EVENTS | Defend Our Rights!

Indigenous communities and environment defenders often face the brunt of environmental destruction and plunder. This is part of a systemic and orchestrated oppression and repression that leads to many forms of human rights violations among the frontline defenders. From Asia, Latin America to Africa, to countries in the north, frontline defenders and their communities are the most vulnerable both to the pollution and environmental destruction, and human rights violations being committed by the transnational corporations and authoritarian governments. But despite such repression, indigenous communities along with advocates and people’s organizations, continue to strengthen their ranks and solidarity to defend and reclaim their rights against the neoliberal offensive.

To broaden, sustain, and intensify the campaign on the assertion of rights of IP human rights activists and environment defenders in the context of the worsening human rights situation at the regional and global level, the International IPMSDL will host an Open Space forum at the Peoples’ Global Conference (PGC) Against IMF-WB entitled “Defend Our Rights! A Forum on the Human Rights Situation among Indigenous Rights Defenders and Communities.”

After the session is the public launch of the Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED), a platform for campaign collaboration and partnership in the struggle against corporate takeover and state offensives.

The forum will be at Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) Parking Lot, Densapar, Bali, Indonesia on October 11, 2018 (Thursday) at 2:00 pm.

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[Spanish]

DEFENDER NUESTROS DERECHOS!

Las comunidades indígenas y los defensores del medio ambiente suelen ser los más afectados por la destrucción y el saqueo del medio ambiente. Esto es parte de una opresión y represión sistémica y orquestada que conduce a muchas formas de violaciones de los derechos humanos entre los defensores de primera línea. Desde Asia, América Latina hasta África, pasando por los países del norte, los defensores de primera línea y sus comunidades son los más vulnerables tanto a la contaminación y la destrucción del medio ambiente como a las violaciones de los derechos humanos que cometen las empresas transnacionales y los gobiernos autoritarios. Pero a pesar de esta represión, las comunidades indígenas, junto con los defensores y las organizaciones populares, siguen fortaleciendo sus filas y su solidaridad para defender y reclamar sus derechos contra la ofensiva neoliberal.

Para ampliar, sostener e intensificar la campaña sobre la afirmación de los derechos de los activistas de derechos humanos y defensores del medio ambiente en el contexto del empeoramiento de la situación de los derechos humanos a nivel regional y mundial, la IPMSDL Internacional organizará un foro de Espacio Abierto en la Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos (PGC) contra el FMI-BM titulado “Defend Our Rights! Foro sobre la situación de los derechos humanos de los defensores de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas”.

Después de la sesión se realizará el lanzamiento público de la Red Asia-Pacífico de Defensores del Medio Ambiente (APNED), una plataforma para la colaboración y asociación de campañas en la lucha contra la toma de posesión por parte de las empresas y las ofensivas estatales.

El foro será en Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) Parking Lot, Densapar, Bali, Indonesia el 11 de octubre de 2018 (jueves) a las 2:00 pm.

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[French]

DÉFENDRE NOS DROITS !

Les communautés autochtones et les défenseurs de l’environnement sont souvent les premières victimes de la destruction et du pillage de l’environnement. Cela fait partie d’une oppression et d’une répression systémiques et orchestrées qui conduisent à de nombreuses formes de violations des droits humains parmi les défenseurs de première ligne. De l’Asie, de l’Amérique latine à l’Afrique, en passant par les pays du Nord, les défenseurs de première ligne et leurs communautés sont les plus vulnérables à la pollution, à la destruction de l’environnement et aux violations des droits humains commises par les sociétés transnationales et les gouvernements autoritaires. Mais malgré cette répression, les communautés autochtones, avec les défenseurs et les organisations populaires, continuent de renforcer leurs rangs et leur solidarité pour défendre et revendiquer leurs droits contre l’offensive néolibérale.

Afin d’élargir, de soutenir et d’intensifier la campagne sur l’affirmation des droits des militants des droits de propriété intellectuelle et des défenseurs de l’environnement dans le contexte de la dégradation de la situation des droits de l’homme aux niveaux régional et mondial, l’IPMSDL International organisera un forum Open Space à la Conférence mondiale des peuples (PGC) contre le FMI-BM intitulé “Defend Our Rights ! Forum sur la situation des droits humains des défenseurs des droits humains et des communautés autochtones.”

Après la session aura lieu le lancement public du Réseau Asie-Pacifique des défenseurs de l’environnement (APNED), une plate-forme de collaboration et de partenariat dans la lutte contre les prises de contrôle d’entreprises et les offensives de l’État.

Le forum aura lieu au parking de Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), Densapar, Bali, Indonésie, le 11 octobre 2018 (jeudi) à 14h00.

EVENTS | Building Solidarity in Ensuring State and Corporate Accountability & Advancing People-Centered Development Cooperation

A DEVELOPMENT ROAD MAP FOCUSING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, WORKERS, PEASANTS, WOMEN, URBAN POOR AND OPPRESSED SECTORS?

YES, WE CAN!

Learn about that and more at the Open Space event “Building Solidarity in Ensuring State and Corporate Accountability & Advancing People-Centered Development Cooperation” in the Asia Europe People’s Forum AEPF 2018 organized by International IPMSDL, People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty – Global, IBON International, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness and Youth4FoodSov. 9 am to 12 pm. September 30.

The AEPF is holding its 12th biennial People’s Forum in Ghent, Belgium on September 29 to October 1, 2018 with the theme “Building New Solidarities: Our emancipatory struggles within a new global context.”

