Prayer of the Last Forest Guardians

Originally posted by WALHI Kalimantan Tengah on August 10, 2018.
Written by Ayu Kusuma.

Indigenous people have been living under the threat of losing the forests. However, just like a burning fire, the fighting spirit of these people never dies. The tradition on living up the traditional practices and rituals provides infinite source of strength and courage.

A Dayak Tomunt woman was filling the offerings inside anca during the ritual. Photo by Ramiasi Novita (Dayak Voices).

That Saturday afternoon, 7th of July, the village street at Kubung Village, Delang Sub-District, Lamandau Regency, Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, looked a little crowded than usual. Four elders wearing the traditional head-wrapped hat descended down from Rumah Betang (Dayak long house) while holding anca.

Anca is an offering place made from bamboo. It is divided into two parts, the pole and the container at the top. The bamboo used as anca have been specially chosen and cut down through a ritual on the day before. In that ritual led by Mantir Adat (traditional leader), they also cut bamboo for cooking lemang (glutinous rice) and nasi kuning (yellow rice).

Some groups of people followed Mantir Adat heading to different directions. Their destinations were Mencara River, Batu Batongkat Hill, village territory border, and Sandung (a place where bones of the ancestors were buried).

Even though there were four different locations for placing anca, Mencara River was the main location of the ritual. For on the bank of Mencara River, the first staked pole of Kubung Village was located. Despite covered in moss, the pole still stood firm. About 30 cm from the left side of the pole, anca bamboo was placed.

After anca was staked, the women filled anca’s basket-like container with offerings, such as grilled pig and chicken, grilled pig and chicken heads, lemang, and nasi kuning. The elders also staked a short bamboo which tip was burnt and emitting smoke on the ground below anca. A handful of white rice was spread before spiling tuak (traditional alcoholic drink) from a bamboo. After that, the people took turns to drink the remaining tuak.

The ritual process was carried out while the elders were enchanting prayers in Dayak Tomunt language. And the people would occasionally reply the prayers. This ritual was the climax of the entire traditional ritual named Babantan Laman held by Dayak Tomunt who live in Kubung Village. This Babantan Laman ritual was held for two days since Friday.

Babantan Laman is an annual traditional ritual to celebrate New Year by cleaning the village (laman) from any kind of negativities. Babantan Laman is also a form of gratitude towards Sangiang (The Deity), ancestors, and the mother earth for the good they have bestowed with. It also shows hope of grace, protection, security, and safety for the next year. It is however, not only meant for Kubung people alone, but for all people around the world. Prayers will be kept being enchanted during the entire ritual that requires the elders to fast from eating.

Any kinds of prayer asking for goodness and refusing badness are besought. Not to mention the one asking for unity of the people. Since Kubung community still live in a commune. They work together in taking their daily activities, and especially ritual practices. This harmony among the people does not only protect the people, but also the forest where they come from, grow, learn, and work.

Dayak Tomunt people in Kubung village have hereditarily been living by managing the products of forest resources. Many forms of activity are taken place in the forest, such as farming, honey, vegetables, traditional herbs/medicines and fruits gathering, rubber tapping, and of course ritual practices. The people’s dependency on the forest demands them to make sure that the forest will always be available. This eventually has designed the behaviors and traditions of the people in carrying out their lives according to the forest preservation practices.

The environmental-friendly way of living practiced by the people has caused the people not to act spoiled even though they live very close to the forest. Similar to other indigenous communities, they will only take what they need as much as they needed from the forest. It can be confirmed by looking at how beautiful the forest is without any significant disturbances. That is why the forest is also claimed as one of the last forests in Indonesia. Therefore, probably without anyone realizing, this indigenous community in Kubung Village has taken a huge role in maintaining a suitable life for all living creatures in this earth.

Although, being one of the last forests and a life support for the people does not make Kubung forest secured from the possibilities of being destructed. In the early 2015, a HTI (logging and industrial timber plantation) permit was given by the government of West Kalimantan Province on that indigenous peoples’ land. The area that was reached over 8000 hectares is administratively a part of West Kalimantan’s territory.

In mid-2015, the company was ready to begin working on that area. The entrance way to the operation location was already opened and heavy equipments were able to enter. Knowing there was a foreign activity in their managing area, the people immediately held a community meeting. Then, they collectively agreed to stop the company’s activity on their land. After successfully driving out the company’s workers from their land by coming together to the location and boldly asking the workers to leave, the people sealed the area.

But, the effort of these indigenous peoples from Kubung Village to ensure they can protect their land did not stop there. They also visited the company camp to meet the head of the operation. The people firmly stated that they reject any forms of activities on their land. Even though there was no one from the company who were willing to say they were responsible for the company’s activity on that land, up until now the company has never tried to start any activities on the indigenous peoples’ land in Kubung.

These steps taken by Dayak Tomunt peoples reflect people’s awareness and knowledge about their rights. These people realized they must defend the forest that supports their lives. They also understood very well that they must maintain the existence of protected and sustainable forest as a legacy to the next generations.

We cannot deny this key in building people’s awareness came from their knowledge on the importance of sustainable forest. And the traditional rituals that have been hereditarily carried out by the people also created unity among the people. The belief of the strength in the connection with Sangiang, ancestors, and the ancient warriors becomes the fundamental source of indigenous peoples’ power.

That fact is in accordance with what Mantir Adat of Dayak Tomunt, Tirbong, stating, “We get the answers of our prayers from the rituals. If we could not perform the rituals any longer, we would not only lose our traditions, but also our hopes.”

The challenges that Kubung community will face in the future, if not all indigenous peoples, are related to the government’s regulations, which have not yet showed support to the community’s activities in protecting the forest. Even so often, the regulations only provide benefits for the companies. It goes without saying that for indigenous peoples like the Kubung community, losing the forest means losing the life sources. Losing the life sources equals to death. Nothing will remain for the future of their children and grandchildren, not to mention the loss of their traditions rooted from the forest and their freedom.

It is probably not exaggerated to say that when we destroy a forest; we also destroy the whole community that depends on that forest. As the prayer chanted by the people in Kubung Village that afternoon, “We pray for our forest not to be disturbed, nor destroyed. For the forest is our mother.” A prayer that is full of hope and love for the sustainable earth.

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The Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia/ Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI) – Central Kalimantan is a forum of non-government and community-based organisations in Indonesia. It stands for social transformation, peoples sovereignty, and sustainability of life and livelihoods. WALHI works to defend Indonesia’s natural world and local communities from injustice carried out in the name of economic development.

Our Rivers, Our Lives: The Ayta of Pampanga and Tarlac and their Struggle against Quarries and Destructive Dams

Originally posted by TFIP on MARCH 14, 2018
written by Angelica Campo and photos by Myra Dela Cruz

 

In line with the commemoration of International Day of Action for Rivers on 14 March 2018, the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) presents two emerging success stories of Ayta communities struggling to defend their rights in Pampanga and Tarlac.

