IPMSDL, CPA co-organize series of activities during UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and UN Climate Summit

From September 19-24 in New York, the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), joint with Land is Life, Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS), and BAYAN-USA organized various activities during the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and UN Climate Summit.

Dubbed “Maximizing and Creating Spaces: An Interactive Learning for Indigenous Peoples during the UN WCIP and Climate Summit,” the activities are a series of learning and exchanges, and protest actionsheld outside of the UN aimed at:
• Consolidating and planning for ways forward in advancing indigenous peoples’ grassroots movement for self-determination and disseminating alternatives of equity and development justice
• Exposing the real state of indigenous peoples and expose the continuing non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights, the continuing and expanding expropriation of indigenous lands, territories and resources for capitalist profit, and the unending violations of indigenous peoples’ human rights.

IMG_0044On September 19, 2014, more than 60 indigenous peoples and advocates participated in the First Part of the activities, a 2-series forum on indigenous peoples’ solidarity and engagement with the UN WCIP and on the global multiple crisis and people’s resistance. Through the interactive discussion and sharing of experiences and lessons of indigenous peoples’ organizations in engaging the United Nations, followed by a learning session on the global and climate crisis and people’s resistance, indigenous leaders from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Pacific, Arctic, and North America along with IP advocates were in agreement on the importance of creating our own spaces or holding our own activities outside of the UN processes.

On September 20, the Second Part of the activities which focused on building the grassroots indigenous peoples’ movement for self determination gathered members of the IPMSDL and other IP organizationsfor strategic planning on strengthening grassroots movements for self determination and advancing IP right to self determination at the international level. The activity also delved on indigenous peoples’ position, analysis and strategies in promoting IP self-determined and sustainable development especially in relation to development aid and development effectiveness.

IPMSDL members

On September 21, CPA, IPMSDL and numerous IP organizations joined the 400,000-strong People’s Climate March, the biggest climate march in world history. We joined other IP organizations in calling for States, United Nations and the international public to listen to Indigenous Peoples and for climate justice now. In recent years, there is no denying that the Philippines has suffered so much from the impact of climate change with the aftermatch of typhoon Haiyan alone. CPA reiterated its demand for the Philippine government and corporations to stop development aggression and plunder in the Cordillera and other indigenous territories, and instead uphold our indigenous socio-political systems and traditional knowledge that are viable alternatives to the current market-based and profit-oriented climate change solutions.

For the Third Part of the series of activities with focus on IP Engagement with UN, Governments, States and Civil Society, we joined hundreds of indigenous peoples that participated in the High Level Plenary Meeting of the UN known as the WCIP on September 22-23. In the formal sessions of the WCIP, CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget expressed our disappointment and condemnation that nothing in the Outcome Document mentions about commitment from States to stop State violence, militarization, and political repression against indigenous peoples. Specifically, Bolinget called on the Philippine government and the intervention of the UN to stop the military operations in Abra province which claimed the lives of two civilians, Engr. Fidela Salvador and Noel Viste; pull-out State military troops in indigenous communities; scrap the State policy of OplanBayanihan; and for the resumption of the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front to address the root causes of the armed conflict towards just and lasting peace.

Intervention during WCIP

Bolinget, in another statement during the WCIP session, expressed CPA’s utmost concern on the WCIP Outcome Document which made no explicit mention of indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination which is a central issue among indigenous peoples worldwide. Our rights to our lands, territories and resources are way far from being implemented due to the intensified State and corporate plunder of our lands, territories and resources under the current neoliberal development paradigm which puts State interests and corporate profit over people’s genuine development and well-being. Development projects, coupled with militarization and human rights violations, often violate our right to Free Prior and Informed Consent. Worse, these violations are institutionalized through State laws and policies such as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, and government agencies such as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Other members of the IPMSDL have likewise raised concerns on their own struggles and issues regarding implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights at the local and national level during the WCIP.

On September 24, CPA and IPMSDL participated in a civil society report-back on the results of the WCIP and the UN Climate Summit where grassroots organizations reflected on the outcome of the UN meetings and what needs to be done. Following this, we participated in the People’s General Assembly on the Post-2015 Development Agenda which gathered development perspectives from grassroots people’s organizations. Indigenous peoples tackled the genuine development for indigenous peoples through Self Determined and Sustainable Development which is based on the principles of people’s participation, self-reliance, social justice, gender equality, integration with ecosystems, and human rights based approach to development.

Peoples General Assembly
Peoples General Assembly

IPMSDL and CPA, in solidarity with indigenous peoples from various parts of the world who are similarly struggling for the genuine respect of the right to self determination, seizes all opportunities to raise our issues and demands for the genuine respect of our human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights at the local, national and international level of engagements. #

IPMSDL participates in the People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014 in New York City

IPMSDL members

A Storm of Actions and Protests – Maximizing and Creating Spaces: An Interactive Learning for Indigenous Peoples during the UN WCIP and Climate Summit (September 2014)

Watch the short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6q9HIF81Jg&feature=youtu.be. 

DECLARATION of the Asia Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Workshop on Extractive Industries, Energy and Human Rights: Advance the Right to Self Determined Development of Indigenous Peoples!

We, 68 participants of the ASIA REGIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ WORKSHOP ON EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES, ENERGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, held in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines on April 20-22, 2014; representing 54 indigenous peoples organizations and advocate groups in Asia, Pacific, Africa, South America and USA; hereby declare our position in relation to the encroachment of extractive industries and energy projects in indigenous peoples’ territories.

Photo by Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)
Photo by Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)

We are concerned with the aggressive pursuance of neoliberal globalization, whereby indigenous peoples’ land, lives, territories and resources are increasingly privatized and liberalized. The current development model undermines indigenous peoples’ sustainable way of life based on our deep respect, care, and inseparable relationship with Mother Earth. The overwhelming focus on private sector-led development and Public Private Partnership in the exploitation of territories and lands, forest, water, aerial and energy resources will further undermine indigenous peoples’ culture, tradition, identity and human rights.

