AUGUST 9: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

 

AUGUST 9: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

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

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9 DE AGOSTO: DÍA MUNDIAL DE ACCIÓN

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

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9 AOÛT : JOURNÉE MONDIALE D’ACTION

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

(Traduit avec www.DeepL.com/Translator)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS | PETICIÓN DE CONTRIBUCIONES | APPEL DE CONTRIBUTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Violent Dispersal of the August 15 rallies in Indonesia

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) denounces the violent dispersal of Papuans who rallied for their self-determination and liberation in Indonesia on the 55th year commemoration of the 1968 New York Agreement.

Indonesian police arrested and injured hundreds of rallyists on 15 August 2017 in several of the country’s cities where the protests took place. The demonstrations, which were also held in United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Australia, called for a legitimate UN-administered referendum that would decide West Papua’s independence from Indonesia.

Nonetheless, IPMSDL lauds the militant display of the Papuan peoples to assert for West Papua’s independence. The Movement also congratulates the participation and leadership of the Papuan youth and students in the Indonesia protests. Oppressive states would easily wield repression against peoples’ resistance, denying them their basic rights including freedom of expression and assembly – much like in Indonesia, in order for the government to maintain its hold over West Papua. In today’s trying times, such daring actions give hope to the marginalized and other Indigenous Peoples worldwide to advance their respective struggles brought about by imperialist greed and domination.

We believe the interest and welfare of the Papuan peoples will never be of precedence if West Papua remains its colonized status. Thus, the Movement commits its fervent support West Papua’s struggle and just assertion for self-determination and liberation versus Indonesia’s national oppression and colonization.

MERDEKA FOR WEST PAPUA!
STRUGGLE FOR THE PAPUAN PEOPLES’ SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

We Stand With Standing Rock! Stop Attacking Water Protectors!

A Joint Statement by the IPMSDL, AIPP and IOSDE on the recent violent dispersal at Standing Rock, USA.

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A Chance for Peace: Supporting the Opportunity for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines

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All over the world Indigenous Peoples continue to face oppression and exploitation by uncaring governments and self-serving corporations. We are still one of the most marginalized sectors in society. States and big businesses continue to deny our right to self determination, our collective rights as peoples, our right to land, our very right to life. Wars of aggression, counter-insurgency and militarization displace us from our homes. Environmentally destructive activities such as large-scale mining, mono-crop plantations and their resultant disasters threaten our very existence.

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JOIN US! We Demand Land Rights Now!

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JOIN US! We Demand Land Rights Now!

WHY GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION?

We demand #landrightsnow!

Our GOAL is to work hand in hand with all indigenous brothers and sisters across the globe, in collaboration with other sectors, groups and advocates to secure the collective land rights of more than 370 million indigenous peoples around the world. By 2020, we aim to double the area of land legally recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples.

We are the guardians of this planet! We want Change!

We have nurtured and conserved our land and resources for centuries, which are the bases of our culture, identity, traditional knowledge, sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing. In spite of our invaluable roles and contributions to conservation, enhancement of biodiversity, low carbon lifestyle and sustainable resource governance, our rights to our land and resources are violated with impunity in the name of “national development” causing more inequality, discrimination, hunger and poverty. It’s time to change the dominant system that disregards indigenous peoples’ rights and empowerment; and instead uphold the sustainability of mother earth.

Securing land rights of indigenous peoples is critical in achieving the Global Agenda: 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) and in addressing climate change. The success of eradicating poverty and hunger and “Leaving No One Behind” is hinged on securing our land rights.

Land is Life! Let’s champion this Global Call to Action and build the broadest unity and solidarity of indigenous peoples across the globe to defend our land, territories and resources! This is our duty to protect our collective survival and for the future generations.

PARTICIPANTS FROM ASIA[1]

Organizations:

208 CSOs and IPOs from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan[2]

Indigenous Community:

1, Tananahu community, Maluku, Indonesia

WHAT HAVE BEEN DONE?

