On NPMHR’s 40th year and the Naga Peoples Struggle for Human Rights and Self-determination

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes the  struggle of the Naga people and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) for self-determination, liberation and human rights as it celebrates its foundation in September 1978. The NPMHR has always been a strong partner of International IPMSDL and several peoples movements on the campaigns forwarding the rights of the Naga people, majority of which are part of the 27 tribes that compose the indigenous peoples of the mountain ranges of Nagaland.

The history of continuous resistance of Naga people from the attacks of British imperialist conquest of their lands to the continuing discrimination and offensives of Government of India is an inspiration to the indigenous peoples and oppressed sectors in South Asia and in the whole world.

Nagaland’s rich natural resources, forests and biodiversity, minerals and natural energy has been continuously enjoyed and exhausted by foreign powers and state, while the people remain impoverished of basic social services. In addition, current human rights violations by the paramilitary and state administration, brutal military atrocities and murders, systematic violence through denial of basic social services and civil freedoms, and culture of impunity continue to plague the Naga people.

Through all these, NPMHR unwaveringly forwards the rights of Naga peoples on several platforms, multi-level dialogues and engagements to resolutely echo the cry of Naga people of a free and peaceful Nagaland. On its 40th years, the IPMSDL stands with NPMHR as it reiterates the importance of their united struggle in achieving every Naga peoples basic rights to live, to work, to freely perform one’s indigenous practices, to decide and determine the development and progress on their own, to stop all political and military attacks in achieving democratic and civil rights, and to craft a future of just peace.


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



Neingulo Krome, Secretary General

As the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) commemorates the 40 years of its struggle against the occupation of thier lands and the restorations of their human rights, based on the universal belief that; “violation of human rights in any part of the world is a threat to the human race as a whole and that protection and promotion of human rights anywhere is a concern of all”, once again re-iterates our commitments to its 11- Point of Declaration, on this day the 9th of September 2018, as stated that;

Mankind has made history through the struggle for freedom from exploitation and subjugation. And history of the Naga people has taught us that there are forces both inside and outside the society collaborating in strangulating social progress.

Our people have seen economic exploitation, political and military domination social suppression with the imposition of alien cultural and legal systems and the distortion of their history.

In the light of these experiences, the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights takes upon itself the task of initiating organized struggle for achieving the following;

To ensure and safeguard:
1. the right to life;
2. the right to work;
3. the right to live together as a people and the unification of all Naga Lands;
4. the right to hold and communicate one’s beliefs;
5. the freedom of movement, assembly and association;
6. free access to all place of learning;
7. maximum participation of the people in the making of decisions affecting their lives;
8. freedom from socio-economic exploitation. Political domination and military repression;
9. against anti-democratic practices and the dismantling of institutions and social values which legitimize and perpetuate these within our society;
10. against the practices of arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and execution, and the use of unconventional weapons;
11. against the imposition of undesirable alien legal systems and socio-cultural concepts and ways of life.

And whereas, ever since, British colonizers intruded into our land and dissected and fragmented our land and people for their mere administrative conveniences for several decades, which the Indian occupational forces took over on their departure, through plunder and atrocities, the very basic right to life and to live together as a people were denied. These were followed by systematic anti-democratic practices and the dismantling of our traditional institutions and social values with the imposition of undesirable alien legal systems and socio-cultural concepts and ways of life.

And whereas, rape, torture, public execution, mass killings, concentration camps, desecration of religious places, burning of villages, forced labour, burying and burning of people alive, waging war on school children, arrest without warrant, search without warrant, frisk people anywhere and everywhere, raid houses, etc. etc. with full impunity under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958, failed to demoralize the Naga resistant movement into submission to occupational forces.

And therefore, the Government of India started initiating “Ceasefires” and “Peace Talks” with leaders of the Naga Political Movements, once in the past with the Federal Government of Nagaland in 1964 and which they gradually unilaterally abrogated when it suited them (GoI). Over the course of time, when the Naga Political Movement has gained enough momentum up to the various international levels, the Government of India again sought for Ceasefires and Peace Talks, which was entered into with the NSCN –IM in 1997 and followed by another truce with the NSCN – K in 2001 and others which were formed in due course of time.