With Asia becoming the new economic hub, we have witnessed the massive exploitation of our lands and resources in the name of development. Mining, hydropower dams, large scale plantations, oil exploration, geothermal projects, economic land concessions, special economic zones and economic transformation programs, imposition of commercial agriculture dependent on agrochemicals, security zones such as ESSCOM in Malaysia and national parks and other conservation projects are just among the many projects being imposed in our territories without our Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and without recognition of our right to self determination. Food insecurity, pollution, displacement, destruction of sacred sites, militarization, health hazards, trafficking of and violence against indigenous women and girls as well as violations to our civil and political rights are among the many violations we are experiencing.

Furthermore, the current regional cooperation funded by international financial institutions, coursed through governments and regional economic cooperation among governments such as the ASEAN and SAARC with an aim to promote free trade among countries, is increasing our vulnerability and marginalization. A case in point is the power grid, roads and railways being constructed connecting Asian countries in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Integration being planned for 2015.

Another issue we face is the peace processes, where our life, identity, sovereignty, land and resources are at stake. This is evident in our misrepresentation/nonrepresentation of current peace processes in Mindanao,

Philippines, India, and Bangladesh and among the ethnic nationalities in Myanmar, in which our full and effective participation is not ensured and our peace processes not respected and not implemented particularly in Northeast India and Bangladesh. These crucial issues have driven us to wage struggles and movements for our right to self-determination and self-determined development against unsustainable development processes. At the same time, we promote our development alternatives, based on respect and protection of our lands, territories and resources, cultural integrity and empowerment, social and economic wellbeing of indigenous peoples, sustainable resource management, and self-governance through our customary institutions.

In the light of the alarming situation in Asia and our enduring struggles to defend our rights as indigenous peoples, we forward the following key recommendations for urgent and appropriate action by those concerned:

For governments in Asia:

  1. Stop destructive extractive industries, energy projects, economic land concessions, mono-crop plantations and other intrusions into our ancestral territories. Review and revoke licenses, permits, concessions and other agreements issued for projects that have been found to be detrimental to the interests of indigenous peoples.
  2. Ensure our constitutional recognition as indigenous peoples and our inherent rights as affirmed by the UNDRIP. Review national legal frameworks, and enact legislations and formulate policies consistent with the UNDRIP, and ensure their proper implementation. Repeal/amend legislations violating indigenous peoples rights.
  3. Recognize and respect our right to self-determination and free prior informed consent (FPIC), in accordance with indigenous political structures and customary systems of governance and other forms of collective decision making, including the decision to say no to development projects and policies that violate our rights.
  4. Stop militarization of indigenous communities, human rights violations, killings of indigenous peoples and advocates and criminalization of peoples’ legitimate resistance in the assertion of our collective rights. Give justice and hold perpetrators accountable of past violations
  5. Establish appropriate consultation and grievance mechanisms with indigenous people and other development actors at different levels.
  6. Establish documentation, monitoring and information mechanisms on the development projects implemented in indigenous territories to ensure transparency.
  7. Establish a corporate accountability framework for public and private corporations.

For International Financial Institutions (IFI):

  1. Stop funding extractive industries, energy projects, plantations and other projects that destroy indigenous peoples’ land, resources and cultural identity. Ensure that companies have obtained the FPIC of indigenous communities as a prerequisite before extending any financing for projects in indigenous peoples’ territories.
  2. IFI funding for projects where military and paramilitary forces are being used as security forces resulting to human rights violations should be stopped immediately and no further support should be extended.
  3. Ensure transparency and full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the review process of the safeguard policies of IFIs. Ensure the alignment of these safeguard policies with international human rights instruments including the UNDRIP.
  4. Appropriate enforcement mechanisms and sanctions should be strictly enforced and properly monitored to strengthen the implementation of the safeguards.

For Corporations:

  1. Respect international standards on indigenous peoples, especially the UNDRIP, ILO Convention 169 and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These international standards should be mainstreamed within corporate policy and practice.
  2. Respect FPIC as a process defined and managed by the indigenous communities whose lives are impacted by proposed extractive and energy projects. Respect indigenous peoples’ own FPIC protocols or policies where these exist.

For Civil Society Organizations:

  1. Support indigenous communities’ local struggles by extending assistance for research, information, education, advocacy and lobby. Support capacity building of indigenous peoples for the effective assertion of our rights.

For Indigenous Peoples organizations and communities:

  1. Strengthen and sustain our sustainable ways of life for the future generations and our resolve in defending our land, territories and resources against destructive projects.
  2. Strengthen our organizations to assert our rights when dealing with extractive industries and other projects that impact on our lives and territories. Build alliances among indigenous peoples and with wider networks and organizations in order to engender the broadest possible support for our struggles.
  3. Utilize relevant processes and possible avenues of complaint and redress at local, national and international levels. Learn from the experiences of other communities to inform our local decision-making and planning.

We also agree to take the following concrete steps as ways forward:

  1. Strengthen and expand the Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy Projects (AIPNEE) and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD).
  2. Support ongoing and organize sustained campaigns on extractive industries, energy and human rights to support the local struggles of indigenous communities.
  3. Conduct national and international lobby activities targeting governments, ASEAN, SAARC, IFIs, UN, and companies investing and operating in our lands.
  4. Extend concrete solidarity support to fellow indigenous peoples across the world waging struggles against extractives and energy projects, human rights violations, and the current unsustainable development model.

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Affirmed by the Workshop participants on this 22nd day of April, 2014 in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.

Pueblos Indígenas de Asia rechazan industrias que avasallan su desarrollo autónomo

Imágenes proporcionadas por Secretaría AIPNEE

– Participaron representantes de Bangladesh, Camboya, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal y Filipinas.

Servindi, 5 de mayo, 2014.- Un rechazo a las industrias extractivas y destructivas, perjudiciales para los intereses de los pueblos indígenas y que avasallan su desarrollo con autonomía expresó un encuentro regional de los pueblos indígenas de Asia, suscrito en Filipinas.