National Launch of the Call:

Malaysia, 2 March, 2016

Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) announced their plans to map out and consolidate Orang Asal territories in conjunction with the launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights.

More information: http://iphrdefenders.net/malaysia-joas-map-orang-asal-traditional-lands-territories/

Myanmar, 5 March, 2016

One-day forum on land rights discussed the newly adopted National Land Use Policy— NLUP, opportunities and challenges, as well as the engagement of civil society organizations and indigenous peoples, with the country’s new government on the land rights law.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/LandRightsNow370/

Cambodia, 15 March, 2016

Gathering and press conference organized by the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance (CIPA), brought together 30 indigenous representatives from indigenous communities to share on the land rights issues and cases they are facing.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yPaG1JEvHM

Thailand, 30-31 March, 2016

Two-day national workshop on land issues held in Chiang Mai, brought together more than 100 indigenous representatives from all over Thailand. The workshop ended with a press conference and a Declaration of the Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) on the Proposed Solutions to the Problems of Land and Resource Management by Indigenous Peoples.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/LandRightsNow370/

Asia Regional Launch of the Call:

Myanmar, 12 March, 2016

Around 60 indigenous representatives from 12 countries, namely Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan/China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Malaysia and the Philippines, jointly launched the Campaign at the regional level. The participants, including representatives of indigenous women and youth as well as indigenous persons with disabilities, expressed their strong commitment to demand together their collective land rights as affirmed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

More information: http://iphrdefenders.net/asia-regional-launch-global-call-action-indigenous-community-land-rights/

Support to land rights of Indigenous Women:

The statement of AIPP on Indigenous Women and Land Rights was issued on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016 which was translated in Thai, Khmer and Burmese languages and widely circulated to AIPP members and networks.

More information: http://aippnet.org/strengthening-solidarity-for-indigenous-womens-land-rights-in-2016/

Campaign/communication materials:

WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW?

  • Producing more campaign materials: videos and translation of campaign materials to a number of national languages[3]
  • Providing technical assistance in relation to GCA activities targeting members and partners at the country level and local level when necessary;
  • Supporting community mapping for legal recognition in India; and mobilizing support for Cambodia and Malaysia;
  • Supporting local struggles in defense of land rights against mining, large dams, agribusiness, among others;
  • Documenting indigenous peoples’ sustainable resource management for awareness-raising and policy advocacy;
  • Integrating the GCA into all the programmes of AIPP and relevant events;
  • Circulating widely all relevant statements, publications, audio-visual materials at the regional and global levels;
  • Collaborating and building partnerships and networks for joint policy advocacy and support to community struggles and initiatives

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Increase the number of awareness raising activities to mobilize more indigenous organizations and communities to sign the Call and make their land rights activities more visible;
  • Encourage National Human Rights Institutions to undertake Land Inquiries such as those done in Malaysia and Indonesia;
  • Conduct case studies on land rights issues i.e. large dams, mining and others related to trade and investments for policy advocacy and to generate support for indigenous communities;
  • Build and strengthen collaboration and networking at the national level to pursue policy advocacy on the recognition of land rights such as in Thailand and Nepal;
  • Strengthen collaboration and advocacy at the local and national levels for proper and immediate implementation of the legal collective land rights recognition in India, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines, among others;
  • Prepare a report on the first year of the GCA campaign[4] covering achievements, activities, opportunities, challenges, as well as the way forward;
  • Develop concrete plan and strategies on the GCA as part of the overall strategic plan for 2017 -2020 to be adopted by the AIPP General Assembly on September, 2016;
  • Mobilize indigenous communities and organizations in Asia to take action together during the International Indigenous Peoples Day on 9 August, 2016 and beyond.

 

For more information, please CONTACT US:

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

www.aippnet.org

 

Joan Carling (Ms.)

Secretary General

joan@aippnet.org

 

Patricia Miranda Wattimena (Ms.)