Notwithstanding all the agonies of the past nor the hopes of the future, NPMHR takes this moment in time, on the occasion of the 40 Years of human rights movement across the length and breath of the Naga-lands, to say that, Freedom, Justice and Peace are the inherent rights of every peoples, and that Nagas are not by any standard lesser people. We also impress upon the people of India to recognize our rights as much as we respect their rights. And to our fellow Nagas, that to enjoy these rights, the peoples ourselves, must know and have the courage to live independently and exist fearlessly as one people without expecting other people or alien rulers to “gift us our rights.”



“À propos de la 40e année de la NPMHR et de la lutte du peuple naga pour les droits de la personne et l’autodétermination”

Le Mouvement international des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination et la libération (IPMSDL) salue la lutte du peuple naga et du Mouvement du peuple naga pour les droits de l’homme (NPMHR) pour l’autodétermination, la libération et les droits humains alors qu’il célèbre sa création en septembre 1978. La NPMHR a toujours été un partenaire fort de l’IPMSDL international et de plusieurs mouvements populaires dans les campagnes de promotion des droits du peuple naga, dont la majorité fait partie des 27 tribus qui composent les peuples autochtones des montagnes du Nagaland.

L’histoire de la résistance continue du peuple naga depuis les attaques de la conquête impérialiste britannique de ses terres jusqu’à la discrimination et aux offensives continues du gouvernement indien est une inspiration pour les peuples indigènes et les secteurs opprimés en Asie du Sud et dans le monde entier.

Les riches ressources naturelles, les forêts et la biodiversité, les minéraux et l’énergie naturelle du Nagaland ont été continuellement exploités et épuisés par les puissances étrangères et l’État, tandis que la population reste appauvrie des services sociaux de base. En outre, les violations actuelles des droits de l’homme par les paramilitaires et l’administration de l’État, les atrocités et les meurtres militaires brutaux, la violence systématique par le déni des services sociaux de base et des libertés civiles, et la culture de l’impunité continuent de sévir au peuple naga.

Par tous ces moyens, la NPMHR défend sans relâche les droits des peuples naga sur plusieurs plateformes, dialogues à plusieurs niveaux et engagements pour faire résolument écho au cri du peuple naga d’un Nagaland libre et pacifique. Au cours de ses 40 années d’existence, l’IPMSDL se tient aux côtés de la NPMHR et réitère l’importance de leur lutte commune pour réaliser les droits fondamentaux de chaque peuple naga à vivre, à travailler, à exercer librement ses pratiques indigènes, à décider et à déterminer le développement et le progrès par eux-mêmes, à arrêter toute attaque politique et militaire pour réaliser les droits démocratiques et civils, et pour construire un futur de paix juste.

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“Sobre el 40º aniversario de la NPMHR y la lucha del pueblo naga por los derechos humanos y la autodeterminación”

El Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación y la Liberación (IPMSDL) saluda la lucha del pueblo Naga y el Movimiento de los Pueblos Naga por los Derechos Humanos (NPMHR) por la autodeterminación, la liberación y los derechos humanos cuando celebra su fundación en septiembre de 1978. La NPMHR siempre ha sido un fuerte aliado de la IPMSDL Internacional y de varios movimientos populares en las campañas de promoción de los derechos del pueblo Naga, la mayoría de los cuales son parte de las 27 tribus que componen los pueblos indígenas de las cordilleras de Nagaland.

La historia de la continua resistencia del pueblo naga, desde los ataques de la conquista imperialista británica de sus tierras hasta las continuas discriminaciones y ofensivas del Gobierno de la India, es una inspiración para los pueblos indígenas y los sectores oprimidos en el sur de Asia y en todo el mundo.

Los ricos recursos naturales de Nagaland, los bosques y la biodiversidad, los minerales y la energía natural han sido continuamente disfrutados y agotados por las potencias extranjeras y el Estado, mientras que la población sigue empobrecida de los servicios sociales básicos. Además, las actuales violaciones de los derechos humanos por parte de los paramilitares y la administración del Estado, las atrocidades y asesinatos militares brutales, la violencia sistemática mediante la denegación de los servicios sociales básicos y las libertades civiles, y la cultura de la impunidad siguen asolando al pueblo naga.