Se trata del Taller Regional sobre Industrias Extractivas, Energía y Derechos Humanos organizado por el Pacto de los Pueblos Indígenas de Asia (AIPP), Philippine Task Force on Indigenous Peoples (TFIP), la Alianza de los Pueblos de la Cordillera (CPA), la Red de los Pueblos Indígenas de Asia sobre el Cambio Climático (AIPNEE), y la Red Defensores de los Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IPHRD).

La declaración suscrita el 22 de abril en Sagada, provincia de Mountain, Filipinas, pidió revisar y revocar las licencias, permisos, concesiones y otros acuerdos firmados para proyectos perjudiciales.

Asimismo, exhortó a las instituciones financieras internacionales dejar de financiar industrias extractivas, proyectos energéticos, plantaciones y otros emprendimientos que destruyen las tierras, recursos e identidad cultural de los pueblos indígenas.

También, asegurar el consentimiento libre, previo e informado de las comunidades indígenas como prerrequisito antes de brindar cualquier financiamiento para proyectos en sus territorios.

El costo del desarrollo asiático lo pagan los indígenas

La declaración observa que mientras el continente asiático se convierte en una nueva potencia económica se incrementa la inseguridad alimentaria, los desplazamientos, la destrucción de sitios sagrados, la militarización, las amenazas a la salud y el tráfico de jóvenes y mujeres indígenas.

La explotación masivas de las tierras indígenas, la minería, las represas hidroeléctricas, las plantaciones de gran escala, la exploración petrolera, los proyectos geotérmicos, las zonas económicas especiales, la imposición de la agricultura comercial dependiente de agroquímicos entre otros proyectos se imponen sin el consentimiento de los pueblos, violando el derecho a la autodeterminación.

Respuesta indígena

Entre los acuerdos adoptados para enfrentar las agresiones se encuentra consolidar y expandir la Red Asiática de Pueblos Indígenas sobre Proyectos Extractivos y Energéticos (AIPNEE) y laRed de Defensores de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IPHRD).

Asimismo, organizar campañas y apoyar las vigentes sobre industrias extractivas, energía yderechos humanos, para fortalecer las luchas locales de los pueblos indígenas.

Otro acuerdo es conducir adelante actividades de lobby nacionales e internacionales que apunten a gobiernos, a la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN) y la Asociación Surasiática para la Cooperación Regional (SAARC), instituciones financieras multilaterales, Naciones Unidas y las empresas con inversiones u operaciones en nuestras tierras.

Finalmente, extender su apoyo solidario concreto para los indígenas que en todo el mundoluchan contra proyectos extractivos y energéticos, violaciones a los derechos humanos y el actual modelo de desarrollo insustentable.

Imágenes proporcionadas por Secretaría AIPNEE

A continuación el texto completo de la declaración:

Taller Regional de los Pueblos Indígenas de Asia sobre Industrias Extractivas, Energía y Derechos Humanos

Dia de Accion Global de los Pueblos Indigenas por la Autodeterminacion

Del 6 al 14 de Agosto de 2014

Día de Acción Global de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación

El 9 de agosto fue declarado por las Naciones Unidas en 1994 como Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas. Ese día, con los anteriores y posteriores, el Movimiento de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Liberación y Autodeterminación (IPMSDL) celebra el Día de Acción Global por la Autodeterminación. Únanse a estas acciones. Juntos lograremos que nuestra voz se escuche – “Somos pueblos indígenas. Tenemos derechos. Resistimos.”

En diferentes partes del mundo, ejerciendo la autodeterminación, los pueblos indígenas se unen y levantan para defender y asegurar sus derechos, desde las comunidades más remotas y las calles de las ciudades, hasta las cortes de justicia y oficinas gubernamentales, y en las sedes de las empresas multinacionales o las Naciones Unidas. Como los pueblos indígenas de Alaska, Canadá y Nigeria frente a las actividades destructivas de la petrolera Royal Dutch Shell. Como la campaña contra Chevron del gobierno y los pueblos del Ecuador. Las protestas y bloqueos indígenas contra la construcción de represas se intensifican en Sarawak, Malasia. En Filipinas, las comunidades afectadas por la minería a gran escala desmantelan los equipos y estructuras de las empresas. En Canadá, las Primeras Naciones lideran el movimiento Idle No More para protestar por sus derechos, soberanía y la justicia ambiental. Movimientos similares surgen en muchas otras comunidades indígenas. A pesar de la militarización, los asesinatos y las desapariciones impunes de activistas indígenas, los pueblos mantienen viva la resistencia colectiva.

Los días de acción global de los pueblos indígenas deben ser una celebración de las victorias en la lucha por la Tierra, Autodeterminación y Justicia, el logro de mayor unidad entre los pueblos indígenas y no indígenas, y la renovación del compromiso en la defensa de los derechos.

Esta acción es parte de Campaña por la Justicia y el Desarrollo (http://peoplesgoals.org/global-day-of-action-for-development-justice/).

Cómo apoyar desde tu lugar:

Movilización: organizar manifestaciones, plantones, marchas, vigilias y otras acciones.

Capacitación: realizar eventos educativos e informativos sobre la situación, los derechos y luchas de los pueblos indígenas y sus iniciativas; publicar declaraciones y comunicados de prensa en los medios de comunicación.

Denunciar: visitar comunidades indígenas o centros de evacuación de zonas militarizadas para experimentar sus condiciones de vida y aprender de su cultura; solidarizarse con bloqueos o manifestaciones en contra de proyectos mineros, represas y agronegocios.

Intercambiar: organizar encuentros culturales para compartir tradiciones, música y danzas que muestren las luchas y aspiraciones de los pueblos indígenas.

Redes sociales: inundar las páginas de Internet y redes sociales con declaraciones, artículos, fotos y mensajes de apoyo a la resistencia de los pueblos indígenas.

Alternativas: promover la autodeterminación contra la codicia del capitalismo, por un desarrollo con justicia para los pueblos indígenas. (http://ipmsdl.wordpress.com/)

Comparte y coordina tu acción con el Movimiento por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas al correo electrónico: ipmsdl@gmail.com

Join the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Days of Action for Self Determination!