Advocacy Coordinator

patricia@aippnet.org

 

 

 

[1] Data per 5 May, 2016

[2] 12 countries where AIPP members and partners are

[3] Target countries: Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Philippines, Timor Leste

[4] To be published on March, 2017

Drought stricken Farmers and Lumads seeking Food Aid, Killed and Brutally Dispersed

Last 1 April 2016, state forces brutally dispersed 6,000 Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines. They picketed the National Food Authority (NFA) demanding for food aid as they are suffering hunger due to massive crop failures caused by El Nino.

 We call on everyone to sign and share the petition below in change.org on the brutal dispersal and killings of Farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan City. Kindly click on this link: https://www.change.org/p/h-e-benigno-c-aquino-iii-food-not-bullets-drought-stricken-farmers-lumads-seeking-food-aid-killed-dispersed

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS: Petition to Malaysian authorities to stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang and other activists

Please find the petition below to Malaysian authorities to stop judicial harassment and intimidation against Jannie Lasimbang, former Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). We need your support and solidarity to fight against this selective prosecution against her and other activists aimed at sanctioning their legitimate human rights activities.

Please read the attached endorsement for more information and send in your endorsement (name of your organization and country) for the petition to our colleagues; Prabindra Shakya (prabin@aippnet.org) and Hpuji Naung (fuji@aippnet.org).

We look forward to receiving as many endorsements as possible. Kindly share this petition in your network as well.

Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.

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24 January 2016
Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak
Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia
Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building
Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya
Malaysia

Subject: Petition to stop judicial harassment against Jannie Lasimbang

Honorable Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the ongoing judicial harassment and intimidation against Ms. Jannie Lasimbang, a prominent human rights and indigenous rights leader, and call
on the Malaysian Government authorities to immediately drop all charges laid against her. We affirm that the targeted prosecution of Ms. Lasimbang, among other rights activists, is indicative of the closing space for civil society in Malaysia. We urge the Government to put an end to such prosecution and uphold the values of democracy and human rights.

Ms. Lasimbang is one of the former vice-chairpersons of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), which is a campaign endorsed by over 60 Malaysian NGOs seeking electoral reforms and promotion of democratic rights in Malaysia. She is the first person to be charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) for her role in organizing the fourth series of peaceful assemblies of (Bersih 4.0). The assemblies were held in major cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, on 29 and 30 August 2015. There were subsequent assemblies in over 70 cities around the world in support of the main assemblies in Malaysia.

The overnight rally in Kota Kinabalu had more than 3,000 people in attendance but ended two hours shy of its 24-hour target after a police barricade stopped some 1,000 participants of the assembly from walking towards the city. The police had questioned Ms. Lasimbang immediately after the Bersih 4.0 assembly ended, along with along with others for their alleged role in organizing the assembly. She was not arrested; it therefore came as surprise to her to be charged
nearly two months later.

Ms. Lasimbang was charged on 21 October 2015 at the Kota Kinabalu Magistrate Court under Section 9(5) of the PAA 2012 for allegedly organizing the Bersih 4.0 assembly at Likas Bay Park without giving a 10-day notice to the city police chief prior to the event, as required under Article 10(c) of the PAA 2012. T Ms. Maria Chin Abdullah, the Chairperson of Bersih 2.0 was also later also charged under the same section.

We are informed that although Bersih Sabah had submitted the form required for the 10-day notice, the failure to append a consent letter from the owner of the Likas Bay Park (City Hall) was construed as not giving the 10-day notice.

The Kota Kinabalu Magistrate allowed Ms. Lasimbang bail of RM3,000 (approx. USD 697) with a deposit of RM1,000 (USD 232) for the charge and set the court date for 13 November 2015 for case management and 23 and 24 November 2015 to hear the case. The case management has since been rescheduled to 20 January, and the hearing to 26 and 27 January 2016. We are gravely concerned that if convicted, Ms. Lasimbang faces a maximum fine of RM20,000 (USD 4646) for two counts of the same charge, one for each day of the 2-day event. She has pleaded not guilty.

Ms Lasimbang, a former commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) has also served as a member and chairperson of the UN Expert Mechanism on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), established by the Human Rights Council under the United Nations. Former Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, she is currently at the forefront of indigenous rights advocacy in Malaysia as the Secretary General of the
Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia, also known as Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS).