A través de todo esto, la NPMHR promueve sin descanso los derechos de los pueblos naga en varias plataformas, diálogos a varios niveles y compromisos para hacer eco resueltamente del grito del pueblo naga de un Nagaland libre y pacífico. En sus 40 años de existencia, la IPMSDL se une a la NPMHR para reiterar la importancia de su lucha unida en la realización de los derechos básicos de todos los pueblos naga a vivir, trabajar, realizar libremente sus prácticas indígenas, decidir y determinar el desarrollo y el progreso por sí mismos, detener todos los ataques políticos y militares para lograr los derechos democráticos y civiles, y construir un futuro de paz justa.

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PRESS RELEASE | IP and Moro bring self-determination and ancestral land issues to International People’s Tribunal

Philippine indigenous peoples (IP) and the Moro people will have heard in the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) 2018 cases of violation to ancestral land and right to self-determination this week in Brussels, Belgium. Represented by their organisations KATRIBU Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KATRIBU), Suara Bangsamoro, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), particular cases will be heard during the IPT.

The IPT 2018 is organised in the context of the worsening situation of human rights in the Philippines under the Duterte regime. Philippine human rights group KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), has documented 126 extrajudicial killings (EJKs), 235 frustrated EJKs, 272 illegal arrests and detention, 930 illegal arrest without detention, 426,590 victims of forced evacuation, 39,623 cases of use of public places for military purposes, 362,355 incidents of indiscriminate firing from July 2016 to December 2017.

These figures do not include the unprecedented number of killings as a result of the administration’s supposed anti-drug war Tokhang now estimated to be at least 10,000. While Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos denies that there are extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration, the PNP reported that there had been 6,225 drug-related deaths between July 2016 and September 2017. Furthermore, the PNP released a report that as of April 23, 2017, 7,080 people had been reported as killed in the “War On Drugs” since July 1, 2016. The victims of this bloody campaign are largely poor people, including minors and youth.

Well-documented cases of these human rights violations have been brought to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by several concerned Philippines-based and international civil society organizations through the Universal Periodic Review on the Philippines (UPR) process in Geneva in 2017 and the Special Procedure mechanisms. A number of national and international entities have likewise conducted fact-finding solidarity missions and have issued reports, recommendations and condemnations of the Philippine government’s inaction to stop the killings and other serious human rights violations in the country.

In the case of indigenous peoples, exercise of the right to self-determination and right to resist has been met as well with State terrorism and fascism. KATRIBU has documented 27 incidents of bombing of indigenous communities affecting at least 354,000 individuals, 47 extrajudicial killings of IP human rights defenders (IPHRDs), 58 incidents of forced evacuation affecting 400,000 individuals, and the attacks on Lumad schools in Mindanao that forced 56 schools to close and at least 2,600 indigenous youth affected. Over 100 fabricated cases are filed by the State armed forces and police against IPHRDs, including the Department of Justice (DoJ) terrorist proscription list that names some 600 individuals.

The regime´s crimes against the Moro people will also be heard in the IPT 2018, to include the Marawi siege and declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, the religious discrimination, arbitrary detention and torture committed against Suara Bangasamoro Chairperson Jerome Succor Aba by agents of US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on April 17-19, 2018; and the massacre of seven Tausug youths on September 14, 2018 in Patikul, Sulu.

These victims of human rights violations under the US-Duterte regime are seeking justice. They have organized themselves and are working closely with various organizations in strengthening efforts to hold perpetrators to account, and it is at their behest that the IPT 2018 is being convened by the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH), Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), IBON International, and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).

Victims, survivors of attacks and experts shall present concrete evidence of violations of the Filipino people’s individual and collective rights under international law. They hope to raise the awareness of the international public of the ongoing violation of peoples’ rights in the Philippines, and help generate further political pressure on the governments of the Philippines and the US to heed the calls of the Filipino people. The perpetrators will be brought for judgment before the broadest possible international audience.

The Tribunal’s verdict shall be based on a thorough and fair assessment of the evidence by a body of jurors composed of leading public figures of recognized achievement and high moral stature, in accordance with applicable legal standards. The body of evidence and verdict of the IPT 2018 shall be transmitted to the United Nations, International Criminal Court, various Parliaments and governments, as well as broad international organizations. The IPT 2018 shall serve due notice to the perpetrators of these violations that impunity shall not go unchallenged by the people.