Join the IP Global Days of Action for Self Determination_Poster1

The 9th of August is the UN-declared (1994) International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. On this day and days before and after, the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) shall launch its Global Days of Action for Self-Determination. Join us in our actions. Together let us create a resounding voice – “We are Indigenous Peoples. We have Rights. We Resist.”

In different parts of the world, in exercise of self-determination, indigenous peoples rise and unite to defend and assert their rights from the remote villages to the city streets to the Courts and halls of governments and States, at the gates of TNCs/MNCs and the United Nations. These includes, indigenous peoples in Alaska, Canada and Nigeria fight the destructive activities of Shell (Royal Dutch/Shell Group). The peoples and the government of Ecuador’s ‘Chevron’s Dirty Hands’ campaign exposed the damage caused by the company.  Protests intensify with the setting-up of tribal blockades against numerous dams in Sarawak, Malaysia. In the Philippines, affected communities including indigenous peoples dismantle structures and equipment of large-scale mining companies. In Canada, the First Nations lead the Idle No More to protect Treaty rights, native sovereignty and demand environmental justice. Similar assertions occur in many other indigenous communities. Despite militarization, killings and disappearances of native activists that occur with impunity, indigenous peoples heighten their collective resistance.

The Global Days of Action all over by indigenous peoples shall be a celebration of victories in the struggle for Land, Self-Determination, and Justice, a forging of greater unity between and among indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and a renewal of commitment to defend rights and for self-determination.

This is also part of the Days of Action for Development Justice (http://peoplesgoals.org/global-day-of-action-for-development-justice/).

Wherever you are, you can do:

Speak Out: organize and join mobilizations, rallies, marches, torch parades, and the like.

Teach-ins: conduct education and information events on the situation, rights, struggles of indigenous peoples and their alternatives; issue statements, media releases, posters and other propaganda.

Exposure: visit indigenous communities or evacuation centers of militarized villages, experience and learn their daily life and culture; be in solidarity in the barricades, blockades against mines, dams and plantations.

Exchange: arrange cultural gatherings to share the indigenous traditions, and music, songs, dances depicting the struggles and aspirations of indigenous peoples.

Social Networks: flood the sites with statements, declarations, articles and pictures of indigenous resistance, and messages of support to indigenous peoples’ struggles.

Alternatives: popularize and promote self-determination and liberation against capitalist greed and profit, development justice for indigenous peoples. (http://ipmsdl.wordpress.com/)

Share and coordinate your action with the Indigenous Peoples’ Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation. Email us at – ipmsdl@gmail.com

 

Call to Action_IP Global Days of Action for Self Determination

DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ON THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and Indigenous Peoples: Resisting Globalization, Asserting Self-Determination 

We, the Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth gathered here in Bali, Indonesia on 2-6 December 2013, organizing our own workshop and various events parallel to the World Trade Organization Ninth Ministerial Meeting (WTO MC9), hereby agreed to resist neoliberal globalization and assert our right to Self-Determination.

As Indigenous Peoples of the land and the waters, we have a close relationship to Mother Earth and nature. This relationship tells us that life on Mother Earth is in danger and coming to a time of great transformation. We are accepting the responsibility as the guardians of the earth, which has been designated by our respective Original Instructions woven into our cosmovisions, cultures, languages, and ways of life. We are telling the trade ministers of the world governments that we must all work together to create a new paradigm in global trade instruments and economic systems that fully recognizes the vital life-giving cycles, well-being and territorial integrity of Mother Earth.

We reaffirm our responsibilities to protect and defend our lands, water, territories, natural resources, culture and traditional knowledge, all of which are vital to the survival of all of humanity and for future generations. We will persevere in our struggle in reclaiming our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples and for the well-being of Mother Earth. Until the right to self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and universal laws that recognize Mother Earth as a living being are observed and respected, genuine sustainable development will not be achieved.

We share a common history of colonization and globalization. For centuries, we experienced the colonisation of our lands, territories, air, ice, oceans and waters, mountains and forests. Colonialism institutionalized the oppression and exploitation of Indigenous Peoples up to the current era of globalization, exacerbated by the neoliberal impositions of multilateral trade agreements implemented over six decades through the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), replaced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. In its 9th Ministerial Conference, we believe that the WTO will only push for greater neoliberal policies on globalization, liberalization, privatization, deregulation, and denationalization that will consequently intensify the violation of our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples and the multiple crises that humanity confronts today.

Thus, with our common problems, aspirations and struggles, we resolved to strengthen our unity as Indigenous Peoples and link our struggles with various democratic sectors and organizations worldwide until our right to self-determination and liberation is achieved.

The World Trade Organization and Violation of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

The WTO is the primary instrument of neoliberal globalization to further economic globalization especially in international trade. It aims to build a unitary system of trade relations of countries around the world governed by various agreements. WTO’s catchphrases of “borderless world”, “leveling the playing field” and “free market democracies”, involves the removal of restrictions or so-called trade barriers that hinder greater corporate profit. While the WTO binds the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to implement the neoliberal policies on trade of goods and services, the few capitalist countries on the other hand, protect their economies from these “free market” policies.

Several WTO Ministerials, such as the Doha Development Round in 2001, collapsed due to continuing disagreements over subsidies on agricultural products, market access, and special safeguard mechanisms, and massive Peoples’ protests. In its 9th Ministerial Conference, the WTO will make decisions on any of the multilateral trade related agreements such as the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMS), and General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and forge new multilateral agreements. The proposed agreement for the MC9 called the Bali Package will push for greater liberalization in agriculture, acceleration of LDCs in the WTO, and expedite trade facilitation through restructuring of GATT articles on imports-exports and trade costs. The Bali Package, along with post-Bali issues on International Technology Agreement (ITA) and Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), are labeled by developed countries as the solution to the stalled Doha Round to pursue intensified trade liberalization.

