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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.
JOIN US! We Demand Land Rights Now!
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
208 CSOs and IPOs from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan
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.
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).
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.
- Briefing Paper: Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Customary Land Rights in Asia:http://aippnet.org/recognition-of-indigenous-peoples-customary-land-rights-in-asia/
- Policy Asks of the Call (2016 – 2020) (Thai version)
- Video on GCA produced by the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Alliance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yPaG1JEvHM
- Information sheet on GCA campaign activities in Asia
- Facebook Page, WE Demand #landrightsnow: https://www.facebook.com/LandRightsNow370/?fref=ts
- Video Materials of AIPP:
- Forest Conservation, a Message from Indigenous Women: http://aippnet.org/forest-conservation-a-message-from-indigenous-women/ In this video meet the women of Kouy indigenous peoples of Cambodia to discover more about what the forest means to them and how indigenous women have taken the lead to protect the forest;
- Our Land Our Lives: http://aippnet.org/our-land-our-lives/ This video tell about the impacts of Dawei Special Economic Zone in Southern Burma.
- Indigenous Knowledge and Forest Management in Northern Thailand:http://aippnet.org/indigenous-knowledge-and-forest-management-in-northern-thailand/ Deep in the mountain jungles of Northern Thailand, three indigenous communities joined hands for a common goal: sustainable management of their forest.
- Community Based Forest Management: Local Solutions to Global Challengeshttp://aippnet.org/community-based-forest-management-local-solutions-to-global-challenges/ This video focuses on the land use system of Lua (La-weu) indigenous peoples including sustainable practice of shifting cultivation in northern Thailand; and the challenges faced by the Bhagpani and Sitalupakha Women’s Community Forestry User Groups on forest management in Nepal.
- Rights in Action: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for Indigenous Peopleshttps://vimeo.com/66708050 This community-friendly animation video explains the mechanisms of FPIC through a story of interaction between indigenous peoples and people requesting their consent for new development.
WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW?
- Producing more campaign materials: videos and translation of campaign materials to a number of national languages
- 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
- 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 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
Joan Carling (Ms.)
Patricia Miranda Wattimena (Ms.)
 Data per 5 May, 2016
 12 countries where AIPP members and partners are
 Target countries: Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Philippines, Timor Leste
 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 3: Post a picture of yourself holding the hashtag #landrightsnow on social media (see #hashtag file in mobilization package).
Further information can be found on the online platform supporting the Global Call to Action: http://landrightsnow.org
If you have queries about the GCA, please write to email@example.com