Left with no choice

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” What Heraclitus said eons ago, holds true for Ilog Pasig in Sitio Pidpid, Barangay Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga.

On 30 January 2018, the Magantsi and Magindi tribes of the Ayta indigenous peoples bravely put a stoppage on the operation of three companies namely Clarete Vibro Sand Processing Company, T.A.G. Mineral Resources Incorporated, and Powerzun Quarrying and Trading Incorporated (now known as SANDGLO). Ayta men and women have blocked the trucks that were taking away sand and stones from their ancestral domain. They eventually set up a barricade to ensure that no quarry personnel or equipment could get in and out of the premises while the operation is on hold.

The Ayta community was motivated by the deliberate disrespect of their collective rights as indigenous peoples and the growing number of water-related sickness among their children. They observed that due to massive excavation, the river got deeper, with less water flow, and is unsafe for them to drink. They have reported incidents of smelling diesel in the water they got from the existing springs. They believe that chemicals from the trucks and heavy equipment are being disposed indiscriminately on the surface and thus flow to the underground water systems.

“Honor and respect our right to ancestral land which is cited in the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) according to the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) 8371 Series of 1997.”

The Ayta leaders explained that the environment is an integral part of their history, culture, and identity. They take pride in being able to share their lands and natural resources with others but the companies went beyond the areas designated for quarrying. The water systems were rerouted and as a result, they are now having trouble producing crops on their upland farms and the usual drinking water is contaminated.

Paved paradise

Just recently, members of the Abelling tribe operating the excavation equipment in the Balog-Balog multi-purpose dam site staged a protest concerning their lack of job contract. Despite working for Guangzhi Contractor for eight months now, they do not receive mandatory government benefits like SSS, Pag-ibig, Philhealth. The project supervisor also deducts a P150 kickback from their meager salary. They complain of not being able to secure their post as the Chinese contractor is free to randomly fire employees anytime. This has come to the attention of indigenous peoples’ support groups and the local media. However, when CLTV36, together with peoples’ organizations and advocates, tried to do visit and conduct interviews, they were refused entry to the dam site.

After failed negotiations with the Chinese engineers who were onsite, project engineer Eduardo Corsiga explained that they need a copy of the request letter approved by the provincial and municipal unit. He confirmed that everything, from FPIC process, human resource management, construction of the dam and relocation site for affected residents, disaster risk management, capacity-building and livelihood trainings, and several other processes are under the supervision of National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Discussions with affected non-IP community members revealed that the tenants who live and work in the supposed relocation site are being forced to leave without any relocation. There were problems with the actual payment of damages. The memorandum of agreement stated that the families would be given P300, 000 as reparation for the residential lot but none of them were ever paid in full at the time of the visit. There were also issues with how the farm lots are compensated. Most residents do not know that they are entitled to series of payment schemes depending on the size and classification of their lands, whether pastureland, irrigated, or upland farm. Some were even advised that they will only receive a fixed amount since they do not have land titles.

It was observed that the presence of the third mechanized brigade of the military had forced some IP community members to sign the documents granting NIA access to their ancestral domain. Despite the rejection by some Abelling families, they were persuaded to inhabit the houses that were admittedly unsafe, without water source, and have defective drainage system. After a week or so, they returned to their original dwellings.

The tribe members residing on the other side of the mountain fear that they would also be dislocated if the affected communities insist on living upland with them. There are no forests that they could go back to or share since a large portion of their ancestral land is already bulldozed. Together with tenant farmers, the Ayta of Tarlac are resisting the community displacement and the completion of the Balog-Balog mega dam project.

Even with the adoption of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and enactment of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA), indigenous peoples in the Philippines continuously experience historical discrimination, massive land grabbing, and food insecurity due to worsening climate change impact. IP communities are being constantly threatened with mining activities, energy projects, and construction of large infrastructures that do not directly benefit the people. This situation pushes the Ayta and other indigenous peoples to resist. Together, they stand with a call clear as their rivers: “These resources are ours. We should protect them.”

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The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) is a network of non-governmental organizations in the Philippines advancing the cause of indigenous peoples (IPs) rights. TFIP envisions a society that promotes and defends indigenous peoples’ rights and upholds their self-determined development.
 

Chico Once More: Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highlands

The Rice Terraces of Banaue, Ifugao in North Philippines. Photo by Jiten Yumnam.

“When you run, gold will gather in your feet”

Traversing along the rugged, pothole filled, steep and slippery mountainous roads towards Camandag Barangay in Ifugao in mid July 2018 revealed mesmerizing landscapes of the Cordillera in North Philippines, fringed by lush forest greeneries, mystic bluish mountains and lofty clouds. The mountainous landscape and biodiversity in akin with terrains of Manipur in India’s North East. The Cordillera with 1.7 million people is blessed with opulent biodiversity and natural resources. Tribes like Bontoc, Kankanaeys collectively known as Igorot people, were able to maintain their distinctive cultures despite Spanish colonization, due to their affinity with land. “When you run in the Cordilleras, gold dust gather in your feet”, an Igorot elder exclaimed, during an interaction in Camandag village, signifying the abundance of the land. Indeed, most of gold and copper in the Philippines is extracted from the region.

“Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China”

The Cordillera region for long has been exposed to the neoliberal policies of the Philippines, leading to intrusion of multinational companies and increased financing from international financial institutions (IFIs) like Asian Development Bank, World Bank and countries like Japan and China, targeting its land and resources. Of late, the overwhelming financing from China in the Philippines including in the Cordilleras impelled considerable debate. Indeed, the Philippines government signed three loan agreements on economic and infrastructure cooperation with China during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in November 2017. The loan agreements cover the $234.92-million New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam project and the $72.49 million for the Chico River irrigation project over Chico River in Cordillera. On 12 July, 2018, banners welcoming visitors to the Philippines as a “Province of China” were seen hanging on footbridges in Metro Manila on the second anniversary of The Hague’s ruling on 12 July 2016 invalidating China’s claim to South China Sea. The incident exposed how Philippines is being increasingly influenced economically and militarily by China and become subservient to the domination of neoliberal forces for its economic and political survival.

“Build, Build, Build”

The Philippines including the Cordillera region is subjected to massive infrastructure projects as Government reinforces it neoliberal development processes. The Philippine and Chinese Governments have signed the Peso 3.135 billion loan agreement for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, the first flagship infrastructure project to be financed by China under the “Build, Build, Build” program. The National Irrigation Administration and China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd. announced the signing of the P4.37 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in March 2018. The World Bank initially planned to find the project, but abandoned due to massive protest by Igorot people, who revered the Chico River, as “river of life” The project will displace at least 100,000 people and submerge their land.