Indigenous Peoples, especially future generations, will be extremely affected by these decisions and agreements. For over 6 six decades now, since colonization, neoliberal policies have intensified the sufferings of the Indigenous Peoples. Our lands, territories and natural resources have been exploited by unsustainable development projects, such as mono-cultural chemically intensive plantations, extractive industries such as mining, oil drilling, hydro projects and other environmentally destructive “renewable” energy projects. Trade and investment liberalization have resulted in development aggression and plunder of our territories. We have been displaced from our Indigenous lands and territories. Our Indigenous knowledge, values and spirituality have been bastardized. And our rights to self-determination, to our own governance and own self-determined development have been violated. While defending our inherent and collective rights, we continue to suffer from militarization and State terrorism, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, assassination, arbitrary arrests, imprisonment, criminalization of community resistance, harassment and vilification as “terrorists.” All of this has happened for the sake of globalization, and is bound to worsen as the WTO imposes more agreements and policies.

Our experiences show that the removal of tariffs and quantitative restrictions on import goods has led to the influx of foreign products in domestic markets. The AoA has unleashed agricultural liberalisation and imposed the importation of agricultural crops even if locally produced. It has forced many developing countries to favor transnational agricultural companies like Monsanto and compelled impoverished Indigenous Peoples to use high yielding varieties (HYV) seeds without being informed of the negative effects. The AoA pushes for commercial agricultural production, replacing traditional plant varieties with genetically altered species marketed by agriculture companies, and chemical-laden foods. The AoA eliminates the ability of Indigenous Peoples to produce culturally appropriate and sufficient food. Such trading system is detrimental to Indigenous Peoples’ food security, health and sustainability. It forces dependency to the capitalist market and weakens Indigenous Peoples’ ability to self-determined development and food sovereignty. The WTO demands reduction of subsidies on price support, while capitalist countries refuse to apply this in their own economies. This has damaged livelihoods resulting in bankruptcy of farmers including Indigenous Peoples, as they are unable to compete with subsidized and cheaper imports from abroad. States worsen this situation by failing to protect Indigenous Peoples’ sources of livelihood and food, land and resources.

Through our harmonious relations with nature as part of our spirituality, culture and beliefs, we maintain knowledge and practice of Indigenous medicines from medicinal plants and animals. We, however, are denied rights and control over our Indigenous medicines when these are taken over by big corporations as their intellectual property rights under WTO. Big pharmaceutical corporations race for patents to gain exclusive control for the production, marketing, distribution and sales of products derived from indigenous knowledge and practice. We are also alarmed that the WTO allows the patenting of life forms including extraction of genetic information under its TRIPS. These capitalist monsters treat Indigenous Peoples as valuable and vulnerable targets for medical research and experiments.

Trade agreements on services have further marginalized and impoverished us, with very limited access to basic social and health services, a situation worsened by government neglect and discrimination. Our right to quality and affordable education and health is further violated by GATS which allows foreign corporations to own and operate educational and health institutions leading to profit-oriented and corporate owned services that are available only to the few who have the means to pay. Education is designed to meet the needs and interests of the multinational corporations and the advanced capitalist countries above the social values and needs of Indigenous communities and national development of poor countries. As a result, the youth and the next generations’ futures are bleak and the survival of our Indigenous knowledge is in peril.

Globalisation has even destroyed our biological and cultural diversity, ecosystems, values and traditional knowledge that constitute our existence as humans and as Indigenous Peoples. It is the culprit of the climate crisis, which exacerbates the historical, political, and economic marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples. It puts Indigenous Peoples in a very vulnerable situation, notwithstanding the fact that Indigenous Peoples have contributed the least to the climate crisis.

The dominant world capitalist system under which the WTO and similar trade agreements operate is the culprit to the multiple crises that humanity confronts today. The neoliberal policies of globalization, liberalization, deregulation, privatization and denationalization are the root causes of the protracted economic, financial, political, and climatic crises that have put Indigenous Peoples in more oppressive and exploitative conditions and the planet on the brink of destruction. The WTO MC9 in its Bali Package is hell-bent on pushing and imposing more new deals that would intensify our misery ten-fold, as it demands the acceleration of neoliberal globalization for more profit to the few ruling elite of the advanced capitalist countries and their transnational corporations above the interest of Indigenous Peoples, humanity and Mother Earth. Clearly, the WTO advances the neoliberal globalization framework and violates all the rights of Peoples, including Indigenous Peoples and Nations, to self-determination, life and liberty. The WTO is an instrument that serves the primary interest of the multinational corporations and the few advanced capitalist countries to the detriment of Indigenous Peoples worldwide, humanity, Mother Earth and all life.

Ways Forward

We will persevere in our struggle to gain self-determination and autonomy. Until our right to self-determination is respected, genuine sustainable development will not be achieved.

We are united to oppose and reject the commodification, privatisation and plunder of nature, which includes the green economy, false- or market-based solutions including biodiversity and conservations offsets that put profit above humanity and the planet. We are in solidarity to resist neoliberal globalization. We are united to fight for our rights to self-determination and assert the future we want. We declare to Junk WTO, oppose new deals, and push for an alternative trade agenda appropriate to Indigenous Peoples.

We push for an alternative trade system appropriate for us. We do not just reject trade per se, but push for trade systems that respect and recognise our traditional economies and governance. We envision systems that promote solidarity, mutual cooperation and respect, based on the needs and development of our communities and empowerment of our people. We demand systems that underpin our inherent right to self-determination and our permanent sovereignty over our traditional lands, territories and resources, forests, water, and everything that sustains life for the future generations. We demand systems that reject, and call for the abolition of, all colonial, unequal, and neocolonial trade agreements such as the WTO and other similar trade agreements.

We will continue to strengthen our ranks and further develop and mobilize the capacities of the young generations and women in advancing our struggles against neoliberal globalization and its instruments like the WTO until its removal. We will link our struggles not only with Indigenous Peoples worldwide, but also with other Peoples’ movements, democratic and marginalized sectors and civil society organisations (CSOs) that have common goals and aspirations with that of Indigenous Peoples. We join the worldwide movement to Junk WTO and reject Neoliberal Globalization.