We affirm that the selective prosecution of Ms. Lasimbang and other activists in Malaysia constitutes violations of national and international human rights obligations of the State, including under UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The Declaration provides that for
the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels to meet or assemble peacefully (Art. 5(a)). It is the duty of State of Malaysia to “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone…against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration” (Art. 12).

We believe the ongoing judicial harassment of Ms. Lasimbang and others only aims at sanctioning their legitimate human rights activities. Thus, we call on the Malaysian authorities to immediately drop all charges against them and rather engage constructively with the human
rights activists for advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Malaysia.

Sincerely,

Joan Carling
Secretary General
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
www.aippnet.org

On behalf of the organizations listed in the below or annexed
Submitted via email to Hon’ble Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia, Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Main Block, Perdana Putra Building, Federal
Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Copied to
l Mr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Minister of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62546 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Email: webmaster@moha.gov.my

l Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
(SUHAKAM), Tingkat 11, Menara TH Perdana, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. Email: humanrights@suhakam.org.my; hasmyagam@suhakam.org.my

Sign on for support to the Global Call to Action on land rights!

This week is mobilization week for the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights!

We are looking for your active support to the Global Call to Action  by helping us mobilize and broaden its support base in the lead up to the launch of the campaign early 2016.

What is the Global Call to Action?

The Global Call to Action (GCA) is a worldwide alliance campaign, its goal is to ‘double the area of land recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020’. It is conceived as a response to the vast amount of communities and indigenous people’s – 1,5 billion globally – whose lands are being contested.

This has significant social and economic repercussions, poses additional challenges to climate change, and threatens the livelihoods and basic human dignity of some of the poorest men and women in the world.

As part of a global alliance uniting behind this goal, we can add value to efforts of existing organisations and movements at national level in a range of ways.

The GCA is designed to give a boost to groups and organisations that are fighting for community land rights, amplifying their voice internationally, providing a platform for dialogue and collaboration, technical tools, and enabling mobilisation and coordination of activities.

The GCA is guided by a set of clearly defined policy asks to a variety of audiences, and a Steering Group comprising land rights leaders and organisations, as well as world experts on the issue.

More information on all aspects of the GCA can be found on the GCA website http://landrightsnow.org .

 

Help us promote the Global Call to Action!

The Global Call to Action will officially start in early 2016, with the launch of a report. Our pre-launch strategy is to involve a critical mass of communities, organizations and supportive individuals to amplify and add weight to the launch, by signing on, either as individuals, or organizations/communities.

Naturally, once the GCA is formally launched in 2016, there will be additional action targeting wider supporter audiences, but that will come later.

Dozens of organizations and communities have already signed up, but we need to grow this.

Help us promote the Global Call to Action in the pre-launch period through your partners and networks, by taking the following actions:

  Send your organization’s full name, country and email address to: prabin@aippnet.orgbefore  December 10,2015 to signify your endorsement to this Global Call to Action and to receive updates

 Reach out to your social network online!

o   Suggested Tweet 1: I stand for #LandRightsNow! Sign up and support the Global Call for Action on Indigenous and Community #landrights, http://tinyurl.com/qaaxpms  (If you want to include a flashy graphic, see “.jpg” file attached for Twitter use)

o   Suggested Tweet 2: Do you support #LandRightsNow? Join us & support the Global Call for Action on Indigenous and Community #landrights http://tinyurl.com/qaaxpms

o   Suggested Tweet 3: Post a picture of yourself holding the hashtag #landrightsnow on social media (see #hashtag file in mobilization package).

 

Further questions?

Further information can be found on the online platform supporting the Global Call to Action: http://landrightsnow.org

 

Contacts

If you have queries about the GCA, please write to contact@landrightsnow.org

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS – Letter calling for immediate end to continued killings of and other abuses against Lumad (indigenous) peoples in Mindanao

Another Lumad leader and human rights defender was killed on 28 September in Mindanao of the Philippines and military troops tortured three other men the same day. At least Lumads and their rights advocates have been killed at the hands of the Philippine Army and paramilitary troops in the past eight months and the latest killing brings the total number of those killed under the current regime to 69. 
 