Beverly Longid, IPMSDL Global Coordinator, info@ipmsdl.org
Pya Malayao, KATRIBU Secretary General, katribu.phils@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE | Police releases “terrorist list” memo targeting IP activists

International Indigenous Peoples (IP) group expresses its utmost condemnation in the recently discovered top-secret Philippine National Police (PNP) intelligence memo ordering surveillance on several IP leaders from the Cordillera, including International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Global Coordinator Beverly Longid.

Recently this September, human rights group Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) obtained a copy of the said confidential memo dated May 28, 2018 and signed by PNP Intelligence Division OIC Alexander Rondal listing 21 names – several are IP leaders, rights advocates and activists in the Cordillera region. The memo addressed to all PNP Chiefs and Regional Intelligence Units orders them to supply a “Summary of Information” on alleged New People’s Army (NPA) ICRC (Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee) leaders and members.

“This is part of the systematic attacks of the Duterte government against progressive organizations critical of the government policies, land defenders, or IP communities against resource plunder. It is an institutional directive of the state that confirms our long belief of surveillance operations to monitor the movements of those they consider as “enemies of the state.” It is a desperate move to supplement the hollow and bereft of evidence DOJ Prescription case against activists. The memo further puts at threat the lives of those under surveillance by tagging them as communist armed rebels due for surveillance,” Longid said.

The confidential memo has 21 names including United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development Goals Joan Carling, former Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) Chair Atty. Jose Molintas, Co-Chair of Sandugo Joanna Cariño, current CPA Chair Windel Bolinget, Regional Coordinator of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers – Cordillera Jeannete Ribaya-Cawiding, and former Secretary General of the Ilocos Human Rights Alliance-Karapatan Sherwin De Vera.

In February 2018, a DOJ Petition for Proscription to declare NPA and Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as terrorist groups also includes the above names in the police memo.

A motion filed in Manila RTC 19 last August 31 by Atty. Pablo Sanidad II, Longid’s legal counsel, states that the case “without any basis and with pure malicious intent” is only used as an “arbitrary and malicious targeting measure to weaken the IP movement and an unacceptable attack to those who speak up to defend Human Rights.” Cases like this is considered as “travesty to the exercise of the fundamental rights and freedom,” the motion stated.

The trend reflects a global scale of IP attacks notably in developing countries like Latin America, Africa and Asia. A recent UN report underlines two reasons: “lack of respect for indigenous peoples’ collective land rights” and “failure to provide indigenous communities with secure land tenure” favoring big corporations’ mega infrastructure plans, extractive, plantation, logging and eco-tourism development projects located in IP ancestral lands.

“The IP struggles for land rights and self-determination further expose the state and its armed forces’ servitude to investors and companies by using anti-terrorism and anti-insurgency campaigns to target IP activists, silence them and endanger their lives,” Longid added.

A call for “broader and stronger unity against all forms of attacks against those who cry just demands and criticizes oppressive government policies” is echoed by the International IPMSDL.

According to Longid, “the international community must strongly denounce big businesses using state forces and policies to its favor at the extent of our community leaders’ lives. IPMSDL believe that criminalizing dissent do not silent the demands for justice of the IP movement but only fortify their struggle for the achievement of rights, lands, and justice.”


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

NEWS | Human Rights activist seeks removal from terror list

Krixia Subingsubing, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Taking a cue from the two UN members and two militant leaders cleared from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proscription petition to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA) and 600 individuals as terrorists, an indigenous peoples’ rights leader also asked a Manila court that she be declared as a nonparty to the petition.

On Friday, human rights activist Beverly Longid asked Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar to clear her from the terrorist list as she was neither an officer nor a member of the CPP-NPA.

She argued that the petition, which was filed in February, not only failed to prove her association with the Maoist rebel group, but also did not apply to her as an individual as a proscription petition can only apply to organizations, associations or group of persons as per Section 17 of the Human Security Act.

Same grounds

Her “unfounded, malicious and irresponsible” inclusion in the list, she said, posed serious threats to her life.

These were the same grounds used by fellow defendants UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former UN member Jose Melencio Molintas, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and peace talks consultant Rafael Baylosis.

They were among the over 600 individuals—some of whom were activists, leaders of mass organizations and former Catholic priests—named by the DOJ as alleged leaders and members of the group behind Asia’s longest-running insurgency.

The proscription petition stemmed from President Duterte’s promise to clamp down on the rebel groups following the collapse of peace negotiations between the government and the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

‘Virtual gov’t hit list’

Human rights advocates and militants alike have assailed the petition as a “virtual government hit list” meant to harass and threaten progressives and critics of the Duterte administration.