We commit to consolidate our efforts to engage the WTO and other multilateral, regional and bilateral trade syndicates/agreements, and we strongly oppose agreements forged without our knowledge, participation, and consent. In our engagement to these trade agreements, we shall bring to the forefront as main points of assertion our inherent right to self-determination, self-determined and sustainable development, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Alta Outcome Document and other declarations on our collective rights as Indigenous Peoples.

We shall strive to achieve gains that go beyond the mechanisms and opportunities in the UN, and of the benevolence of States and governments. Like in other international fora, processes and mechanisms, we shall create our own spaces asserting our rights to lands, territories, and self-determination.

We must take collective control of our natural resources based on the principles of people’s participation, gender equality, environmental and social justice, self-reliant and sustainable management systems and mindful of the needs of the whole of humanity while maintaining a deep respect, responsibility and recognition of the natural laws of Mother Earth and all creatures within. We must regain sovereignty over our lands and resources from multinational corporations and capitalist countries. We focus on building sustainable communities based on indigenous knowledge and peoples’ development, not on capitalist development. We must strive to promote and assert our sustainable ways of life, social and cultural values for the common good and the whole of society, collective interest over individual, service over profit, respect and care for nature and Mother Earth, including our viable solutions as opposed to false solutions to climate change.

While we continue to unite as Indigenous Peoples worldwide, we also uphold the spirit of international solidarity with other sectors, organizations, activists and genuine advocates of our issues. This solidarity advances our global campaign for Indigenous Peoples’ rights to self-determination and liberation. Junk WTO! No New Deals!

Our Immediate Demands

As we conclude our workshop and events parallel to the WTO MC9, we state the following demands to the World Trade Organisation, the States and Corporations:

We demand for focus on new economies based on the principles of living in harmony with nature and governed by the absolute limits and boundaries of ecological sustainability, the carrying capacities of Mother Earth, and in recognition of the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth.

We demand for a stop to the capitalism of nature. All economic frameworks and trade regimes that privatise and financialise the functions of nature through green economy initiatives must be halted. Mother Earth is the source of life which needs to be protected, not a resource to be exploited and commodified as a natural capital. We call for the halt of all policies controlling the reproductive capacity of Mother Earth through market-based mechanisms that allow for the quantification and commodification of the natural processes of Mother Earth being branded as ecosystem services.

We demand for the respect of Indigenous Peoples’ collective rights, such as but not limited to their traditional lands, territories, resources, free prior informed consent (FPIC), self-determination, culture and identity, and traditional management systems as enshrined in the UNDRIP and other international standards in negotiations and agreements. All trade agreements on investments, programs and projects affecting our lands, territories, communities, culture and identity without our FPIC must be immediately revoked and cancelled.

We demand for the repeal of all trade agreements affecting us without our meaningful, full and effective participation and FPIC. Likewise, we demand for Indigenous Peoples’ full and active participation in decision-making processes and discourses on trade and other matters affecting us at all levels. Our right to FPIC is fundamental, and thus we continue to assert that this must be respected. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

We demand for the full recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ inherent and inalienable right to self-determination and permanent sovereignty over our lands, territories, resources, air, ice, oceans, waters, mountains and forests.

We demand an end to the militarization of our communities, for States and corporations to be held accountable on human rights violations, and ensured justice to the victims and their families and communities who have experienced such atrocities.

Likewise, States should provide concrete support, such as appropriate technologies and funds, to help us develop for ourselves our own self-determined and sustainable development models ad methods.

Stop the theft and patenting of our traditional seeds, medicines, traditional knowledge, and our identity. Stop the commodification of our sacred culture for megatourism projects and other big businesses.

Stop the criminalization of community resistance and end the culture of impunity. Pull out State armed forces in Indigenous territories, and uphold the responsibility to provide basic social services to Indigenous communities.

Affirmed this 3rd day of December 2013, in Bali, Indonesia.

Signatories (initial list as of December 13, 2013)

International Organizations and Networks

  • Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
  • Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN)
  • Land is Life
  • International Organisation for Self-Determination and Equality (IOSDE)
  • International Presentation Association
  • Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  • Indigenous World Association 

National and Sub-national Organizations and Networks

  • Alyansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), Indonesia
  • Barisan Pemuda Adat Nusantara (BPAN), Indonesia
  • Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Philippines
  • Committee for the Protection of Natural Resources-Manipur, Northeast India
  • Center for Research and Advocacy-Manipur, Northeast India
  • Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Northeast India
  • Indigenous Women’s Forum for Northeast India (IWFNEI)
  • Indigenous Women and Children Foundation, Northeast India
  • Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), USA
  • Mugal Indigenous Women’s Upliftment Institute, Nepal
  • Initiative for Right View (IRV), Bangladesh
  • Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), Philippines
  • BAI National Network of Indigenous Women in the Philippines
  • Innabuyog-Gabriela, Philippines
  • KALUMARAN, Philippines
  • Cordillera Women’s Education Action and Research Center (CWEARC), Philippines
  • Chiricahua Ndee Nee (Apache) Community Alliance, USA
  • PROCESS Foundation Panay, Inc., Philippines
  • Dharti Development Foundation Sindh Pakistan
  • Pakistan Kissan Ittehad Sindh
  • Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Nigeria
  • Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Indonesia (ATKI)
  • National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, Sri Lanka
  • American Indian Movement – West, USA
  • Yamasi People of the Guale Nation in southeast North America
  • Pacific Indigenous Peoples Environment Coalition (PIPEC) Aotearoa, New Zealand
  • Neighborhood Community Network, India

Invitation: Indigenous Peoples and the World Trade Organization series of activities in Bali, Indonesia on December 2-6, 2013

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and Indigenous Peoples: Resisting Globalization, Asserting Self-Determination

The WTO is the primary instrument of neoliberal globalization to further economic globalization especially in international trade. It aims to build a unitary system of trade relations of countries around the world governed by various agreements. Using catchphrases of a “borderless world” and “leveling the playing field,” it has imposed the removing of restrictions or so-called trade barriers that get in the way of greater corporate profit. Contrary to “free trade” and similar lies and myth, the WTO serves the primary interest and control of monopoly capital and the few advanced capitalist countries over the global economy.

