"An Organization of Indigenous Peoples' Movement in Asia"
View this email in your browser

[New Comic book] The right to Self-determination and Development of Indigenous Peoples


The world is becoming crowded, and there is a scramble for resources in the name of  "sustainable development”. Pressure is being put upon indigenous peoples and on their  land  and resources that they have inherited from their ancestors and  are obliged to  pass it on to the next generation for their collective survival. This comic provides a simplified overview of the problems faced by indigenous peoples, their rights and their contributions to sustainable development based on their distinct lifestyles and values. 


Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples’ grievances on land disputes

Published On Saturday, August 23, 2014
Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples’ land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president

Philippines: Three indigenous peoples killed in a week
Published On Thursday, August 21, 2014
“Even with the capture of notorious Gen. Jovito Palparan recently, his butcher mentality and his bloody human rights record have been well-entrenched in the AFP’s bureaucracy and is carried on by no less than his protégé, Gen. Ricardo Visaya. The continuing Palparan-like killings and tactics is proof of that.” – Jomorito Goaynon, chair of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization

Malaysia: Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Not Consent Malaysian Dam
Published On Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A newly released fact-finding report reveals systematic human rights violations are being committed against the indigenous peoples of Sarawak by the proponents of the proposed Baram Dam in Malaysia. According to the report, the Malaysian power supplier Sarawak Energy and the Sarawak government are perpetrating violations of indigenous people’s rights to information, participation, self-determination, ancestral lands and free, prior and informed consent as guaranteed under the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Malaysia: Into its 300th day, villagers vow to continue Baram blockade
Published On Friday, August 22, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Aug 18 marked the 300th day of the blockade mounted by villagers living near the Baram Dam in Sarawak and the opponents of the dam pledged that the blockade would continue until their demands are met. They want the project stopped. A forum organised by Save Rivers Sarawak at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here in conjunction with the 300th day of the blockade learned that it was first started by 14 villagers from the affected communities. Their numbers had swelled to several hundred now with them taking turns to man the blockade.


Philippines: Press statement – BS Aquino’s counterinsurgency Oplan Bayanihan targets indigenous peoples

The Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) strongly condemns the most recent cases of human rights violations (HRVs) against the indigenous peoples (IPs), demands justice for all the victims of HRVs and call for the end of the BS Aquino's counter-insurgency Operational Plan ...

Philippines: Arrested IP leader says he is ‘not in hiding, not guilty’

“I even attended this press conference and I am active most recently in relief missions for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan),” said Genasque Enriquez. Tribal leader Genasque Enriquez, Katribu Party-list’s second nominee, calls on the Aquino government to stop the continued intrusion ...

Philippines: Press release – CPA supports Tinoc move to retract MOA with Quadriver

"Nasaor, saan mi naawatan ken naapura kami iti panagpirma mi iti MOA. (We were deceived, we did not understand and we were rushed in signing the MOA)" - Teofilo Wenhay, Barangay Captain of Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao. The Cordillera Peoples Alliance supports the decision of the indigenous ...

India: Tribals’ Protest Rally against Decision on Bauxite Mining

File photo of the Bauxite reserves at Darakonda in Araku in Visakhapatnam agency VISAKHAPATNAM: The tribals of Agency areas in the district have launched a massive protest against the Telugu Desam government’s decision on the bauxite reserves. Thousands of tribals from various villages in GK Veedhi ...

Malaysia: Challenges ahead in schooling indigenous voters on election bribes and threats

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 — At the 13th general election last year, many of the complaints received from the 150 election observers throughout Sabah centred on illegalities like bribes and the threat to cut off basic amenities if constituents did not vote a certain way. ...

Bangladesh: Torture, rape of indigenous woman leader spark protest

Indigenous people brought out a procession in Chapainawabganj town yesterday, demanding immediate arrest of those who beat up and raped an indigenous woman leader in Gomostapur upazila of the district on Monday. PHOTO: STAR Indigenous people brought out a procession in Chapainawabganj town yesterday, demanding immediate ...

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
Research and Communication Development Programme

Our mailing address is:
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
108, Moo 5, T. Sanpranate, A. Sansai,
Chiang Mai, 50210