Some of the 600 names included double entries, dubious aliases and generic names—to which Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra had admitted not having vetted.

In August, Malagar’s 14-page resolution cleared Corpuz, Molintas, Baylosis and Ocampo on nearly the same legal bases now being used by Longid.

Longid, a member of several local and international human rights groups, said in an interview that the proscription petition was nothing more than a harassment suit meant to target the “increased resistance” against the abuses committed against indigenous peoples.#


Story posted in Inquirer.net on August 3, 2018.


PRESS RELEASE | Indigenous Groups Descend on Manila Court to Protest Terror-List

The groups gathered to press for the dismissal of a proscription list that labels indigenous leaders as “terrorist.”

International Indigenous Peoples (IP) group and several IP organizations from the Philippines marshaled at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on August 31 to rally for the dismissal of the Department of Justice (DOJ) proscription list that labels indigenous leaders as “terrorists.” The gathered groups also filed a motion to clear the names of indigenous leaders.

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination (IPMSDL) joined the protest action along with Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Katribu), Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples Rights (TFIP), and BAI Indigenous Women’s Network. The protest was mobilized in time for the submission of a motion and court hearing for the terrorist-tagging case, which includes IPMSDL’s Global Coordinator Beverly Longid. The proscription petition filed by the DOJ, which seeks to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines–New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) a terror group, also includes 649 names of alleged CPP-NPA leaders and members. It was filed in the Manila RTC on February 21 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 374 and Human Security Act (HSA) 2007.

Last August, the Manila RTC cleared the names of Satur Ocampo, Rafael Baylosis, Jose Melencio Molintas, and United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. In the same month, the DOJ admitted in a congress budget hearing that it did not verify the 649 names, many of which are aliases and code names, as supplied by the intelligence of Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police.

“There’s an irresponsibility in the part of DOJ for just listing names of activists and tagging them as terrorists without even submitting an iota of evidence to prove that the names in the Petition for Proscription is involved with CPP and NPA,” said Attorney Pablo Sanidad II, Longid’s legal counsel.

The motion to delist the names states that the HSA 2007 may only be applied to organizations and not individuals, and that the DOJ has not given any summon or any substantial evidence. The delistment of the earlier four names were also on the same grounds as ruled by the court.

“The national and international track record of Longid and all the IP leaders included as an advocate for the recognition and promotion of IP rights and welfare clearly shows that they are not terrorist or anything that the government says they are,” Sanidad II added. “And we pray that the court stands for its duty to protect the rights of rights defenders.”

Longid said, “The state harassment and attacks on activists, human rights defenders, and IP leaders every time they step up their struggle for social change, for the protection of their lands and rights, and against destructive extractive projects and plunder of their ancestral territories shows this systematic targeting of those who rightfully criticize the government policies or corporate businesses. And given the track that President Duterte is treading, this will continue and intensify.”

Since Duterte’s presidency began in 2016, reports of political attacks, civil rights and human rights violations and abuses against IP have been documented. As of February 2018, 178 IP have been illegally arrested based on the monitoring of Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas. Cases of military, paramilitary, and police vilification of IP organizations in Cordillera, fabricated criminal charges against Lumad groups’ council members in Mindanao, forced surrenders of Dumagat IP in Quezon Province after being tortured and threatened, and many others killed and assassinated, have been filed on Commission of Human Rights and state offices.

“The increasing records of gross human rights violations under the state’s counterinsurgency Oplan Kapayapaan and extension of Martial Law in Mindanao is consistent with the global crisis involving legal maneuverings and government policies that favors big businesses and victimize IP communities,” Longid said. The criminalization of IP and land defenders opposing the transformation of ancestral lands into mono-crop plantations, mining and energy projects, and eco-tourism destination smears their reputation and makes them vulnerable targets, as in similar cases in Guatemala, Brazil, India, Columbia, and Africa.

Recently, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that it will open more “areas of mineral reservations” to attract mining companies and pump government income. “It’s not surprising that these areas are also ancestral lands and villages of IP, and also the areas heavily concentrated with military forces and wanton records of human rights violations,” Longid added.