The “Build, Build, Build” vision of the Philippines Government led to aggressive push for infrastructure projects, extractive industries, hydro power and other energy projects, targeting of indigenous peoples’ land and resources. Cordillera possesses 25% of watershed areas of the Philippines and new hydel projects are extensively planned over almost all Rivers in Ifugao, Kalinga and other provinces. The Philippines’ Renewable Energy Act of 2008, the first comprehensive legislation on renewable energy in Southeast Asia, likewise aims to increase the country’s power generation from renewable energy by three times, approximately 16,200 MW by 2030 . At least nine dams are planned over the Chico River and several of its tributaries in Kalinga. The Department of Energy (DOE) has been fast tracking approval of renewable energies, primarily hydel projects. In Camandag village, villagers’ rejected the plan for hydel project in their village, fearing it will submerge their land, forest and livelihood sources.

Developer SN Aboitiz Power-Ifugao is preparing to construct the 390 MW Alimit hydropower project in Cordillera. The SNAP Group, a joint venture of Norway’s SN Power and Aboitiz Power Corp., applied with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in March 2014 to complete the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process stipulated under the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA), 1997. The Aguinaldo, Lagawe, Lamut and Mayoyao communities will be affected by the dam . The DoE is also planning to construct the 11 MW Tinoc II Mini Hydroelectric Power Plant project at the Tinoc River in Ifugao with the Quad River Energy Corporation, a joint venture of AC Energy Holdings Inc. and Sta. Clara Power Corporation as project proponent. In Kalinga, the DoE has approved the Renewable Energy Service Contracts (RESCs) of 15-megawatt Upper Tabuk Hydro Power Project in Sitio Saranggani of Barangay Dupag proposed over the Tanudan River. The Kalinga Hydropower, Inc. (KHI), which is the project proponent of Tanudan dam misinformed affected communities and undermined their traditional decision-making processes while also causing social division.

Geothermal Energy development is another focus of the corporate bodies and the Government of Philippines to exploit the hot springs in Cordillera. In 2010, US based Chevron entered into a joint venture with APC Group Inc., a subsidiary of SM Group, and Guidance Management Corp., to explore, develop and operate the Kalinga geothermal prospect covering 25,682 hectares. APC, that invested $300 million to set up a 100 MW geothermal plant, targets to generate 300 MW in the long run . In Kalinga, Chevron is failed to take consent of Dananao and Uma tribes. The two others, one to be put up in Mainit, Mountain Province and in Daclan, Bokod in Benguet cover approximately 76,000 hectares. In Chevron’s Kalinga project, the NCIP ignored community objections to the project, while causing social divisions and conflict. Air and chemical pollution, drying of hot springs and geysers in the surrounding area, toxic waste water entering clean aquifers due to lowering of water table, violent explosions, accidents killing workers are others concerns with such plants. Terrible noise is caused by geothermal plants during drilling and operation, often reaching above the pain threshold of 120 decibels.

Mining of minerals has long been a controversy in Cordillera with affected communities resisting mining operations. Mining companies, including Philex Mining Corp, Lepanto Mines, Benguet Corporation mined copper, silver and gold in several provinces of Cordillera. Policies on mining and other extractives, plantations, and other exploitation of land and natural resources continue to trample indigenous peoples’ rights and encroaching upon their ancestral domains. Mining destroys and contaminate indigenous peoples land and territories. Militarization and human rights violations goes along with operation of mining, setting up geothermal energy plants and in constructing dams in CAR.

There is clear cut violation of Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, 1995 in pursuit of such aggressive development. The non-recognition and violation of Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to their ancestral domain is perpetrated through regalia doctrine, forestry code, Philippines Mining Act etc. The non-recognition of IPs socio political system, manipulation of FPIC under IPRA law, institutionalized discrimination through religious, media and educational institutions also facilitated violation of IP rights.

The aggressive nature, the massive infrastructure focus, the involvement of multinational companies, the financing by IFIs in the Cordillera and militarization is much similar to the intense push for oil exploration, mining, plans to build multiple dams all over the Rivers of Manipur. The Barak River and Manipur River system are now subjected to plans to build around fifteen dams, including the 1500 MW Tipaimukh dam, the 190 MW Pabram Dam, the 66 MW Loktak Downstream Project, the 50 MW Irang dam etc. The Jubilant Energy Private Ltd, the Oil India Limited is conducting forceful surveys to drill oil and gas. Massive infrastructure projects like Trans Asian Railway and Roads are also pursued, to facilitate dam building, mining, oil exploration etc in Manipur as part of India’s Act East Policy.

 

The Igorot people of Cordilleras practiced such sustainable farming with superb land, forest & water management with their traditional practices for millennia. Photo by Jiten Yumnam.

“Full Blooded Ifugao”

The aggressive development push in Cordillera involves extensive scale of violation of indigenous peoples’ rights over their land and primarily their right to free, prior and informed consent. Villagers of Huhlukan Barangay in Ifugao complaint the real FPIC process prescribed by NCIP was not followed for proposed hydel projects as information was denied to them by Santa Clara Company for the dam proposed in Tinoc. Villagers are rather misinformed that villagers will have roads, electricity, and employment with the dam construction.

The Field Based Investigation conducted by NCIP for FPIC for dam building in Huhlukan, Binablayan led controversy and violence. Based on notification by DoE, NCIP conducted field based investigation (FBI), targeting only selected villagers of community supporting the project. In Huhlukan village, the FBI is referred to as “Full Blooded Ifugao”, indicating the threats, violence, bloodshed, associated with dam building and the FPIC process, which also involves the murder of Ricardo Mayumi for rejecting the dam and the manipulative FPIC process. Already blood have spilled in the Ifugao during the field based investigation and FPIC process for building a hydel project.

“Flatten the Hills”

Indigenous peoples’ effort for defense of their land, lives and future is often perceived as anti-development and leveled as terrorists, and often responded militarily with direct attacks. Direct military operations, such as Oplan Bayanihan, Oplan Bantay Laya, with the tacit military support of US, have led to series of human rights violations on communities in various parts of Cordillera, in Ifugao, Kalinga and Abra provinces. Military atrocities and violations have been reported in Abra and in Nalapunan, where the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bombed civilian areas. Forest areas of Gubang and Malacato communities in Bangillo were set on fire due to bombing.