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) formally established the WTO in 1995 through the Final Act of the Uruguay Round of negotiations. The GATT together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) were bodies established in 1948 after World War II at the Bretton Woods. These three while appear separate actually work-in-tandem or inter-lock in effecting global free trade.

Capitalist countries led by the United States control the GATT, IMF and WB. The IMF and WB provide loans in the name of national progress to poor and developing countries but imposing Structural Adjustment Programs (SAP) that provides liberalization, deregulation and privatization as prior conditions for granting loans and debt reductions. The GATT and WTO, and regional trade initiatives such as Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) with their related multilateral agreements bind countries to implement these neoliberal policies.

The WTO currently governs 159 member States that are obliged upon entry to implement these multilateral agreements even if detrimental to their own economy and harm its citizens. Non-compliance shall mean sanctions that its Dispute Settlement Body decides in closed-door proceedings.

This December 3-6, 2013, the World Trade Organization (WTO) shall convene its ninth Ministerial Meeting (MC 9) in Bali, Indonesia. The Ministerial Meeting is the highest decision-making body of the WTO and usually meets every two years. The last was in Geneva on 2011. It can make decisions on any of the multilateral trade related agreements such as the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), and General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and forge new multilateral agreements.

In Bali, we expect the MC 9 to push for greater liberalization in agriculture, acceleration of least-developed countries (LDC) in the WTO, and expediting trade facilitation through restructuring of GATT articles on imports-exports and trade costs. At the same time, it shall attempt to mask the mal-development wrought by the WTO.

The Peoples’ Global Camp (PGC) against Globalization – a series and weeklong activities coinciding with the ninth Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia – shall unmask the WTO by exposing the ill effects and destruction due to globalization. As in previous rounds of GATT negotiations and ministerial meetings, it shall reiterate its position of Junk WTO and call for NO New Deals.

WTO and Indigenous Peoples

Majority or 95% of the world’s indigenous are in Asia and Latin America, largely are peasants who face the brunt of globalization.

Indigenous lands, territories, resources, and waters are rich in natural resources and biodiversity. Reportedly, the remaining resources worldwide – valuable and essential to the survival of all – are in indigenous territories. However, from colonization to this era of globalization, these have been valuable targets as commodities. Thus, we expect further resource extraction and plunder of indigenous peoples’ territories through mining, energy, mono-crop-commercial plantations, and logging, including theft and commercialization of traditional knowledge and genetic information, indigenous culture, sacred artifacts, heirlooms, and the like.  The commoditization of nature and Mother Earth bounds to worsen as WTO impose more agreements. The multiple crises – economic, political, environmental and climatic – we face today become unprecedented resulting in more violations of our collective rights as indigenous peoples.

On international trade, the removal of tariffs and quantitative restrictions on import goods led to the influx of foreign products in domestic markets. The AoA allowed the importation of agricultural crops even if locally produced. Adding further damage, the WTO likewise demand reduction of State subsidies on price support, seeds and fertilizer costs while advanced capitalist countries consistently refuse to apply this in their own economies. This has damaged livelihoods resulting in bankruptcy of farmers including indigenous peoples, as they are unable to compete with subsidized and cheaper harvests from abroad. The AoA pushes for commercial agricultural production wherein it replaces indigenous or traditional plant varieties with genetically altered species marketed by agriculture companies, and chemical laden foods, detrimental to food security, health and sustainability. Such trading will foster dependency of indigenous communities to outside capitalist market and in the process breaks their ability to assert their political rights, self-determined development, and food sovereignty. The AoA further conscripts the ability of indigenous peoples to produce culturally appropriate food, grow their own food of their choice and quantity in their own land.

Intellectual property rights are not exempt from globalization. Big pharmaceutical corporations, race for patents to gain exclusive control for the production, marketing, distribution and sales of products derived from indigenous knowledge and practice. Indigenous peoples might not even be aware that corporations pirated and earn profit from the knowledge they hold and share in common such as the medicinal uses of plants.  The WTO alarmingly allows the patenting of life forms including extraction of genetic information under its TRIPS. The relatively isolation of indigenous peoples makes them valuable targets for medical research and experiments. Reportedly, Boehringer Ingelheim a German pharmaceutical company bought for $70 million the biotechnology rights of blood samples collected from the indigenous peoples of Trista de Cunha, South Atlantic because of its potential for asthma treatments.

States enact, amend or repeal protective legislations on national industries, agriculture, and services that bar “free trade.” It legalizes liberalization, deregulation and privatization in compliance with WTO agreements and obligations. It undermines indigenous peoples’ rightful control and management of their productive land and resources.  In the Philippines, the enactment of the Mining Act of 1995 totally liberalized the mining industry and offered the country’s mineral resources and ancestral lands for plunder by big foreign mining companies. Laws and policies that deregulated the oil industry and privatized basic services and public assets have greater impacts on indigenous peoples who have been historically marginalized, impoverished, and neglected by the State.

The WTO has expanded even to include health and education services that further discriminate and worsen government neglect of indigenous peoples, and lessening our access to vital social services.

In addition, States and governments in collusion with corporations allow State security forces and arm civilians by creating paramilitary forces that impose the implementation of these multilateral agreements, and facilitate and protect the above extractions. Indigenous communities are highly militarized and we attest of escalating violation of our individual and collective rights, destruction of our indigenous life ways. Many of us are alienated from our lands with forced dislocation and evacuation as governments implement destructive projects without our free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

The WTO violates indigenous peoples’ ownership, control, access and benefit of natural resources, indigenous knowledge, information and culture. Thus, it is for us to forward, assert, and engage.

We have seen in this decade great victories for indigenous peoples in our participation in international processes with the signing of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007, the establishment of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP). We look forward to bigger achievements as we prepare to engage further States and governments in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in 2014. These reflect the growing solidarity and strength of indigenous peoples’ organizations and movement for land and self-determination.