We call for your endorsements of the letter below in order to put collective pressure on the Philippine Government for the rights of Lumad peoples. Kindly send your endorsements  by Monday, 19 October to sarlawla@aippnet.org and prabin.aippnet.org
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Text of the letter
H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Malacañang Palace
JP Laurel Sr. San Miguel
Re: Calling for immediate end to continued killings of and other abuses against Lumad (indigenous) peoples in Mindanao
Dear President Aquino,
It is with extreme alarm that we received a report that another Lumad leader and human rights defender, Lito Abion, was killed on 28 September in San Luis, Agusan del Sur in Mindanao. On the same day in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, military troops reportedly tortured three Higaonon civilians in the course of an armed encounter between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the rebel New People’s Army (NPA). These incidents occurred while a credible investigation on the spate of killings and other abuses of Lumad leaders and community members and advocates over the last few months is yet to take place.
There is a common thread that connects all these killings:
• The victims are all leaders of Lumad communities who were accused of being members or supporters of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA).
• The communities where the victims come from are asserting their rights to decide on the kind of development they want while their lands are subject of mining applications.
• Paramilitary groups, who are themselves from indigenous communities, have been openly campaigning for the entry of mining companies and threatening those opposed to these, often in the presence of state security forces.
• There is military presence and armed conflict in the vicinity of the victims’ communities in indigenous territories.
Lito Abion, a member of the indigenous peoples’ organization Tagdumahan, which has been resisting entry of mining operations in the ancestral lands of Banwaon and Manobo peoples in the province, had returned in 2014 from a self-imposed sanctuary since 2005. At that time, a certain Mario Napungahan, a tribal leader and former NPA member who was later recruited as a member of the Civilian Auxiliary Force of the Philippine Army, wanted to merge his Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) with that of the Tagdumahan’s. He accused Tagdumahan leaders and members who refused to sign the application for a unified CADT as supporters or members of the NPA. Later, four Tagdumahan leaders were killed, forcing Abion to seek sanctuary.  When he returned to his community years after, Abion was earning a living as a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) driver. However, he is now dead – shot by two unidentified gunmen.
Meanwhile, the three Higaonon men had been gathering wild plants to use for various purposes like medicine, spice, among other things, in Balahan. They had taken cover when they heard gunfire. When the shooting stopped, they went out of their hiding place, however, the military troops saw and apprehended them. They were accused of being members of the NPA and were abused, beaten and tortured. The military took their photos and their fingerprints, and ordered them to sign a paper – the contents unknown to them – before finally releasing them.
Mr. President, your country is the first Asian country to legislate the recognition and respect of the rights of indigenous peoples through the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) to ensure that indigenous peoples’ right to determine and decide priorities for their development is respected (Sec. 17, IPRA). Your government has pledged that in periods of armed conflict, the indigenous peoples shall have the right to special protection and security, and that indigenous individuals will not be used against other indigenous communities (Sec. 22, IPRA). It has committed that no military activities shall take place in the lands or territories of indigenous peoples, “unless justified by a relevant public interest or otherwise freely agreed with or requested by the indigenous peoples concerned” (Art. 30, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)). It has reaffirmed its commitment to respect, promote and advance and in no way diminish the rights of indigenous peoples and to uphold the principles of the UNDRIP, at the conclusion of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014 (Para. 4, Outcome Document).