The direction of the president of Philippines in early 2017 to “flatten the hills with bombs”, have led to intensification of aerial bombing in Mindanao and in Cordillera highlands, with severe repercussions, viz, displacement, killings, destruction of environment within indigenous communities . Militarization is an entrenched reality among indigenous communities employed by the Government to counter the liberation movement of New People’s Army and to support corporate bodies to exploit the land and natural resources, like dam building in Camandag village and Halludan village in Ifugao province, gold mining, and geothermal plants in Kalinga. During military clash between the armed forces and liberation groups, civilians are harassed and villagers could not also go to their farms. Military occupation in schools is widespread and youths are subjected to search, verifications and other harassment. Soldiers also indulged in rape and sexual abuse of indigenous women. AFP personnel also forced villagers to sign papers to desist hosting NPA. The AFP officials also indulged in violations of customary laws such as forcing villagers to sell liquor in villages where liquor is prohibited. There are reports of military interference in resolving inter-tribal conflict in Kalinga province.

Similarly in Manipur, the promulgation of the infamous Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 not only derogated the fundamental right, “right to life”, but also conferred immunity to the Indian armed forces operating in Manipur to subdue indigenous self-determination but also to facilitate the plunder of land through dam building, mining, oil exploration, road and railways building with IFI financing. The pattern of perpetuation of extreme forms of violence and persisting culture of impunity is much similar.

The enchanting land & the rivers of Cordillera in North Philippines. Photo by Jiten Yumnam.

Gray-May, June-Gloom, No Sky-July

Indigenous leaders and organizations are subjected to harassment, surveillance and attacks by Philippines National Police (PNP) and AFP for defending peoples’ rights over their land. Officials of Ifugao Peoples Movement (IPM) and CPA Ifugao chapter are threatened with trumped up charges, surveillances and death threats using social media. In 2015, ten members of the IPM, including Mayumi, have received death threats using the picture of ‘Gamong’, the Ifugao fabric used for the dead with words inscribed, “Gray-May, June-Gloom, No Sky-July”. On 2 March 2018, Ricardo Mayumi, an IPM member in Tinoc, Ifugao, who also received the ‘Gamong’, was murdered in Kiangan town . Mayumi opposed the Quad River mini hydro projects in Tinoc town in Ifugao. William Bugatti was earlier gunned down after attending a court hearing on 25 March 2014. The filing of trumped up charges against seven indigenous leaders of Cordillera in early 2018, among the list of 600 activists across the Philippines, led to international condemnations. Five women were also arbitrarily arrested in July 2017.

The prevalence of culture of impunity, systematic denial of justice for human rights Violations by PNP and AFP, such as in the case of William Bugatti, is widespread. There is lack or insufficient investigation by law enforcing agencies and concerns abound this lack of investigation is on account of their involvement in these violations. Community leaders who challenged AFP and PNP in judicial processes are subjected to extra judicial execution like Ricardo Mayumi. Investigations often failed to identify and charge perpetrators. Villagers fear filing complaints for fear of reprisal. Even the investigation by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) failed to identify and prosecute perpetrators.

The NCIP and CHR etc are ineffective to address peoples’ rights. Villagers complained the NCIP’s role is more to help corporate bodies with their business, instead of supporting communities’ rights. Lawyers deputed by NCIP even denounced indigenous peoples’ rights over their land during consultations on proposed dam in Tinoc. During aerial bombing by AFP in Abra and human rights violations, the CHR only issued advisory to the warring parties, instead of efforts to stop the violations, The administrative functioning in Cordillera closely resemble a military state, with the military dictating the civilian affairs and silencing voices of dissent and call for democratic spaces, for indigenous peoples rights and justice.

Farming in Binablayan, Ifugao, Cordillera in the Philippines. Photo by Jiten Yumnam.

“This is our land, we lived here, we will die here”

Sustained people’s resistance has prevented dam building companies and mining companies from pursuing their operations and expansion in the Cordillera. The combined legal and political actions of the Bakun communities have delayed Royalco’s exploration for the Gambang Copper-Gold Project. In Benguet province, sustained community barricades have prevented Lepanto and the South African mining company Goldfields from conducting exploration drilling for the Far Southeast Gold Project. In Kalinga province, the Silages tribe opposed mining plan of Lepanto. Kalinga communities affected by hydropower projects registered their opposition to these projects, including the Karayan Dam project. The Naneng, Dallak, and Minanga tribes in their letter to NCIP in the region rejecting the project stated, “… this land is our source of our living and also where we buried our ancestors. …we are afraid that rebellion will arise and blood will be shed” . The effort to build dams is despite the presence of 200 MW Ambuklao, the 1,000 MW San Roque Dam etc. The Cordillera remains one of poorest in the Philippines despite its rich mineral resources and subsequent exploitation by the multinational companies. One has to ride on motor bikes on rugged, narrow and steep road revealing the hardship endured by villagers to avail education, health facilities and to market their agriculture produces.

The serene landscape conceals the manifestation of persisting unresolved armed conflict situation within which indigenous peoples are forced to endure for generations in Cordillera. The people however are much adamant about their rights, land, cultures, traditional and survival of their coming generations. Land is life, land is the livelihood source and they have nurtured with their sweat and blood for generations. Allowing corporations to plunder their land will affect their identity, impoverish them and destroy their future. An elder from Camandag Barangay said, “This is our land, we lived here, we will die here”, highlighting the anger and the spirit of his people to resist all forceful, destructive development process. Another elder from Binablayan said, “Younger generations need to appreciate the importance and value of land and natural resources and strive to protect it for coming generations”.

“Chico once More”

An obvious reality within indigenous peoples land is change, rooted in deepening of State’s oppressive nature, the onslaught and savagery of neoliberal forces, destroying peoples’ land, lives and their future. Across Ifugao, one could perceive realities of how the land, forest, rivers, resources and peoples’ lives are subjected to aggressive efforts for economic and political domination by State and neoliberal forces, relegating communities inhabiting the land for generations to extreme forms of oppression and violence.

However, the aggressive push for unsustainable development and deepening of the involvement of neoliberal forces, such as massive plan for hydropower generation, geothermal plants, mining with tacit support of the Philippines States and its machineries posed enormous challenge for the people of Cordillera to defend their land. The aggressive development onslaught have provoked the Indigenous peoples to recall the struggles and sacrifices of leaders in 1980s and to drew inspiration, build unity and solidarity within communities. The indigenous peoples of Kalinga and Mountain Province successfully opposed the US$ 50 million World Bank-funded Chico River Irrigation Project, also known as the Chico Dams Project, from 1976-1985. The martyrdom of Mcling Dulag in the resistance had long been a source of inspiration to resist imperialist forces and to assert their self-determination over their land.