“But it is during these dangerous times when people’s unity and solidarity grow stronger. The people’s movement against the human rights violations of state forces and officials, and against the plunder and dispossession of ancestral lands expands and intensifies to defeat the oppressors,” she said. Several local councils and organizations have submitted petitions to delist the names in the proscription.

A “letter of concern on the increasing harassment and intimidation of indigenous peoples’ leaders and human rights defenders” was endorsed by 16 international organizations and 205 national organizations from 38 other countries from different global regions. An online petition was signed by more than 11,200 individuals from 113 countries.#

Article originally published in The Diplomat .
Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator, info@ipmsdl.org

#IDWIP2018 Photo Contributions

In celebrating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018, IPMSDL welcomed materials and original photos depicting the life, struggles, and victories of Indigenous communities in relation to plunder, militarization, and rights violations.

The month-long campaign highlighted the life and continuing struggle of Indigenous Peoples in defense of land and for self-determination. To amplify the unified demands and voice of Indigenous Peoples communities against resource exploitation, militarization, and IP rights violations happening in different communites around the world, contributions echoed the following themes and calls:






Here are the photo contributions IPMSDL received from different Indigenous Peoples communities, individuals, organizations, advocates, IP rights defenders and their networks.

Submerged Dreams of the Bunong People
Kbalromeas Youth

The Indigenous community of Bunong is one of the hardly affected groups by the Lower Sesan II Hydroelectric Project in Kbal Romeas village, Cambodia. The multi-million dollar energy project, owned by corporations from China, Cambodia, and Vietnam, has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of the community, destroyed the cultural fabrics of the Indigenous communities, and uprooted families from their lands. Those who decided to stay in their lands submerged under water receive nothing but State neglect and continuous violation of their rights. Many children had to stop their education while five people already died because of health problems. Despite this, they never give up the fight! The struggle for their right to land, territory, and way of life continues!

“Submerged Dreams of the Bunong People” from Kbalromeas Youth.
“Submerged Dreams of the Bunong People” from Kbalromeas Youth.

Fighting Through Tears & Respect Lumad Rights
Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization

Lumad woman and children from Misamis Oriental in Mindanao, Philippines evacuated with their families due to intensified militarization in their community. The construction of a military detachment, leading to the displacement of 38 Higaonon families, aims to facilitate road and bridge construction for the eco-tourism project of the Provincial Government. Said project wants to transform the sacred hot springs of the Lumad into a resorts and recreational area.The recently-constructed military detachment not only endangers the community, but also violates their right to their ancestral land, as no Free, Prior and Informed Consent was given to the military.

“Fighting Through Tears” from Muy Reyes of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization.
“Respect Lumad Rights” from Muy Reyes of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization.

Indigenous Dumagat and Mangyan
Sandra Marie Llarenas of Tunay na Alyansa ng Bayan Alay sa Katutubo (TABAK)/ Genuine Alliance of the People for the Indigenous Peoples

An indigenous Dumagat contemplates while on a community meeting in Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines, and Mangyan child smiles with some of the delegates of Mangayan Day in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.

The Dumagat village in Rizal, home to more than a hundred families is in danger of being destroyed, due to the pending New Centennial Water Source Project. The project aims to convert several barangays in Rizal and Quezon province into dams to provide water supply in urban center Metro Manila.

Mindoro’s seven Mangyan tribes – Hanunuo, Alangan, Gubatnon, Iraya, Buhid, Bangon and Tadyawan – yearly gather for the Mangyan Day. This year, the occasion highlights the issues of the geothermal powerplants and the government’s National Greening Project in their ancestral territories.

An Indigenous Dumagat from Sandra Marie Llarenas of Tunay na Alyansa ng Bayan Alay sa Katutubo (TABAK).
A Mangyan child from Sandra Marie Llarenas of Tunay na Alyansa ng Bayan Alay sa Katutubo (TABAK).

A Wildflower
Chuckie Calsado

A wildflower might be most beautiful in a city, where its beauty is unparallelled because of its exoticism. But does this lens matter in appraising this beauty, if said flower was forcibly removed from its home through acts of aggression, tyranny and militarism. Our Lumad brothers and sisters have a right to self-determination, they are not flowers to be plucked and subdued for the oppressors to display.

An indigenous Lumad in a parade against Martial Law. Photo by Chuckie Calsado.

We thank all the contributors and we look forward in collaborating again with everyone in advancing our campaigns for the welfare of Indigenous Peoples around the world!