We urge you not to let Lito Abion and the three Higaonon men join the statistics of killed and abused Lumad human rights defenders and community members. At least thirteen have been killed at the hands of the Philippine Army and paramilitary troops in the past eight months. With Abion, a total of sixty-nine have been killed under the incumbent Aquino regime while there are hundreds of cases of harassments and arbitrary detentions and displacement of thousands of Lumads now living in evacuation camps across the region.
In response to the killings of three human rights defenders – a school director and two tribal leaders – in Surigao del Sur in September, UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples and on the situation of human rights defenders had called on the Philippine Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings. The Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions also endorsed the call. We welcome that the Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the transgressions against the Lumads of eastern and northern Mindanao in response to pressure inside and outside the Philippines on the issue. We call for an independent and transparent investigation to be conducted and broadened to look into the roles of not only the paramilitaries but also the Philippine army in the violence against the Lumads across Mindanao and the root causes of the transgressions in the region.
Further, we appeal to you to take immediate measures to disband all paramilitary groups, whether these are within the investment defense forces or not, and revoke the Executive Order 546, which legitimizes formation of such paramilitary groups.
Mr. President, as you move the peace process in Mindanao, let not the Lumad people be left behind. May your efforts at peace building be inclusive of addressing the Lumad peoples’ plight by fully implementing your commitments to the UNDRIP and the Outcome Document.
We call for your swift action on the matter.
Ms. Joan Carling
Secretary General
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
(On behalf of the organisations listed in the Annex)
Submitted by email to
H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph
Copied
Hon. Jose Luis Martin C. Gasco, Chair, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, comsec@chr.gov.ph,mmarianomaravilla@yahoo.com
Hon. Severo Catura, Presidential Human Rights Committee, phrc.phil@gmail.com
Hon. Nancy A. Catamco, Chair, Committee on National Cultural Communities, House of Representatives
Hon. Luzviminda C. Ilagan, Committee on National Cultural Communities, House of Representatives
Hon. Loren B. Legarda, Chair, Committee on Cultural Communities, Senate of the Philippines, loren@lorenlegarda.com.ph
Hon. Leila M. de Lima, Secretary, Department of Justice, info@doj.gov.phcommunications@doj.gov.ph
Ret. Lt. Gen. Voltaire T. Gazmin, Secretary, Department of National Defense
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, Chair, Justice and Human Rights Committee, kokopimenteloffice@yahoo.com
Rep. Guillermo Romarate Jr., Chair, Human Rights Committee, House of Representatives
Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo, Chair, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com
Hon. Democrito O.  Plaza, Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur, mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph
Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera, Mayor, Municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur
Hon. Yevgeny Emano, Governor, Province of Misamis Oriental
Hon. Redentor N. Salvaleon, Mayor, Municipality of Claveria, Misamis Oriental
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Otro defensor líder Lumad y los derechos humanos, fue asesinado el 28 de septiembre en Mindanao de las Filipinas y las tropas militares torturaron otros tres hombres el mismo día.
Al menos lumads y sus derechos defensores han sido asesinados a manos del Ejército de Filipinas y las tropas paramilitares en los últimos ocho meses y el último asesinato eleva el número total de las personas muertas en el régimen actual a 69. El ejército y los paramilitares continúan hostigando , detener arbitrariamente y torturar lumads. Miles de lumads ahora viven en campos de evacuación en toda la región. Una investigación creíble sobre la ola de asesinatos y otros abusos de los líderes Lumad y miembros de la comunidad y defensores en los últimos meses está por llevarse a cabo.