The unfolding adverse reality is a big challenge for the present generation and leaders in Cordillera. Indigenous peoples assert that the recognition of their right to self-determination, to their ancestral lands, territories and resources, and to free, prior and informed consent, as per provisions of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 will foster meaningful and genuine sustainable development in Cordillera. Forging and deepening solidarity among indigenous peoples is perilous to combat state oppression, offensive and militarism of imperialist forces and in asserting their self-determination and liberation. One recalls the sacrifices of Mcling Dulag while listening to deeds, spirits and efforts of Ricardo Mayumi, during the tribute in his village at Huhlukan, Binablayan. Indeed, community leaders commenced sacrificing themselves. “Chico Once More’, is already the slogan among community leaders, reflecting the resolve to continue the legacy of resistance and struggle of their leaders for their land and rights. Leaders like Mayumi already followed the footsteps of their elders, showing the light to others, with his indomitable spirits, relentless struggles and sacrifices. The legacy of resistance and the sacrifices of leaders, appreciating the sanctity of the land will continue to inspire and guide in all moments of struggles for self-determination and liberation in the Cordillera highlands and far beyond.

 

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Story written by Jiten Yumnam of the Centre for Research and Advocacy – Manipur and International IPMSDL. This article is originally posted in Imphal Free Press.

On the 2018 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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Uphold the Indigenous Peoples Right to Self-Determination!

We, the Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the world, claim this day as ours to celebrate the victories we have collectively fought for and to uphold our strong commitment in the struggle for self-determination and liberation. On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples this August 9, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes all Indigenous Peoples across the globe renewing our resolute commitment to the continuous advancement towards greater victories of our struggle for self-determination, and in defense of our lands, territories, and ways of life.

The economic global crisis spirals, deepens, and worsens as Imperialist domination and quest for superprofits continue. Forests and mountains face immeasurable rate of devastation, most of which are ancestral territories and homes of Indigenous communities that have become plagued with the heightened resource plunder. We are the protectors of our forests and biodiversity and yet we are being deprived of our right to determine our own fate. This has led to the aggravation of the global environmental situation causing massive poverty, hunger, genocidal violence, displacement, and conflict, not only for Indigenous Peoples but also for national minorities and oppressed peoples.

We celebrate this day in light of the several battles we championed against the two major perils we face – the intensifying entry and operations of transnational and multinational corporations (TNCs and MNCs), which plunder our ancestral land and displaces our people, and the ever-worsening human rights violations against IP rights defenders including the repression of our collective actions in defense of our lands and the right to self-determination. The heightened imperialist wars of aggression implemented by the State through an all-out militarization aims to suppress the resistance against massive resource plunder.

Despite these trying times, Indigenous Peoples remain relentless in the struggle for self-determination. The Kichwa People of the Amazon in Ecuador assert their right to self-determination by ousting several oil utilizations from their region and preserving their forest for the benefit of future generations. Amidst being one of the most dangerous places for land and environmental defenders, Indigenous communities with the mass movements of Brazil, Columbia, and in the rest of Latin America continue to expand and gain momentum in strengthening to protect IP rights. The Lumad communities in Mindanao, Philippines, despite constant harassment and intimidation from the state, are ever more determined to fight imperialist plunder and militarization. Indigenous rights defenders in Northeast India remain steadfast in campaigning against multi-million-dollar energy projects and extractive businesses. The Indigenous Peoples in the Mekong subregion are likewise resisting all forms of land-grabbing schemes by various TNCs and local oligarchs. History tells us that intensifying imperialist assaults rouse greater people’s resistance.

As we commemorate this year’s World IP Day, let us raise the struggle for self-determination in the name of total freedom from all forms of oppression and discrimination. Let us defeat the offensives of imperialism in plundering our lands and resources. Let us highlight the struggles of Indigenous Peoples against the genocidal attacks of TNCs and MNCs that continuously pose serious threats to the survival of future generations. Let us link arms in broad solidarity among and between international Indigenous communities, consolidate unity with other oppressed people of the world, and firmly resolve that we shall forward our struggle for liberation and self-determination until victory!

STRUGGLE FOR SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION! DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM!
STOP KILLING IP RIGHTS ACTIVISTS! ACTIVISM IS NOT TERRORISM!
RESIST CORPORATE PLUNDER AND GREED! DEFEND ANCESTRAL LAND!
FIGHT IMPERIALIST WAR OF AGGRESSION!
END MILITARIZATION OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | info@ipmsdl.org

Traducción por DeepL

¡Por el Derecho de los Pueblos Indígenas a la Autodeterminación!

Nosotros, los Pueblos Indígenas del mundo, reivindicamos este día como nuestro para celebrar las victorias por las que hemos luchado colectivamente y para mantener nuestro firme compromiso en la lucha por la libre determinación y la liberación. Con motivo del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo este 9 de agosto, el Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación y la Liberación (IPMSDL, por sus siglas en inglés) saluda a todos los Pueblos Indígenas del mundo renovando nuestro compromiso resuelto con el avance continuo hacia mayores victorias en nuestra lucha por la autodeterminación y en defensa de nuestras tierras, territorios y formas de vida.

La crisis económica mundial se agudiza, profundiza y empeora a medida que continúa la dominación imperialista y la búsqueda de superganancias. Los bosques y las montañas se enfrentan a una tasa inconmensurable de devastación, la mayoría de los cuales son territorios ancestrales y hogares de comunidades indígenas que se han visto asolados por el creciente saqueo de recursos. Somos los protectores de nuestros bosques y de la biodiversidad y, sin embargo, se nos está privando del derecho a decidir nuestro propio destino. Esto ha conducido al agravamiento de la situación del medio ambiente mundial, causando pobreza masiva, hambre, violencia genocida, desplazamiento y conflicto, no sólo para los Pueblos Indígenas sino también para las minorías nacionales y los pueblos oprimidos.

Celebramos este día a la luz de las diversas batallas que defendimos contra los dos principales peligros a los que nos enfrentamos: la intensificación de la entrada y las operaciones de las empresas transnacionales y multinacionales, que saquean nuestras tierras ancestrales y desplazan a nuestro pueblo, y las violaciones cada vez más graves de los derechos humanos contra los defensores de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, incluida la represión de nuestras acciones colectivas en defensa de nuestras tierras y del derecho a la libre determinación. Las guerras de agresión imperialistas intensificadas implementadas por el Estado a través de una militarización total tienen como objetivo suprimir la resistencia contra el saqueo masivo de recursos.

A pesar de estos tiempos difíciles, los Pueblos Indígenas siguen siendo implacables en la lucha por la autodeterminación. El pueblo kichwa de la Amazonía en Ecuador reivindica su derecho a la autodeterminación al expulsar de su región varias utilizaciones de petróleo y preservar sus bosques para el beneficio de las generaciones futuras. En medio de ser uno de los lugares más peligrosos para los defensores de la tierra y el medio ambiente, las comunidades indígenas con los movimientos de masas de Brasil, Colombia y el resto de América Latina continúan expandiéndose y ganando impulso en el fortalecimiento para proteger los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. Las comunidades Lumad en Mindanao, Filipinas, a pesar del constante hostigamiento e intimidación del Estado, están cada vez más decididas a luchar contra el saqueo y la militarización imperialista. Defensores de los derechos de los indígenas en el noreste de la India se mantienen firmes en sus campañas contra proyectos energéticos multimillonarios y empresas extractivas. Los Pueblos Indígenas de la subregión del Mekong también se resisten a toda forma de acaparamiento de tierras por parte de diversas ETN y oligarcas locales. La historia nos dice que la intensificación de los ataques imperialistas despierta una mayor resistencia popular.

