who are the indigenous peoples of southern Philippines in the island of Mindanao.
Land Rights Now! : The International Land Coalition’s Asia Regional Assembly marks the beginning of a new phase of action plan for just, equitable and inclusive land rights
On October 6th 2015, more than 80 representatives from the 40 Asia members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and other land governance advocates gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and developed a regional work plan in implementing the first phase of the ILC 6-year global strategy. This plan puts into action the collaborative implementation of the 10 commitments of ILC on land governance in the context of Asia which include secure land tenure for farmers and local communities, territorial land rights for indigenous peoples, equal land rights for women with 3 key strategies of connect, mobilize and influence. Mr. Mike Taylor, the Executive Director of the ILC global secretariat stated that collaboration will be key to the diversity across our network in achieving our goals as he encouraged the ILC members to work together.
- Indigenous Women of the Mekong: Strengthening the Platform for a Regional Network in 2018
- Asia Report on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples for COP21
- Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples’ rights
- AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
- Indigenous Peoples Major Group Position Paper on Proposed SDG Indicators
- PHILIPPINES: Indigenous peoples’ organizations across Asia call for immediate end to continued killings and abuses of Lumads in Mindanao
- Land Rights Now! : The International Land Coalition’s Asia Regional Assembly marks the beginning of a new phase of action plan for just, equitable and inclusive land rights