Hacemos un llamado a sus endosos de la siguiente carta (y apegados anexos adjunto) con el fin de ejercer presión colectiva sobre el Gobierno de Filipinas por los derechos de los pueblos Lumad. La amabilidad de enviarnos sus endosos (con el nombre de su organización y país) el lunes, 19 de octubre. Por favor, copie Sar Ley La (sarlawla@aippnet.org) en sus respuestas.
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Texto de la carta
ÉL. Benigno S. Aquino III
Presidente de la República de Filipinas
Palacio Malacañang
JP Laurel Sr. San Miguel
Re: El pedir el fin inmediato de continuos homicidios y otros abusos contra Lumad pueblos (indígenas) en Mindanao
Estimado Presidente Aquino,
Es con alarma extrema que recibimos un informe que otro líder Lumad y defensor de los derechos humanos, Lito Abion, fue asesinado el 28 de septiembre en San Luis, Agusan del Sur, en Mindanao. El mismo día en Claveria, Misamis Oriental, las tropas militares torturado a tres civiles Higaonon en el curso de un enfrentamiento armado entre las Fuerzas Armadas de Filipinas (AFP) y el rebelde Ejército del Pueblo (NPA). Estos incidentes ocurrieron mientras una investigación creíble sobre la ola de asesinatos y otros abusos de los líderes Lumad y miembros de la comunidad y defensores en los últimos meses está por llevarse a cabo.
Hay un hilo común que une todos estos asesinatos:
• Las víctimas son todos los líderes de las comunidades Lumad que fueron acusados de ser miembros o simpatizantes del Ejército de los Nuevos Pueblos (NPA).
• Las comunidades en las que las víctimas provienen de están afirmando su derecho a decidir sobre el tipo de desarrollo que quieren, mientras que sus tierras son objeto de solicitudes mineras.
• Los grupos paramilitares, que son ellos mismos de las comunidades indígenas, han estado haciendo campaña abiertamente por la entrada de empresas mineras y amenazando a quienes se oponen a ellos, a menudo en presencia de las fuerzas de seguridad del Estado.
• Hay presencia militar y el conflicto armado en las inmediaciones de las comunidades de las víctimas en los territorios indígenas.
Lito Abion, un miembro de la organización de los pueblos indígenas Tagdumahan, que ha estado resistiendo la entrada de las operaciones mineras en las tierras ancestrales de los pueblos banwaón y manobo de la provincia, había regresado en 2014 a partir de un santuario autoimpuesto desde el año 2005. En ese momento , un tal Mario Napungahan, un líder tribal y ex miembro NPA que más tarde fue reclutado como un miembro de la Fuerza Auxiliar Civil del Ejército de Filipinas, ha querido fusionar su Certificado de Título de Dominio Ancestral (CADT) con la de la Tagdumahan de. Acusó a los líderes Tagdumahan y miembros que se negaron a firmar la solicitud de CADT unificado como simpatizantes o miembros del NPA. Más tarde, cuatro líderes Tagdumahan murieron, lo que obligó Abion a buscar refugio. Cuando regresó a su comunidad después de años, Abion ganaba la vida como habal-habal (motocicleta de alquiler) conductor. Sin embargo, él ahora está muerto – disparado por dos hombres armados no identificados.
Mientras tanto, los tres hombres Higaonon habían estado reuniendo plantas silvestres a utilizar para diversos fines, como la medicina, la especia, entre otras cosas, en Balahan. Se habían puesto a cubierto cuando escucharon disparos. Cuando cesaron los disparos, salieron de su escondite, sin embargo, las tropas militares vieron y les detuvieron. Fueron acusados de ser miembros de la Academia de Policía y fueron abusados, golpeados y torturados. Los militares tomaron sus fotos y sus huellas digitales, y les ordenó que firmar un papel – los contenidos desconocidos para ellos – hasta que finalmente la liberación de ellos.
Señor Presidente, su país es el primer país asiático para legislar el reconocimiento y el respeto de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas a través de la Ley de Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IPRA) para garantizar el derecho que los pueblos indígenas a determinar y decidir las prioridades para el respeto de su desarrollo ( Sec. 17, IPRA). Su gobierno se ha comprometido a que en períodos de conflicto armado, los pueblos indígenas tienen derecho a la protección y la seguridad especial, y que las personas indígenas no serán utilizados contra otras comunidades indígenas (Art. 22, IPRA). Se ha comprometido a que no hay actividades militares se llevarán a cabo en las tierras o territorios de los pueblos indígenas “, a menos que lo justifique una razón de interés público pertinente o que lo acepten o soliciten libremente los pueblos indígenas interesados” (Art. 30, Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (DNUDPI)). Se ha reafirmado su compromiso de respetar, promover y avanzar y de ninguna manera disminuir los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y de defender los principios de la DNUDPI, en la conclusión de la Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos Indígenas en septiembre de 2014 (párr. 4, Documento Final ).