Al conmemorar el Día Mundial de los Pueblos Indígenas de este año, planteemos la lucha por la libre determinación en nombre de la total liberación de todas las formas de opresión y discriminación. Derrotemos las ofensivas del imperialismo al saquear nuestras tierras y recursos. Destacamos las luchas de los Pueblos Indígenas contra los ataques genocidas de las STN y las EM que continuamente plantean serias amenazas para la supervivencia de las generaciones futuras. ¡Vinculemos las armas en amplia solidaridad entre las comunidades indígenas internacionales, consolidemos la unidad con otros pueblos oprimidos del mundo y resolvamos firmemente que avanzaremos nuestra lucha por la liberación y la autodeterminación hasta la victoria!

¡LUCHA POR LA AUTODETERMINACIÓN Y LA LIBERACIÓN! ABAJO EL IMPERIALISMO!
¡DEJEN DE MATAR A LOS ACTIVISTAS DE LOS DERECHOS DE LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS!
¡EL ACTIVISMO NO ES TERRORISMO!

¡RESISTIR EL SAQUEO CORPORATIVO Y LA CODICIA! DEFENDER LA TIERRA ANCESTRAL!
¡LUCHA CONTRA LA GUERRA DE AGRESIÓN IMPERIALISTA!
¡ACABAR CON LA MILITARIZACIÓN DE LAS COMUNIDADES INDÍGENAS!

Traduction par DeepL

Défendre le droit des peuples autochtones à l’autodétermination!

Nous, peuples autochtones du monde, revendiquons cette journée comme la nôtre pour célébrer les victoires pour lesquelles nous nous sommes collectivement battus et pour maintenir notre engagement ferme dans la lutte pour l’autodétermination et la libération. À l’occasion de la Journée internationale des peuples autochtones, le 9 août, le Mouvement international des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination et la libération (IPMSDL) salue tous les peuples autochtones à travers le monde, renouvelant ainsi notre engagement résolu à faire progresser notre lutte pour l’autodétermination et à défendre nos terres, nos territoires et nos modes de vie.

La crise économique mondiale s’intensifie, s’approfondit et s’aggrave à mesure que la domination impérialiste et la quête de superprofits se poursuivent. Les forêts et les montagnes sont confrontées à un taux incommensurable de dévastation, dont la plupart sont des territoires ancestraux et des foyers de communautés autochtones qui sont en proie au pillage des ressources. Nous sommes les protecteurs de nos forêts et de la biodiversité et pourtant nous sommes privés de notre droit de déterminer notre propre destin. Cela a conduit à l’aggravation de la situation environnementale mondiale, causant une pauvreté massive, la faim, la violence génocidaire, les déplacements et les conflits, non seulement pour les peuples autochtones, mais aussi pour les minorités nationales et les peuples opprimés.

Nous célébrons cette journée à la lumière des nombreuses batailles que nous avons menées contre les deux principaux périls auxquels nous sommes confrontés – l’intensification de l’entrée et des opérations des sociétés transnationales et multinationales (STN et multinationales), qui pillent nos terres ancestrales et déplacent notre peuple, et les violations toujours plus graves des droits humains contre les défenseurs des droits des peuples autochtones, y compris la répression de nos actions collectives pour la défense de nos terres et le droit à l’autodétermination. L’intensification des guerres impérialistes d’agression mises en œuvre par l’État à travers une militarisation totale vise à supprimer la résistance contre le pillage massif des ressources.

Malgré ces temps difficiles, les peuples autochtones demeurent implacables dans la lutte pour l’autodétermination. Les Kichwa de l’Amazonie équatorienne affirment leur droit à l’autodétermination en évinçant plusieurs utilisations du pétrole de leur région et en préservant leur forêt pour le bénéfice des générations futures. Au milieu d’être l’un des endroits les plus dangereux pour les défenseurs de la terre et de l’environnement, les communautés autochtones avec les mouvements de masse du Brésil, de la Colombie, et dans le reste de l’Amérique latine continuent à se développer et à gagner de l’élan dans le renforcement de la protection des droits des peuples autochtones. Les communautés Lumad de Mindanao, aux Philippines, malgré le harcèlement et l’intimidation constants de l’État, sont de plus en plus déterminées à lutter contre le pillage et la militarisation impérialistes. Les défenseurs des droits des peuples autochtones du nord-est de l’Inde continuent de faire campagne contre des projets énergétiques de plusieurs millions de dollars et des entreprises extractives. Les peuples autochtones de la sous-région du Mékong résistent également à toutes les formes d’accaparement de terres par diverses STN et oligarques locaux. L’histoire nous dit que l’intensification des assauts impérialistes suscite une plus grande résistance populaire.

Alors que nous commémorons cette année la Journée mondiale des peuples autochtones, élevons la lutte pour l’autodétermination au nom de la liberté totale de toute forme d’oppression et de discrimination. Battons-nous contre les offensives de l’impérialisme en pillant nos terres et nos ressources. Soulignons les luttes des peuples autochtones contre les attaques génocidaires des STN et des multinationales qui menacent en permanence la survie des générations futures. Faisons preuve d’une grande solidarité entre les communautés autochtones internationales et entre elles, consolidons l’unité avec les autres peuples opprimés du monde et décidons fermement que nous poursuivrons notre lutte pour la libération et l’autodétermination jusqu’à la victoire !

LUTTE POUR L’AUTODÉTERMINATION ET LA LIBÉRATION ! À BAS L’IMPÉRIALISME !
ARRÊTEZ DE TUER LES MILITANTS DES DROITS DES PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES !
L’ACTIVISME N’EST PAS DU TERRORISME !
RÉSISTEZ AU PILLAGE ET À L’AVIDITÉ DES ENTREPRISES !
DÉFENDRE LES TERRES ANCESTRALES !

COMBATTEZ LA GUERRE D’AGRESSION IMPÉRIALISTE !
METTRE FIN À LA MILITARISATION DES COMMUNAUTÉS AUTOCHTONES !

