Intensify the Defense of Our Rights to Land, Territories and Resources Against Land Grabbing
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has stated, "The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. […] Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations."
Looking at the situation of indigenous peoples in the face of the renewed commitments of Asian States to the achievement of the ends of the UNDRIP, we see the governments’ failure in their obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of indigenous peoples. In Cambodia, at least 45 indigenous communities have to defend their lands and resources from encroachment by economic land concessions (ELCs) and development projects. In Thailand, the increasing demarcation of land for national parks is resulting to the displacement of hill tribe communities regarded as “illegal settlements” although they had been living there for decades. In Malaysia...
The UN General Assembly first marked 9 August as the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in 1994, as part of the first year celebration of the first UN Decade for Indigenous Peoples. For 21 years, the indigenous peoples have been gaining landmark achievements at the global level with the establishments of the establishment of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2000, the appointment of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007, the establishment of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in 2007 and the adoption of the Outcome Document of the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in September 2014. Despite the achievements at the global level, many indigenous peoples in Asia remain subjected to exploitation, systematic discrimination, militarisation, conflicts and untold suffering from the widespread violation of human rights in their respective countries. Thus, the indigenous peoples' organisations across Asia will carry out the following activities to promote and assert their rights, and commemorate the 21st International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
AIPP’s Statement on World’s Day against Trafficking in Persons
As the world observes the World’s Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network wish to point out the unrecognized dimension of indigenous identity as a factor in human trafficking, especially of women and children.
Increasingly, reports of trafficking of indigenous peoples, women and girls, and children all over Asia are coming in in different reports and stories. The US State Department 2015 Report on Trafficking in Persons has flagged the vulnerability to trafficking of about 98,000 men, women and children from ethnic states in Myanmar displaced by conflicts.
Statements of the Asia Indigenous Peoples: Eighth Session of Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Item 3 of the provisional agenda
Follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, including the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism
Delivered by Jennifer Tauli Corpuz, Tebtebba Foundation
20-24 July 2015
Thank you Mr Chairperson,
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus is pleased to provide its comments on this agenda item. In making our comments, we specifically refer to document A/HRC/EMRIP/2015/CRP.2, which is the report of the open-ended meeting of indigenous peoples on the follow-up to the WCIP, held in March 2015, and to document A/70/84, which is the report of the Secretary-General to the UN General Assembly on Progress made in the implementation of the outcome document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
The independent, sustainable lives in the mountains of Thailand’s indigenous peoples’ way of life is now under threat. Commercial farming, national boundaries and ‘modern life’ is compromising and taking away their last remaining link to the earth—the very source of their distinct indigenous identities, culture and dignity. Food security is becoming a serious problem as indigenous peoples are coerced into becoming employees of the international food industry in addition to their other policies related to land use and management, as well as social and political pressure to leave their homelands in search of a ‘better’ life.
This video is a record of two hill tribe communities and how they are being affected alongside commentary from experts in related areas
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