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[SPANISH]

UNA HOJA DE RUTA PARA EL DESARROLLO CENTRADA EN LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS, LOS TRABAJADORES, LOS CAMPESINOS, LAS MUJERES, LOS POBRES DE LAS ZONAS URBANAS Y LOS SECTORES OPRIMIDOS?

SÍ, ¡PODEMOS!

Más información sobre esto y mucho más en el evento Open Space “Building Solidarity in Ensuring State and Corporate Accountability & Advancing People-Centered Development Cooperation” en el Asia Europe People’s Forum AEPF 2018 organizado por IPMSDL Internacional, People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty – Global, IBON International, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness y Youth4FoodSov. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 30 de septiembre.

La AEPF celebra su 12º Foro Popular bienal en Gante, Bélgica, del 29 de septiembre al 1 de octubre de 2018 con el tema “Construyendo nuevas solidaridades”: Nuestras luchas emancipadoras dentro de un nuevo contexto global”.

(Traducción realizada con el traductor DeepL.com)

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[FRENCH]

UNE FEUILLE DE ROUTE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT AXÉE SUR LES PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES, LES TRAVAILLEURS, LES PAYSANS, LES FEMMES, LES CITADINS PAUVRES ET LES SECTEURS OPPRIMÉS ?

OUI, NOUS POUVONS !

Apprenez-en plus à ce sujet et plus encore lors de l’événement “Building Solidarity in Ensuring State and Corporate Accountability &amp ; Advancing People-Centered Development Cooperation” du Forum des peuples Asie-Europe AEPF 2018 organisé par International IPMSDL, People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty – Global, IBON International, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness et Youth4FoodSov. 9h à 12h. Le 30 septembre.

L’AEPF organise son 12ème Forum biennal des Peuples à Gand, en Belgique, du 29 septembre au 1er octobre 2018 sur le thème “Construire de nouvelles solidarités” : Nos luttes émancipatrices dans un nouveau contexte mondial.”

(Traduit avec DeepL.com)

IPMSDL joins the 14th International Civil Society Week in Suva, Fiji

The CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Pacific Islands Association of NGO’s (PIANGO), co-hosted the 14th International Civil Society Week (ICSW) from 4-8 December in Suva, Fiji with the theme “Our Planet. Our Struggle. Our Future.” For the first time, the ICSW was held in the Pacific Region following the campaign to highlight the effects of climate change on small islands. The week’s programme consisted of a youth assembly, concurrent events, cultural festivities, and networking events that built up to the CIVICUS world assembly.

IPMSDL, as one of the event partners, sponsored a forum entitled Self-Determination and Liberation in the Pacific.  The forum, organized in partnership with Dewan Adat Papua and Land is Life, served as a space for organizations from the different island states in the region to share their struggles for self-determination and liberation and to establish solidarity among these nations through the introduction of Merdeka (West Papua Support Committee), which was initially launched during a study conference in Davao City, Philippines last March.

 

IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid facilitated the forum

The discussion on West Papua included the roots of conflict, the civil and political rights situation under Indonesian occupation – including the social and cultural rights, and the resistance movements formed in response to the injustices. The speakers from the Solomon Islands highlighted the rampant corruption, gender inequality, and foreign take-over of indigenous lands in their islands and how the struggle for self-determination in SI roots back to the Malaitans’ aspiration of governing themselves free from British interference. The sharing from Kanaky featured some individuals who made notable contributions to their independence movements such as political activist Jean-Marie Tijbaou.

From these stories, there existed a common theme of indigenous peoples’ marginalization in their own lands – from issues colonization and repression to modern-day deprivation of basic social services, freedom of speech, militarism, harassment, killings, and so on. These are the same issues from years ago that brought about a rich history of resistances and liberation movements in these island states and led to the formation of various people’s organization as we know today.

Referring to one of the interventions during the forum, although we may  live in the same region of the world, this does not necessarily mean that we are aware of what each nation is going through and this accentuates the significance of having avenues such as the forum for building international solidarity – while we can express our support for the struggle of other nations in various ways through our CSOs, NGOs, and POs, facing and winning our local battles is also one of the best means to urge other nations to win theirs. At the same time, we must also remember from our experiences that our legal battles are limited and constrained without the support of our mass movement on the ground.

By the end of the programme, the delegates wrote down on paper their call to actions and insights based on the discussion to support the struggles of West Papua and the Pacific Island states; among these are “Your liberation is our liberation”, “strengthen our partnerships amongst peoples who are also struggling for self-determination”, “self-determination is peoples’ right and government responsibility”, and “[to] liberate our land and resources is [to] liberate our life”.

 

Long live the struggle of West Papua for national liberation!

Merdeka for West Papua and all Pacific Island States!

2017 International Civil Society Week

Indigenous peoples make up the majority in most Pacific Islands. Yet, colonial and imperialist exploitation has led to them being national minorities in their own lands.

By the turn of the century, in spite of various reforms and international mechanisms that have been introduced to protect indigenous rights, environmental plunder and colonial inequalities still persisted. Environmental, social, and economic challenges brought about by capitalistic greed have inhibited the indigenous peoples’ access to basic human rights such as quality education, health services, housing, and sustainable livelihood. In response to the growing oppression, several independence and indigenous rights movements have risen in the region and until now, indigenous peoples and nations of the Pacific continue their struggle for independent nationhood.

IPMSDL, in collaboration with Dewan Adat Papua and Merdeka (West Papua Support Committee), brings you a plenary session on Self-Determination and Liberation in the Pacific, happening on December 6, 2017 as part of the 2017 International Civil Society Week in Suva, Fiji co-hosted by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Piango.

Register now!