However, we have much yet to be done.  The WTO worsened the prevalent poverty and repression currently experienced by indigenous peoples. Thus, we should also engage the WTO and other regional trade syndicates and strongly register our opposition to agreements forged without our knowledge, participation, and consent.

The very recent Alta Outcome Document reaffirms “that the inherent and inalienable right of self determination is preeminent and is a prerequisite for the realization of all rights. We Indigenous Peoples, have the right of self determination and permanent sovereignty over our lands, territories, resources, air, ice, oceans and waters, mountains and forests.” It strongly states under Theme 3: Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “13. xxx in keeping with our right of self determination and free prior and informed consent, Indigenous Peoples participate effectively and fully in the negotiations of all relevant international agreements that may affect them including multi lateral and bilateral trade and investment agreements and organizations including in the review of existing agreements;”

Thus, indigenous peoples’ engagement in these multilateral institutions shall bring to the fore as main points of assertion the UNDRIP, the Alta Outcome Document and other declarations on our right to self-determination. It shall also stand on our intensifying defense of lands, territories, waters and air at the local level.

We shall strive to achieve gains that go beyond the mechanisms and opportunities in the UN, and of the benevolence of States and governments. Like in other international fora, processes and mechanisms, we shall create our own spaces asserting our right to lands, territories, and self-determination. Indigenous peoples all over the world should assert our call to the WTO, Nothing about Us, Without Us.

Activities on the WTO and Indigenous Peoples

In the Peoples’ Global Camp against WTO and Neoliberalization, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) together with the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA), Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), Centre for Research and Advocacy-Manipur, Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur, Archipelago Indigenous Youth Front-Indonesia (BPAN), Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Archipelago-Indonesia (AMAN), and Land is Life (LiL) organizes a series of activities on the WTO and Indigenous Peoples on December 2-6, 2013 in Denpasar, Bali:

  • Workshop on Indigenous Peoples and the WTO on December 2 (whole day) and December 3 (morning)
  • IP Tent, and participation in the People’s Global Camp from December 3 (afternoon) to December 6
  • Forum on Indigenous Peoples and WTO during the People’s Global Camp on December 5, 9-12 AM

The IPMSDL is a movement of grassroots-based indigenous peoples’ organizations, communities and advocates found in different parts of the world, who are struggling to defend the rights of indigenous peoples. It aims to fight for the recognition and respect of all our inherent rights as indigenous peoples to land, life, self-determination, liberation and social justice. It stands for the right of indigenous peoples to govern ourselves and for liberation from imperialism, state oppression and human rights violations.

In accordance with its goal, the IPMSDL including the co-organizers of the Workshop joins the worldwide anti-globalization movement to Junk WTO. We shall participate in the People’s Global Camp with simultaneous activities in our home countries. Citing adverse impacts to indigenous peoples, we shall also formally register with the ninth Ministerial Meeting our position “Junk WTO! No New Deals!”

The IP activities aim to gather indigenous peoples, IP advocates, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, and other civil society organizations (CSOs). It has the following objectives:

1.            Build deeper understanding and awareness on the WTO and globalization, and its specific impacts on indigenous peoples. Position the struggles of indigenous peoples in the mainstream of the global campaign against WTO and globalization;

2.           Act as a forum for exchange and learning on the impacts of WTO on indigenous peoples, and how we confront these. Forge anti-globalization solidarity among indigenous peoples and with other similarly affected sectors of society; and

3.            Formulate a Unity Statement of Indigenous Peoples that we shall submit to the WTO MC 9 and shall be part of the PGC statement on WTO; and unite on an Action Plan in engaging the WTO.

The Workshop shall also forward its Unity Statement to CSOs, State representatives, and private institutions for their information and appropriate action. We also hope to establish communications with other IP organizations, advocates and institutions. #

For queries, please contact any of the following:

Ms. Bestang K. Dekdeken

Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation

Email: ipmsdl@gmail.com

 

Mr. Simon Pabaras

President, Archipelago Indigenous Youth Front or BPAN

Member, Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Archipelago or AMAN

Email: simonpabaras@aman.or.id

 

Mr. Windel B. Bolinget

Chairperson, Cordillera Peoples Alliance

Email: windel@cpaphils.org

Support the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda among Indigenous Communities in the Philippines

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance, National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines (KAMP), Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), and Land is Life Call for Support for Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Central Philippines and caused a lot of damages to the lives, livelihood and properties of the Filipino people. Among the affected are the indigenous peoples in the Islands of Panay, Mindoro and Palawan.

At least 50 indigenous communities of Tumandok, Ati, Hanunuo, Buhid, Bangon, Alangan and Tagbanua were directly affected by the typhoon. Houses were destroyed by the strong winds and falling trees, and other houses and communities were flooded. In Tapaz, about 80-100 % of the houses have been destroyed. The indigenous peoples’ crops and farms were also devastated. Some barangays are impassable because of landslides and debris blocking the roads. There are islands in the province of Palawan which are isolated from the town center and sources of food supplies because all their boats were destroyed.

Initial data gathered shows that at least 12,000 IP families are in need of immediate assistance. The poor socio-economic conditions of the indigenous peoples made these communities most vulnerable, and the impact of typhoon Yolanda puts them in a most difficult situation.

We are appealing for mass mobilization and support for the relief and rehabilitation operations for the indigenous peoples’ communities affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.

Donations may be sent at the LINGKOD KATRIBU drop off center in NCCP Compound at #879 EDSA, Barangay West Triangle, Quezon City. Cash donations may be sent in the following bank accounts:
Account Name: KALIPUNAN NG KATUTUBONG MAMAMAYAN NG PILIPINAS
Branch: Bank of Philippine Islands – Aurora Boulevard
Peso Account #: 3153-1517-67
Dollar Account #: 3154-0030-01 (Swift code: BOPIPHMM)

For other concerns, contact us through:
Email – kamp_phils@yahoo.com
Telephone and Fax – (02) 412-5340
Kakay Tolentino – +63-908-897-7533 / +63917-836-4710