Le instamos a no dejar Lito Abion y los tres hombres Higaonon unen las estadísticas de los defensores de derechos humanos asesinados Lumad y maltratados y miembros de la comunidad. Al menos trece años han muerto a manos del Ejército de Filipinas y las tropas paramilitares en los últimos ocho meses. Con Abion, un total de sesenta y nueve años han sido asesinados bajo el régimen de Aquino titular, mientras que hay cientos de casos de acosos y detenciones arbitrarias y el desplazamiento de miles de lumads que ahora viven en campos de evacuación en toda la región.
En respuesta a los asesinatos de tres defensores de derechos humanos – un director de escuela y dos líderes tribales – en Surigao del Sur en septiembre de Relatores Especiales de la ONU sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y sobre la situación de los defensores de los derechos humanos habían pedido al Gobierno de Filipinas a poner en marcha una investigación completa e independiente sobre los asesinatos. El Relator sobre ejecuciones extrajudiciales, sumarias o arbitrarias también aprobó la llamada. Damos la bienvenida a que el Departamento de Justicia ha iniciado una investigación sobre las transgresiones contra los lumads del este y el norte de Mindanao, en respuesta a la presión dentro y fuera de las Filipinas en el tema. Hacemos un llamado para una investigación independiente y transparente que se realizará y amplió para examinar los papeles no sólo de los paramilitares, sino también el ejército de Filipinas en la violencia contra las lumads todo Mindanao y las causas profundas de las transgresiones de la región.
Además, hacemos un llamamiento a que tome medidas inmediatas para desmantelar todos los grupos paramilitares, ya sean dentro de las fuerzas de defensa de inversión o no, y revocar la Orden Ejecutiva 546, que legitima la formación de tales grupos paramilitares.
Señor Presidente, como usted se mueve el proceso de paz en Mindanao, no dejes que la gente Lumad ser dejados atrás. Que sus esfuerzos en la construcción de la paz ser incluyente de abordar difícil situación de los pueblos Lumad ‘aplicando plenamente sus compromisos con la DNUDPI y el documento final.
Hacemos un llamamiento para su rápida respuesta al respecto.
Sra. Joan Carling
secretario general
Indígenas de Asia Peoples Pact (AIPP)
(En nombre de las organizaciones que figuran en el anexo)
Enviado por correo electrónico a
ÉL. Benigno S. Aquino III, Presidente de la República de Filipinas, corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph
Copiado
Hon. José Luis Martín C. Gasco, Presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Filipinas, COMSEC @ chr.gov.ph, mmarianomaravilla @ yahoo.com
Hon. Severo Catura, Comité de Derechos Humanos de la Presidencia, phrc.phil@gmail.com
Hon. Nancy A. Catamco, Presidente, Comisión de Comunidades Culturales Nacionales, Cámara de Representantes
Hon. C. Luzviminda Ilagan, Comisión de Comunidades Culturales Nacionales, Cámara de Representantes
Hon. Loren Legarda B., Presidente, Comisión de las Comunidades Culturales, Senado de Filipinas, loren@lorenlegarda.com.ph
Hon. Leila M. de Lima, Secretario del Departamento de Justicia, info@doj.gov.ph, communications@doj.gov.ph
Retirado El teniente general T. Voltaire Gazmin, Secretario del Departamento de la Defensa Nacional
El senador Aquilino Pimentel III, Presidente del Comité de Justicia y Derechos Humanos, kokopimenteloffice@yahoo.com
Rep. Guillermo Romarate Jr., Presidente del Comité de Derechos Humanos de la Cámara de Representantes
Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo, Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas, chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com
Hon. Demócrito O. Plaza, el gobernador, Provincia de Agusan del Sur, mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph
Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera, Alcalde, Municipio de San Luis, Agusan del Sur
Hon. Yevgeny Emano, Gobernador, Provincia de Misamis Oriental
Hon. Redentor N. Salvaleon, Alcalde, Municipio de Claveria, Misamis Oriental