 

 

PRESS RELEASE | On IP Day: int’l groups demand pullout, accountability of Chinese company in Cambodia

PRESS RELEASE
August 8, 2018

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day:
int’l groups demand pullout, accountability of Chinese company in Cambodia

Two global movements supporting Indigenous Kuoy communities in Cambodia trooped to the embassies of China and Cambodia in Makati City, Philippines on Aug. 8, 2018, a day before the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP), to submit a petition calling for the pullout and accountability of Chinese state-owned enterprise Guangdong Hengfu Group Sugar Industry Co., Ltd.

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), both based in the Philippines, launched the petition early this year to gather the support of the international community in urging the governments of China and Cambodia to act upon the issue. The petition is endorsed by around 350 organizations from different countries, some of which will also spearhead parallel actions in their respective countries on Aug. 9, 2018.

“We express our solidarity to the peasant and indigenous communities in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia who have been struggling for more than five years now to assert their rights over the disputed land. We hope that our global action in commemoration of the IDWIP would put timely pressure to both the governments of China and Cambodia to finally fulfill their mandate in protecting the welfare of the affected people especially the Indigenous Kuoys,” said Beverly Longid, global coordinator of IPMSDL.

According to reports, the Cambodia government granted Hengfu’s five subsidiaries the license over 36,000 hectares of land as economic concession in 2011. As of 2016, 16,000 hectares are already converted into sugarcane plantations. It is claimed to be among the world’s biggest sugar factories.

Ponlok Khmer, a Cambodian NGO and member organization of PCFS, is helping the communities in their struggle against the company.

Longid said the people of Preah Vihear are elevating their concern at the international level because of the lacking response they have earned through local engagements. Since Hengfu encroached the land, thousands of residents in Preah Vihear lost their livelihood and many were displaced. The company even bulldozed ancient structures and artifacts of the indigenous communities, she added.

“It is a shame that the Cambodian Government is denying the people their right to self-determination by opening up ancestral lands to foreign investments at the expense of not only the lives of the individual residents who have long depended on it, but also their collective identity as an Indigenous Peoples. Worse, China easily gets away with it knowing how influential it is to Cambodia economy and politics,” said Longid.

“Prior to our global day of action, the villagers have been actually in communication with different international bodies such as the United Nations for their intervention. They find that Cambodia’s political interests in its relations with China are more decisive when it comes to how land disputes involving Chinese investors are dealt with,” said Roy Anunciacon, PCFS global secretariat coordinator.

“While there are numerous laws and international covenants that provide measures on holding corporate violators accountable, it really takes political will for justice to take place. In Preah Vihear, the people are exercising it,” he added.

Anunciacion also expressed concern on the reported threats and harassment against community leaders in order to suppress the people’s resistance.

“The issue is more than a case of an abusive foreign investor, but of a development framework that only feeds corporate greed. People’s lives are always at stake here,” said Longid.

“We stand with the Preah Vihear people. Likewise, our formations demand to cancel the concession of Hengfu, pull it out of Cambodia, and hold it accountable for all its violations,” Anunciacion said.

The struggle against Hengfu’s landgrabbing in Cambodia is part of the of the global campaigns of IPMSDL and PCFS against land and resource grabs and the defense of ancestral lands. ###

REFERENCES:
Beverly Longid – info@ipmsdl.org
Roy Anunciacion – secretariat@foodsov.org
(+632) 664 6327

AUGUST 9: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

 

AUGUST 9: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

On August 9, we call on everyone to the GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION to celebrate and stand for the continuing struggle and victories of Indigenous Peoples (IP) in different parts of the world against imperialist assaults on IP rights to self-determination. In this year’s commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, let us unite and highlight the struggles and victories of Indigenous communities against the intensifying resource exploitation of transnational corporations (TNCs), war and militarization, and the worsening human rights situation attacking IP rights defenders and the collective action in defense of land, territory, and way of life. Together, we will amplify the voices and demands of Indigenous Peoples for the right to self-determination. Let us strengthen our solidarity and broad unity among and between Indigenous communities and all oppressed peoples! Long live the struggle of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination!

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9 DE AGOSTO: DÍA MUNDIAL DE ACCIÓN

El 9 de agosto, llamamos a todos a la JORNADA MUNDIAL DE ACCIÓN para celebrar y defender la lucha y las victorias continuas de los Pueblos Indígenas en diferentes partes del mundo contra los ataques imperialistas a los derechos de PI a la libre determinación. En la conmemoración de este año del DÍA INTERNACIONAL DE LOS INDÍGENAS DEL MUNDO, unámonos y destaquemos las luchas y victorias de las comunidades indígenas contra la intensificación de la explotación de los recursos de las empresas transnacionales (ETN), la guerra y la militarización, y el empeoramiento de la situación de los derechos humanos que ataca a los defensores de los derechos de PI y la acción colectiva en defensa de la tierra, el territorio y el modo de vida. Juntos, amplificaremos las voces y demandas de los Pueblos Indígenas por el derecho a la libre determinación. Fortalezcamos nuestra solidaridad y nuestra amplia unidad entre las comunidades indígenas y todos los pueblos oprimidos! Viva la lucha de los Pueblos Indígenas por la autodeterminación!

(Traducción realizada con el traductor www.DeepL.com/Translator)

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9 AOÛT : JOURNÉE MONDIALE D’ACTION

Le 9 août, nous appelons tout le monde à la JOURNÉE MONDIALE D’ACTION pour célébrer et défendre la lutte continue et les victoires des peuples autochtones dans différentes parties du monde contre les assauts impérialistes sur la PI à l’autodétermination. Dans la commémoration de cette année de la JOURNÉE INTERNATIONALE DES PERSONNES AUTOCHTONES DU MONDE, unissons-nous et soulignons les luttes et les victoires des communautés autochtones contre l’exploitation interne des ressources des sociétés transnationales (STN), la guerre et la militarisation, et la dégradation de la situation des droits de l’homme en attaquant les défenseurs des droits de propriété intellectuelle et l’action collective pour la défense de la terre, du territoire et du mode de vie. Ensemble, nous amplifierons les voix et les revendications des peuples autochtones pour le droit à l’autodétermination. Renforçons notre solidarité et notre grande unité parmi et entre les communautés autochtones et les peuples opprimés ! Vive la lutte des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination!

(Traduit avec www.DeepL.com/Translator)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS | PETICIÓN DE CONTRIBUCIONES | APPEL DE CONTRIBUTIONS

[ Desplácese hacia abajo para ver la traducción al español | Défilement vers le bas pour la traduction française ]

Across the globe, Indigenous Peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life, and right to lands and territories. The struggle to assert and advance the right to self-determination has reached greater heights in all fronts.

August 9 marks the annual celebration of the International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples. As we commemorate this year’s World IP Day, IPMSDL aims to highlight the struggles and victories of IP communities against the intensifying resource plunder and militarization. There is a growing concern over the worsening human rights situation of Indigenous Peoples with the intensifying attacks on IP activists and human rights defenders as well as collective actions in defense of land and for self-determination.

We invite our network and partners to contribute some materials for this year’s World IP Day celebration:

1.     Photo contribution: Submit two to three photos (original photos and indicate photo credit) depicting the life, struggles, and victories of Indigenous communities in relation to plunder, militarization, and rights violations. Kindly include caption (50-70 words only) in each photo. Deadline: August 6, 2018.

2.     Case Stories: We also welcome case stories/narratives on the issues related to land, resources, militarization, and human rights violations. Case stories shall consist of 3,000 words (maximum). You may also include photos with photo credit and caption. Deadline: August 6, 2018.

3.     Global Day of Action on August 9: There will be activities and actions happening to celebrate the World IP Day on August 9. We hope that our members and partners will use the calls below in your activities:

a. STRUGGLE FOR SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION! DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM!

b. STOP KILLING IP RIGHTS ACTIVISTS! ACTIVISM IS NOT TERRORISM!

c. RESIST CORPORATE PLUNDER AND GREED! DEFEND ANCESTRAL LAND!

d. FIGHT IMPERIALIST WAR OF AGGRESSION! END MILITARIZATION OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES!

You may send your contributions to Loi at campaign@ipmsdl.org and/or tag us on your posts on Facebook and Twitter

En todo el mundo, los Pueblos Indígenas han buscado el reconocimiento de sus identidades, modo de vida y derecho a las tierras y territorios. La lucha por hacer valer y promover el derecho a la libre determinación ha alcanzado cotas más altas en todos los frentes.

El 9 de agosto marca la celebración anual del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo. Al conmemorar el Día Mundial de la P.I. de este año, el objetivo de la IPMSDL es poner de relieve las luchas y victorias de las comunidades de P.I. contra la intensificación del saqueo de recursos y la militarización. Existe una creciente preocupación por el empeoramiento de la situación de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas, con la intensificación de los ataques contra los activistas de los PI y los defensores de los derechos humanos, así como con las acciones colectivas en defensa de la tierra y a favor de la autodeterminación.

Invitamos a nuestra red y a nuestros asociados a contribuir con algunos materiales para la celebración del Día Mundial de la P.I. de este año:

1. Contribución fotográfica: Presentar dos o tres fotos (las fotos originales e indicar el crédito de la foto) que muestren la vida, las luchas y las victorias de las comunidades indígenas en relación con el saqueo, la militarización y las violaciones de derechos. Por favor, incluya un pie de foto (50-70 palabras solamente) en cada foto. Fecha límite: 6 de agosto de 2018.

2. Casos prácticos: También acogemos con beneplácito los relatos de casos sobre cuestiones relacionadas con la tierra, los recursos, la militarización y las violaciones de los derechos humanos. Los relatos de experiencias constarán de 3.000 palabras (máximo). También puede incluir fotos con el crédito y el pie de foto. Fecha límite: 6 de agosto de 2018.

3. Día de Acción Mundial el 9 de agosto: Habrá actividades y acciones para celebrar el Día Mundial de la P.I. el 9 de agosto. Esperamos que nuestros miembros y socios utilicen las siguientes llamadas en sus actividades:

a. LUCHA POR LA AUTODETERMINACIÓN Y LA LIBERACIÓN! ABAJO EL IMPERIALISMO!

b. DEJE DE MATAR A LOS ACTIVISTAS DE LOS DERECHOS DE PROPIEDAD INTELECTUAL! EL ACTIVISMO NO ES TERRORISMO!

c. RESISTIR EL SAQUEO CORPORATIVO Y LA CODICIA! DEFENDER LA TIERRA ANCESTRAL!

d. LUCHA CONTRA LA GUERRA DE AGRESIÓN IMPERIALISTA! ACABAR CON LA MILITARIZACIÓN DE LAS COMUNIDADES INDÍGENAS!

Puede enviar sus contribuciones a Loi a campaign@ipmsdl.org y/o etiquetarnos en sus publicaciones en Facebook y Twitter.

Traducción realizada con el traductor www.DeepL.com/Translator

Partout dans le monde, les peuples autochtones ont cherché à faire reconnaître leur identité, leur mode de vie et leur droit à la terre et aux territoires. La lutte pour affirmer et faire progresser le droit à l’autodétermination a atteint des sommets sur tous les fronts.

Le 9 août marque la célébration annuelle de la Journée internationale des peuples autochtones. Alors que nous commémorons cette année la Journée mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle, IPMSDL vise à mettre en lumière les luttes et les victoires des communautés de la propriété intellectuelle contre l’intensification du pillage des ressources et de la militarisation. L’aggravation de la situation des droits humains des peuples autochtones est de plus en plus préoccupante, avec l’intensification des attaques contre les militants de la propriété intellectuelle et les défenseurs des droits humains, ainsi que des actions collectives pour la défense de la terre et pour l’autodétermination.

Nous invitons notre réseau et nos partenaires à fournir du matériel pour la célébration de la Journée mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle de cette année :

1. Contribution photo : Soumettre deux ou trois photos (photos originales et indiquer le crédit photographique) décrivant la vie, les luttes et les victoires des communautés autochtones en ce qui concerne le pillage, la militarisation et les violations des droits. Veuillez inclure une légende (50-70 mots seulement) dans chaque photo. Date limite : 6 août 2018.

2. Histoires de cas : Nous accueillons également les études de cas/narratifs sur les questions liées à la terre, aux ressources, à la militarisation et aux violations des droits de l’homme. Les études de cas doivent comprendre 3 000 mots (maximum). Vous pouvez également inclure des photos avec crédit photo et légende. Date limite : 6 août 2018.

3. Journée mondiale d’action le 9 août : Des activités et des actions seront organisées pour célébrer la Journée mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle le 9 août. Nous espérons que nos membres et partenaires utiliseront les appels ci-dessous dans le cadre de vos activités :

a. LUTTE POUR L’AUTODÉTERMINATION ET LA LIBÉRATION ! À BAS L’IMPÉRIALISME!

b. ARRÊTEZ DE TUER LES MILITANTS DES DROITS DE L’IP ! L’ACTIVISME N’EST PAS DU TERRORISME!

c. RÉSISTEZ AU PILLAGE ET À L’AVIDITÉ DES ENTREPRISES ! DÉFENDRE LES TERRES ANCESTRALES!

d. COMBATTEZ LA GUERRE D’AGRESSION IMPÉRIALISTE ! METTRE FIN À LA MILITARISATION DES COMMUNAUTÉS AUTOCHTONES!

Vous pouvez envoyer vos contributions à Loi à campaign@ipmsdl.org et/ou nous taguer sur vos posts sur Facebook et Twitter.

Traduit avec www.DeepL.com/Translator

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