Dear Mr. President,
Greetings from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Network) in Asia.
We express our deep concern, alarm and condemnation on the unabated killings of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. We also express our disappointment and frustration with the Philippine government’s slow and almost non-action towards the killings of indigenous peoples human rights defenders. These acts including the denial of justice are clearly in violation of the international and national human rights obligations of the government. We stand firm in demanding that the government account for the recent spate of political killings of indigenous peoples and ensure that justice shall prevail.
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits resulting from the implementation of REDD+ Activities
The Nineteenth Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) recognized the importance of incentivizing Non-Carbon Benefits for the long-term sustainability of the implementation of REDD+ activities . This decision has long-term implications for indigenous peoples in Asia especially in relation to the recognition and exercise of their collective rights over their forests.
Asia’s Indigenous Peoples strengthen engagements with the United Nations and solidarity with the Ayta people of central Philippines
Tarlac, Philippines—Forty-sevenindigenous peoples representatives and experts from 12 different countries in Asia converged in the Philippines for the annual Asia Preparatory Meeting on UN Mechanisms and Procedures Relating to Indigenous Peoples from March 12-14, 2014, inTarlac City, TarlacProvince in Central Luzon, Philippines.
According to Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga KatutubongMamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and host of the international activity, "The continuing violations of our collective rights through development aggression, land grabbing, militarization, among others, are common issues to indigenous peoples across Asia. Indigenous peoples delegates would carry these issues to the UN and urge states to undertake concrete and immediate actions to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Peoples in the ASEAN, are estimated to be more than 100 million people. They are present in nine (9) countries, belong to over 1000 different groups, and sometimes referred to as ethnic nationalities, ethnic minorities, Orang Asli/Orang Asal, Hilltribes, and MasyarakatAdat and others.They are the embodiment of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the ASEAN which is celebrated in the promotional brochures of ASEAN member-states. However, the indigenous peoples in Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, disproportionately suffer from multiple forms of discrimination and oppression based on their ethnicity, race, location and economic status, rendering them part of the poorest of the poor, most politically dis-empowered, and culturally and socially discriminated.
Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Forest Management in Mekong Countries
Indigenous women view forests as a common wealth of all, within which individual families may use and manage portions of the forest for their needs. All members of the community can enjoy the benefits of forest products in accordance with the customs or rules set by the community. Particular customary laws and practices are applied in managing, protecting and improving forest resources such as in the cultivation of land, identification of forest zones, and proper use and collection of forest products. Classification of forests is particularly important in designating and protecting critical areas that are off-limits to exploitation. Indigenous women play a very significant role in sustainable forest management and conservation as seen in the important tasks they perform to support their family and the community.
- Letter of concern on the extrajudicial killings of IPs in the Philippines
- Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Submission on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits resulting from the implementation of REDD+ Activities
- Asia’s Indigenous Peoples strengthen engagements with the United Nations and solidarity with the Ayta people of central Philippines
- Statement of Indigenous Peoples in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum
- Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Forest Management in Mekong Countries
- Letter to President of the Human Rights Council on Selection process for the Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from Asia-Pacific States
- Statement from the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus