Solidarity Message on Cordillera Day 2018

Achieve Greater Victories for The Indigenous Peoples of Cordillera and the World:
Unite to Resist Tyranny! Assert our Right to Self-Determination!

A Message of Solidarity of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) to the 34th Cordillera Day

In this occasion of Cordillera Day 2018, The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes the relentless struggle of Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the Cordillera! We extend our warmest greetings of solidarity to your celebration this April 22 – 25, 2018 in Asin, Baguio City.

The IPMSDL takes pride in recognizing the vital and active part of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) in paving the way of a broad and united alliance of IP organizations and rights advocates in the Philippines, in Asia, and in the international platform. In November 2010, also here in Baguio City, during the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to the Climate Crisis, the IPMSDL was established with the CPA as one of its founding organizations.

With highest regards, the IP movements across the globe take inspiration from the victories as well as learnings from the continuing and persistent struggle of the Cordillera people for land, rights, and territories. We bestow honor to Ama Macliing Dulag and the countless IP martyrs killed by the fascist State forces and local cohorts of the imperialist plunderers. We aspire to make our IP heroes proud of how far we have struggled in carrying on the fight for the defense of territories and ways of life and for self-determination.

In the midst of spiraling global economic crises, the imperialist states have intensified worldwide geopolitical conflicts and neoliberal assaults that put the majority of the people in widespread impoverishment, trample human rights, and control over our lands and resources. In the Cordillera, the people are haunted by the multi-million dollar Chico River Pump Irrigation Project by the Philippine and Chinese governments – an outright sell-out of natural resources and ancestral lands, and further corporatization of agricultural services to foreign investors. Moreover, the Duterte regime has continued to adhere to neoliberal framework of development implementing anti-people and anti-poor policies and programs such as the tax reform law, jeepney phase out, mining, energy projects, drug war, and Oplan Kapayaan among others that have brought serious poverty incidence, unemployment, heightened militarization, forced evacuation of Indigenous communities, and unprecedented human rights violations.

Instead of heeding the calls and legitimate demands of the Cordillera people for democratic rights, the government attacks known Indigenous rights activists and labelled them as terrorists. Cordillera rights activists who were tagged as enemies of the State include IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget, SANDUGO Co-Chairperson Joanna Cariño, former AIPP Secretary General Joan Carling, former member of UN EMRIP Jose Molintas, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, and a leader of Tontongan ti Umili Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding. The Duterte regime is desperate to cripple the Cordillera mass movement by demonizing IP leaders, advocates, and organizations. This further exposed the tyrannical fascist rule of Duterte in silencing all dissents and amassing all State powers into a one iron fist against the toiling Filipino masses. Duterte has proven that he is an ultimate cuddler of landlords, oligarchs, and foreign businesses who exploit the lands and resources of our Indigenous communities.

History has shown, time and again, that exploitation and oppression breed resistance. Injustice only challenges the exploited to persevere and fight for their rights. The linking of the Indigenous Peoples’ struggle to the struggle of all oppressed peoples – strengthens, consolidates and unites in achieving triumphs and raising our struggle for self-determination and liberation to new and greater heights.

Let us learn from the rich history and victories of the IP struggle in defense of rights and dignity and assertion of self-determined sustainable development. Let us pay tribute to the Indigenous men and women heroes who sacrificed their lives in defense of our rights, lands, and territories!

Let us strengthen our unity and solidarity as we broaden our linkages and struggle to defeat all attempts of the tyrant and despotic Duterte regime in trampling down our rights! In the tradition of collective and militant struggle of Cordillera people for self-determination, greater victories are ours!

LONG LIVE THE 34TH CORDILLERA DAY!
DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES AND WAYS OF LIFE!
UNITE TO RESIST TYRANNY! NO TO US-DUTERTE FASCIST RULE!
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD TO SELF-DETERMINATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND LIBERATION!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

 

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

On the Detention of Jerome Succor Aba

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self- Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) indignantly condemns the unjust deportation of Jerome Succor Aba, a Moro leader and peace advocate in the Philippines, after being arbitrarily detained by the US immigration authorities at the San Francisco International Airport.

Aba, the vice-chairperson of Sandugo – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination, is scheduled for immediate deportation on April 18, US time. But 24 hours of detentioned passed, authorities failed to give any basis or explanation on the reasons of denial of entry. He was also unlawfully denied his right to any legal counsel, and denied any access to communication to talk with his hosts and friends in San Francisco, USA.

Aba was scheduled to attend the Sixteenth National Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) for Global Peace with Justice in Washington D.C. on April 20 to 23. He was set to join various activities in the USA to speak about the human rights and martial law situation in Mindanao, Southern part of the Philippines, under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The event is organized by US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Sisters of Mercy, and the General Board of Global Ministries-United Methodist Church as part of the annual national gathering of churches on peace and social justice. The Stop The Killings Speaking Tour sponsored by International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines will also have him as a resource speaker during his stay in the US.

Aba was set to expose the role of the US military in the atrocities against the national minorities in Mindanao, especially at the height of the siege in Marawi, showing the outright intervention of US military facilities, weapons, and troops. Thousands of Meranaw, Moro peoples of Marawi, were forcibly evacuated and up to the present are not allowed to go back home.

Under current state of martial law and the fascist attacks of the Duterte administration, harassments, intimidations, massacres, killings, forced mass evacuations and other human rights abuses to Indigenous Peoples and other sectors has been rampant.

Last February 2018, the Philippine government tagged several progressive leaders and Indigenous activists as terrorists, including Beverly Longid, the global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness) Co-chair. These steps are blatant recourse of the state in criminalizing the dissent and legitimate struggles of the people by treating such as terrorist acts. These are cunning attacks against the peoples’ clamor for justice against the plunder of Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral lands and resources.

We condemn the deportation of Jerome Succor Aba by the US government! We denounce this move of the US government to prevent Jerome from exposing the culpability of the US military forces and the Philippine government in all atrocities against the Filipino people! We call on our international friends and allies to condemn the harassment against Jerome Succor Aba! We call on all organizations, individual and advocates to stand in solidarity with us and to support the campaign to put an end to criminalization of IP and human rights activists!

STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION & HARASSMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!

Reference: Beverly Longid | IPMSDL Global Coordinator

Solidarity Message on Mangyan Day 2018

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IPMSDL Solidarity Message to Mangyan Day 2018:
Unite and Triumph for the rights of the Mangyan and all Indigenous Peoples of the World!

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) extends its warmest greetings of unity to the Mangyan communities in the Philippines and their partner organizations in their celebration of the 11th Mangyan Day this April 13 to 16 in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

As we celebrate the victories in defending your lands and territories, we also pay tribute to all Mangyan heroes and martyrs who fell preys of the bloodied claws of the fascist State forces. In this timely occasion, we forge unity in your continuing struggle for the right to self-determination and development.

Historically, the hand of capitalists and their local cohorts operates to intensify natural resource plunder in the guise of so-called development projects such as the National Greening Program (NGP), renewable energy projects, and mining operations. These projects in their communities have caused displacement, conflict and division, loss of livelihood, and environmental degradation. Clearly, it exacerbates the already grave condition of Mangyan communities – the Hanunoo, Alangan, Gubatnon, Iraya, Buhid, Bangon, and Tadyawan – and pushes them further to the margin. Despite this, the Mangyan communities have remained steadfast in consolidating their ranks to collectively fight for their rights to lands and resources.

And now, in the increasing attacks of the Philippine Government to human rights activists and defenders, human rights situation is expected to worsen. Vehement militarization, threats and arrests of Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders and their organizations, and their hunger to silence our calls is more evident than ever in many Indigenous communities across the country.

The Indigenous Peoples all over the world that confront these similar issues stand by your struggles. The international community is hand in hand in strengthening and expanding our unity to defeat all forms of oppression and exploitation!

We call on all Indigenous communities, organizations, and advocates to drumbeat and amplify our call to forward the fight in defending our ancestral lands, resources, and territories. Together, let us strive to expand and strengthen international solidarity against imperialism!

The victory is for the Mangyan communities and all peoples who face the challenge with unwavering unity! The victory is ours!

UNITE AND TRIUMPH FOR THE RIGHTS OF MANGYAN COMMUNITIES TO LANDS AND TERRITORIES! LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND DEVELOPMENT!


Pahayag ng Pakikipagkaisa ng IPMSDL sa Mangyan Day 2018:
Magkaisa at Magtagumpay para sa Karapatan ng mga Mangyan at ng Lahat ng Katutubo sa Buong Mundo!

Maalab na pagbati ng pakikipagkaisa ang ipinaaabot ng Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) sa mga Katutubong Mangyan sa Pilipinas at mga kasamang organisasyon sa pagdiriwang ng ika-11 taon ng Mangyan Day sa ika-13 hanggang ika-16 ng Abril sa Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

Sa ating pagdiriwang ng mga tagumpay sa pagdepensa sa inyong lupang ninuno at teritoryo, nagbibigay pugay din tayo sa lahat ng bayani at martir ng Mangyan na biniktima ng kalawit ng pasistang pwersa ng estado. Sa panahong ito, matatag ninyo kaming kaisa sa inyong nagpapatuloy na laban para sa karapatan sa pagkakakilanlan at kaunlaran.

Sa kasaysayan, tumitindi ang sabwatan ng galamay ng kapitalista at mga lokal na tuta nito sa pandarambong ng mga likas na yaman sa mukha ng National Greening Program (NGP), renewable energy projects, at mga minahan. Ang mga proyektong ito sa kanilang mga komunidad ay nagdulot ng pagpapalayas, sigalot at pagkakawatak-watak, kawalan ng kabuhayan at pakasira ng kalikasan. Malinaw na pinalalala pa nito ang paghihirap ng mga komunidad ng Mangyan – ang mga Hanunoo, Alangan, Gubatnon, Iraya, Buhid, Bangon, at Tadyawan – at itinutulak sila sa bingit ng laylayan. Sa kabila nito, nananatiling matatag ang mga Mangyan sa konsolidasyon ng kanilang hanay upang kolektibong ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan sa lupa at likas-yaman.

At ngayon, sa lumalalang pag-atake ng kasalukuyang administrasyon sa mga aktibista at tagapagtanggol ng karapatang pantao, mas masahol ang mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao. Kabi-kabilang militarisasyon, pananakot at panghuhuli sa mga lider-katutubo at kanilang organisasyon, higit na litaw ang kanilang pagkaganid na patahimikin ang ipinaglalaban ng mga katutubo sa buong bansa.

Kaisa ninyo sa inyong laban ang lahat ng katutubo sa buong mundo na humaharap parehong mga usapin. Ang pandaigdigang komunidad ay hawak-kamay sa pagbuo at pagpapalawak ng pagkakaisa upang gapiin ang lahat ng uri ng pang-aalipin at pagsasamantala!

Malakas ang aming panawagan — itambol ng lahat ng komunidad ng mga katutubo, mga organisasyon at kanilang tagapagtaguyod ang pagsusulong ng laban sa pagdepensa sa mga lupang ninuno, likas-yaman at teritoryo. Sama-sama nating palawakin at patibayin ang pandaigdigang pagkakaisa laban sa imperyalismo!

Ang tagumpay ay nakalaan sa mga katutubong Mangyan at sa lahat ng humaharap sa hamon nang may matibay pagkakaisa! Ang tagumpay ay nakalaan sa sambayanan!

MAGKAISA AT MAGTAGUMPAY PARA SA KARAPATAN SA LUPA AT TERITORYO NG KATUTUBONG MANGYAN! MABUHAY ANG PAKIKIBAKA NG KATUTUBO PARA SA PAGKAKAKILANLAN AT KAUNLARAN!

 

Reference: Beverly Longid | IPMSDL Global Coordinator

Kawsak Sacha: An Assertion of the Right to Self-Determination

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Kawsak Sacha: An Assertion of the Right to Self-Determination

Statement of Support of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) for Kawsak Sacha of the Kichwa of Sarayaku

The Kichwa of Sarayaku, Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, has one of the richest histories across Latin America in defending their territories against plunder and exploitation. Companies and governments have had several attempts to enter the territories of Sarayaku for oil, timber, and minerals extraction. But the determination of the Sarayaku community to defend their territories never faltered. In 2012, the Kichwa people were victorious in stopping oil exploration that could have devastated their ancestral lands, displaced them from their communities, and brought serious ecological damage to the entire Amazon. In spite of this victory, the Kichwa people remain steadfast in protecting the Amazon forest, which is critical in their survival.

The Indigenous Peoples of Sarayaku are active in all fronts to preserve their territory for the future generations. They engage in grassroots actions to stop the entry of companies, community organizing, lobbying and dialogues with the Ecuadorian government, UN processes to seek support, and international solidarity work to build broad network for their campaigns.

Last March 24, 2018 in an international gathering in their community, the Sarayaku upheld the Kawsak Sacha or The Living Forest. This is a proposal made by and for the Kichwa of Sarayaku. The proposal banks on three basic principles: the recognition of their territory and their commitment to its protection and conservation against plunder, the viability and practice of their culture that emanates from their relationship with the land and all biodiversity therein, and, implement a model of life plan and exercise of self-determination.

The IPMSDL believes that Kawsak Sacha is a continuing fight of the Kichwa people in asserting their rights to land, self-determination and way of life amidst the global pressure of imperialist domination. Kawsak Sacha is an invaluable contribution of the Sarayaku community to the world that brings proofs of the sustainability of Indigenous practices and traditions in utilization and management of natural resources.

It counter poses the prevailing notion that Indigenous Peoples are anti-development. Rather, it is an alternative model to the capitalist system that plunders our territories and natural resources for super profits of the few. It is a practice of self-determined sustainable development. Hence, a better world is possible.

Kawsak Sacha reflects the collective effort and strong political will of all Sarayaku people to survive. It is in this light that solidarity among the Sarayaku, other Indigenous Peoples, and all the oppressed and marginalized peoples of the world shall be promoted and strengthened against a common enemy that perpetuates injustices.

It is in this context that IPMSDL supports Kawsak Sacha and their struggle for land, life, and resources against further exploitation. We encourage all – indigenous and non-indigenous peoples – to read, study and share the document. Hopefully, in its practice and application, Kawsak Sacha shall be further enhanced.

LONG LIVE KAWSAK SACHA!
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF THE SARAYAKU PEOPLE AND ALL INDIGENOUS AND OPPRESSED PEOPLES OF THE WORLD!
UNITE AND STRUGGLE FOR OUR RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION!

 

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El Kawsak Sacha: una consagración del derecho a la autodeterminación

Declaración de apoyo del Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Liberación y la Autodeterminación (IPMSDL) al Kawsak Sacha de los kichwa de Sarayaku

Los kichwa de Sarayaku, un pueblo indígena de la selva amazónica del Ecuador, poseen una de las experiencias más curtidas en toda Latinoamérica a la hora de defender su territorio contra la explotación y el expolio. Numerosos son los gobiernos y las compañías que han intentado entrar en el territorio de Sarayaku en busca de petróleo, madera y minerales. Sin embargo, la determinación con la que la comunidad de Sarayaku defiende su territorio nunca ha flaqueado. En 2012, los kichwa lograron paralizar unas exploraciones petrolíferas que, de haber seguido adelante, habrían conllevado la destrucción de su territorio ancestral, el desplazamiento de sus comunidades y daños medioambientales graves en toda la región del Amazonas. Alcanzaron la victoria, pero no por ello el pueblo kichwa ha cejado en su empeño por proteger la selva amazónica, un elemento crucial para su supervivencia.

Los pueblos indígenas de Sarayaku combaten activamente en todos los frentes posibles con el fin de preservar su territorio para las generaciones venideras. Participan activamente en acciones sobre el terreno para paralizar la entrada de las empresas, así como en la organización de la comunidad, iniciativas de cabildeo, diálogos con el gobierno de Ecuador, procesos de la ONU para reunir apoyo y proyectos de solidaridad internacional para tejer una amplia red para sus campañas.

El pasado 24 de marzo de 2018, en un encuentro internacional en su comunidad, los pueblos de Sarayaku defendieron el Kawsak Sacha o “selva viviente”. Se trata de una propuesta realizada por y para los kichwa de Sarayaku. Se basa en tres principios básicos: el reconocimiento de su territorio y de su compromiso a protegerlo y conservarlo frente al expolio; la viabilidad y práctica de su cultura, que emana de su relación con la tierra y toda su biodiversidad; y la implementación de un modelo de plan de vida y ejercicio de autodeterminación.

A ojos del IPMSDL, el Kawsak Sacha representa una continuación de la lucha del pueblo kichwa por consagrar sus derechos sobre la tierra, así como a la autodeterminación y a conservar su estilo de vida en un contexto de presión global por la dominación imperialista. Con el Kawsak Sacha, la comunidad de Sarayaku aporta una contribución de un valor inestimable al planeta. Se trata de una prueba de la sostenibilidad de las tradiciones y prácticas indígenas en cuanto al uso y la gestión de los recursos naturales.

Este modelo se contrapone a la idea prevalente de que los pueblos indígenas están en contra del desarrollo; por el contrario, representa un modelo alternativo al sistema capitalista, que expolia nuestros territorios y nuestros recursos naturales para el gran beneficio de tan solo unos pocos. Conforma una práctica de desarrollo sostenible y autodeterminado gracias a la cual un mejor mundo es posible.

Mediante el Kawsak Sacha, la comunidad de Sarayaku hace gala de un esfuerzo colectivo y una sólida voluntad política por sobrevivir. En este contexto, queremos promover y reforzar la solidaridad entre la comunidad de Sarayaku, los otros pueblos indígenas y todos los pueblos marginados y oprimidos del mundo frente a un enemigo común perpetuador de injusticias.

Por todo ello, el IPMSDL respalda el Kawsak Sacha y su lucha por la tierra, la vida y los recursos frente a la explotación creciente. Alentamos a todos, ya sean pueblos indígenas o no indígenas, a que lean, estudien y compartan el documento. Con suerte, el Kawsak Sacha se verá fortalecido en el futuro, tanto en la práctica como en su aplicación.

¡VIVA EL KAWSAK SACHA!
¡VIVA LA LUCHA DE LOS PUEBLOS DE SARAYAKU Y DE TODOS LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS Y OPRIMIDOS DEL MUNDO!
¡UNÁMONOS Y LUCHEMOS POR NUESTRO DERECHO A LA AUTODETERMINACIÓN Y A LA LIBERACIÓN!

On the Palace’s remarks tagging HROs as tools of drug lords

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
reiterates its condemnation of the Philippine Government’s attack against human rights activists and
organizations. After tagging IP leaders and human rights defenders as terrorists, the Duterte
administration is hell-bent in demonizing its critics and silencing democratic dissent by claiming that
human rights organizations (HROs) are “unwitting tools of drug lords to hinder the strides made by the
administration [on the war against drugs].”

This newest tirade against HR defenders proves that previous efforts to delegitimize principled criticism
have failed miserably, after strong condemnation domestically and internationally. Tactics like this further
unmasks the anti-people character of the administration. This psy-war against HR defenders is nothing
short of concealment for the administration’s failure to address the root causes of poverty, inequality,
and marginalization, and its ineptitude to bring change that the President has promised.

While the administration continues to claim that their war against drugs are harboring positive results,
the President and his team are hypocrites as they have been purposely turning a blind eye on big drug
personalities, including the reported involvement of former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in a drug
syndicate. This administration’s Department of Justice has easily named 600+ individuals as “terrorists”
without any evidence while acquitting self-confessed drug lords, Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim.

Together with other movements in the country, we strongly oppose the administration’s war against
drugs. This war, which has only led to the massacre of thousands of the country’s poor, including
Indigenous Peoples, is nothing but a desperate move by the government to pacify social unrest. We
challenge the President to address issues of land rights, unemployment, inaccessibility of education,
among others, and stop silencing and discrediting those who rightfully fight for the rights of the people.

In these trying times when the state is purposely sowing confusion and mistrust among the people, let us
remain vigilant and stand our ground against Duterte’s tyrannical rule. IPMSDL stands with human rights
activists all over the world fighting for freedom and genuine democracy.

CONDEMN DUTERTE’S TERRORIST RULE!

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE NOT TERRORISTS! STOP CRIMINALIZING DISSENT!

Condemn the Duterte Government’s Terrorist Rule!

CASE BRIEF: Petition to Proscribe [Civil Case R-MNL 18-00925 CV]
The Department of Justice vs. The Communist Party of the Philippines and The New Peoples Army aka Bagong Hukbong Bayan

NATURE OF THE PETITION

On February 21, 2018, the Department of Justice (DoJ) an executive agency of the Republic of the Philippines filed a petition with the Regional Trial Court, Branch 19 of the National Capital Region against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA). The said petition seeks to declare the CPP and NPA “as a terrorist and outlawed organizations, associations, and/or group of persons” under the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2017 (Republic Act 9372) also known as the Anti-Terrorism law.

The Human Security Act defines and penalizes terrorism under existing provisions of the Revised Penal Code and several criminal laws mainly through acts it perceives that “thereby sowing and creating a condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace, in order to coerce the government to give to an unlawful demand” and “to overthrow the duly constituted authorities and to seize control of the Philippine Government through armed struggle.” It carries a penalty of forty (40) years imprisonment without the benefit of parole.

Integral to the petition is a list of 656 names that the DoJ claims to be known officers and members of the CPP and NPA. While the petition is directed to the CPP and NPA, the inclusion of the names in the said petition also seeks or has the effect to declare those named also as terrorists. Thus, it puts them at risk for warrantless arrests and detention, even torture, enforced disappearance or extrajudicial killing.

While the petition is based on a penal law i.e. the HSA, the petition for proscription is not a criminal case.  It is a civil case.  Hence, the Court shall not issue a warrant of arrest in this case for the individuals named in the petition. However, under the HSA, the government can consider said individuals as suspects of the crime of terrorism. The law allows any police or law enforcement agent to arrest and detain for three days without warrant said suspects on written authority of the Anti-Terrorism Council provided that such arrest was carried out after a Court of Appeals-authorized surveillance and examination of bank deposits. Just the same, from our experience in the cases of trumped-up charges against activists, many were arrested and detained even without a warrant with the police routinely using planted firearms and explosives.

“TERRORIST” LIST

Named in the petition are activists belonging to legitimate organizations including Indigenous Peoples (IP), notably,

  1. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, current United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, former Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and former Chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA);
  2. Beverly Longid, current global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), former CPA Chair and current Advisory Council member;
  3. Joan Carling, current Member and Co-Convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, former Secretary General of the Asian Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP), and former member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
  4. Atty. Jose Molintas, former Asia representative to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), former CPA Chair and current Advisory Council member;
  5. Joanna Cariño, member of the CPA Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the SANDUGO Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self Determination;
  6. Windel Bolinget, current Chairperson of the CPA and National Co-convenor of KATRIBU National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines;
  7. Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, former Chairperson of CPA-Tongtongan ti Umili and current Regional Coordinator of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers – Cordillera;
  8. Sherwin de Vera, Regional Coordinator of DEFEND Ilocos, member of the Save The Abra River Movement (STARM) and former Secretary General of the Ilocos Human Rights Alliance- Karapatan; and
  9. Lumad elders and leaders from Mindanao.

The list is largely composed of aliases and unknown persons John and Jane Does, which allows the amendment of the petition to include any other persons.

Suspiciously, “the list also contains seven names of paramilitary group members including four from the notorious New Indigenous Peoples’ Army (NIPAR), led by Alde ‘Butchoy’ Salusad, who have standing warrants for the killing of Lumad leader Datu Jimmy Liguyon” in 2012. These paramilitary claim to be former NPA and openly admitted to have surrendered to the military. Most likely, the government shall use them as state witnesses against the activists so listed.

LEGAL ACTION

The DoJ to support its petition cites several alleged documents of the CPP and NPA, and incidents, and pending criminal cases that are probably trump-up in several trial courts in the country as acts of terrorism. However, nothing in the petition proves the government’s allegation that the persons named therein are officers and members of the CPP and NPA nor does it state the involvement of said persons in the stated incidents and pending cases.

The above charges are not only false and fabricated. They are baseless and malicious with intent to harass and intimidate those listed in the petition and the people’s mass movement to submission. It is meant to cripple the people’s mass movement in the country and criminalize the legitimate struggles of the people by treating such as terrorist acts.

We appeal to all to support the campaign of activists under attack in the Philippines. You can issue statements of concern and condemnation, sign our online urgent action addressed to the Philippines President and concerned government agencies, write your government to stop military and security aid to the Philippines, and join actions here and abroad. You can also show your support by contributing to the campaign and legal defence fund.

Those listed in the petition have implemented security measures to ensure their safety and security while allowing them to continue their work and advocacy. Those who have been served with summons like Satur Ocampo and Rafael Baylosis as movants (not as respondents) filed with the Court their respective motion to dismiss.  Others where the Court has not yet gained jurisdiction over their persons (either through service of summons or publication) are in the process of consulting with lawyers on how to proceed for the dismissal of the petition, delist their names from the said list, and ensure that their life and rights are protected.  They shall definitely look into the accountability of those responsible for putting not only their lives but also those of their colleagues, families and loved ones in danger. EOF/BLL

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) strongly condemns the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) harassment of human rights defenders in the Philippines by filing trumped-up charges against alleged terrorists.

The Government of the Philippines, through the DOJ, filed a petition in court naming over 600 leaders and activists as terrorists for allegedly “using acts of terror to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government”. Among the accused is IPMSDL Global Coordinator and CPDE (CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness) Co-chair, Beverly Longid. Beverly is an Indigenous Bontok-Kankanaey activist from Cordillera, who has served various national and international organizations and alliances upholding Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) right to self-determination and liberation.

Other Indigenous rights activists included in the petition are Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Chairperson Windel Bolinget; SANDUGO co-chairperson Joanna Cariño; former Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Secretary-General Joan Carling; former member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) Jose Molintas, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz; and at least 10 Lumad leaders from southern and northern Mindanao.

The above charges are not only false and fabricated. They are baseless and malicious with intent to harass and intimidate those listed in the petition and the people’s mass movement to submission. It is meant to cripple the people’s mass movement in the country and criminalize the legitimate struggles of the people by proscribing them as terrorist acts.

We condemn the Duterte government for filing trumped-up charges against IP and human rights defenders while protecting big businesses and landlords who steal and plunder indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands and resources.
Nevertheless, the government is gravely mistaken if it believes that intimidation and harassment will stop the people from fighting back and exercising their democratic rights. While injustice prevails and human rights are violated with impunity, there will be more human rights defenders who will rise up against tyranny.

We demand that the Government of the Philippines drop all trumped-up charges against human rights defenders be accountable for all human rights violations committed – directly through killings, torture, forced evacuations, etc.; and indirectly through the inaction and inutility of mandated government agencies such as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. We call on our international friends and allies to stand in solidarity with us and to support the campaign to put an end to criminalization of IP and human rights activists!

STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION & HARASSMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS!

FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

On the 2018 International Women’s Day

On the Frontline: Indigenous Women Rise to Struggle for Self-Determination

This International Women’s Day, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes the women of the world who stand for the rights of Indigenous Peoples (IP)! We celebrate the invaluable contributions that Indigenous women have made and continue to make for the advancement of the global struggle for self-determination and liberation! They have marched, protested, and fought for us and with us all the while tending to our families, working multiple jobs, and dealing with the institutionalized discrimination and gender biases.

It comes as no surprise that Indigenous women are found in the frontlines of movements defending Indigenous lands and cultures as historically, they have always enjoyed prominent roles in human affairs be it as community leaders, healers, artists, or warriors. However, during the onslaught of colonization and when private interests took over, the women’s role in our economic, political, and socio-cultural survival was purposely belittled if not totally invisible.

This manifests until today in the cases of Maxima Acuña, an indigenous farmer living in the highlands of Peru (i) and Patricia Gualinga, a Kichwa leader from Ecuador (ii) who both have stood for the IP’s right to free, prior, and informed consent and spoke against destructive mining industry in Latin America and are being harassed and threatened for it. As in Cordillera, women human rights defenders currently face trumped-up charges for belonging in people’s organizations that work for the promotion and respect of Indigenous peoples’ rights (iii) similar to Ahmed Tamimi of Palestine who was arrested for standing up against abusive Israeli soldiers occupying their homeland (iv). Meanwhile, the story of the Kuy women of Preah Vihear who vigorously lead the campaign against a Chinese sugar company’s land grabbing remains unknown in most parts of the world (v).

Although employing different forms of struggle, these women act so that the generations to come could inherit a sustainable and livable planet and yet they are constantly attacked through extrajudicial killings, trumped-up charges, forced evacuation, harassment, intimidation, and illegal arrests by the very state that is mandated to protect them. The Aboriginals in Canada’s plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women is similar to the situation of West Papuan women who are constantly subjected to shootings, torture, and sexual violence under Indonesian occupation just as criminalization of human rights and environmental defenders to discredit the Indigenous resistance in Latin America is also a tactic used widely by governments in Southeast Asia.

That is why on this day, we also remember the women who have offered their lives in the pursuit of a world free from all forms of oppression. From Honduras’ Berta Caceres to the Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters of Rojava – these women have truly exemplified gender emancipation by choosing not to remain in subordinate positions as dictated by the exploitative system. More will rise from their ranks as long as injustice abounds.
In these times when there are systematic attempts to disempower Indigenous women, IPMSDL invites all Indigenous peoples and advocates to stand in solidarity with them in upholding our fundamental human rights. Join us in demanding accountability from states, corporate actors, and international financial institutions that sabotage our sovereignty and liberties, and put an end to all forms of violence against women! We call on all Indigenous women to take part in the struggle for our right to self-determination!

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Reference: Beverly Longid, IPMSDL Global Coordinator, ipmsdl@gmail.com

i https://www.facebook.com/telesurenglish/videos/1302858836524182/
ii https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/patricia-gualinga-attacked-received-death-threats
iii http://www.karapatan.org/URGENT+ALERT%3A+Stop+the+Attacks+on+Women+Human+Rights+Defenders+in+the+Cordillera%2C+Philippines
iv https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Israel-Denies-Bail-to-Palestinian-Teenager-Ahed-Tamimi-20180117-0024.html
v https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-landrights-farming/women-lead-sugar-fight-as-cambodia-sours-on-land-deals-idUSKBN1D9216

On the Killing of Ricardo Mayumi

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) strongly condemns the killing of Ricardo Mayumi, an indigenous and environmental activist from Ifugao, Cordillera. Mayumi was shot dead inside his house last March 2 by suspected members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Units (CAFGU). The CAFGU are paramilitary units that function as private armies of corporations, under the tutelage of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Mayumi, a member of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), was known for his active stance against the Sta. Clara International Corporation and Ayala Corporation’s hydroelectric project in Tinoc, Ifugao. According to the IPM, he defended the ancestral lands of the Cordillera during his engagements with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and some Congress representatives. Prior to the incident, Mayumi already received death threats through phone calls and messages.

The continuing harassment and killings of Indigenous rights activists further expose the fascist nature of the state against Indigenous Peoples (IP) who fight to protect their ancestral lands from corporate plunder and environmental destruction. Only profit-driven interests benefit from the suffering and death of Indigenous communities. Two decades after the enactment of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), the killings and harassment of Indigenous Peoples have only escalated showing its inutility, and how the legal system only favors the rich and powerful as it remains aloof and weak in upholding the rights of IP.

IPMSDL demands justice to the death of Ricardo Mayumi and for all the victims of extrajudicial killings. Hold the AFP and Philippine government accountable as perpetrators of attacks and violations against Indigenous rights defenders. We urge the government to pull out its military, CAFGU, and paramilitary troops out of our communities. We demand the government of the Philippines to stop development aggression projects that only bring injustices, plunder of our natural wealth, and destruction of our environment.

IPMSDL honors all the fallen heroes who selflessly fought for the IP right to land, liberty, and self-determination.

JUSTICE FOR RICARDO MAYUMI!
DISMANTLE THE CAFGU & ALL PARAMILITARY GROUPS!
MILITARY TROOPS OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES!
DEFEND OUR ANCESTRAL LANDS AND RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION!

On China’s Landgrabbing in Cambodia

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL) strongly condemns the continuing and heightening exploitation and repression by the combined forces of Heng
Fu Sugar Industry Company and the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) against the Indigenous Kuy of Preah Vihear, Cambodia.

Heng Fu and its subsidiaries, Lan Feng, Rui Feng, Heng Nong, Heng Rui, and Heng You, easily obtained 42,000 hectares land concession, which is more than the allowable limit of 10,000 hectares per entity, by circumventing the Land Law of 2001 and of Subdecree No. 146 on Economic Land Concession of 2005. They have been detrimentally operating in Preah Vihear since 2012 when it started clearing lands in preparation for a sugarcane plantation. In 2013, Heng Fu signed an agreement with the Indigenous communities stating that the company would stop plowing rice fields but even then, the company went on clearing forests and plowing over farm huts and rice fields. The community was left with nothing but destroyed land, livelihood, cultural identity, and sacred sites. Children had to drop out of
school because their families could no longer support their education. Until today, there has been no proper free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) process nor impact assessments conducted.

The active investment and involvement of Chinese government and companies in Cambodia is part of their One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative that aims to take a larger role in controlling the political and economic affairs in the Mekong subregion, in general. As an expression of their imperialist domination, they have encroached the lands of Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos for building dams along the Mekong River, extractive operations, and plantations projects. These development aggression projects push Indigenous communities and other vulnerable sector to further marginalization.

In response to the increasing human rights violations in Preah Vihear, community villagers and organizations submitted complaints and petitions to the provincial court, to the RGC, to the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, and to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights calling for the immediate cancellation of the concessions. However, these engagements
fell on deaf ears and worse, military forces are being deployed to suppress people’s uprising by assaulting, arresting, making death threats, and doing other forms of harassment against the villagers. Moreover, the company has engaged in bribery with local authorities who tolerates such atrocities.

The unabating attacks to the rights of the people and the ineptitude of the RGC to protect the rights of the people have fueled resistance against exploitation and repression. The villagers held camp-outs and
blockades to denounce and delay the operations of Heng Fu in their communities while asserting their right to land, resources, and territory. It also draws national and international attention and support.

IPMSDL demands accountability from the Royal Government of Cambodia and the government of China as duty-bearers and enablers of these supposed development ventures. Thorough investigation by an independent group should be conducted on all cases of human rights violations committed by the State and company forces against the people of Preah Vihear.

We stand with the people of Preah Vihear in their call for the immediate cancellation of Heng Fu’s sugarcane concessions and just compensation for all the losses and damages. We strongly call for the repeal of the economic land concession and other related policies.

We oppose the OBOR of China and other imperialist interventions that only perpetuate human rights violations, loss of livelihoods, and environmental and cultural degradation.

The current political situation in Cambodia underscores the need to continuously and collectively fight the systemic resource plunder and political repression. The history of Indigenous Peoples resistance relies on our collective strength and struggle. We must bring our peoples movement to new and greater heights to defeat all forms of exploitation and repression by imperialist powers and their local cohorts!

LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLING INDIGENOUS KUY AND PEOPLES OF CAMBODIA!

RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF IP TO LANDS AND TERRITORIES!

PULL OUT HENGFU AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES FROM PREAH VIHEAR!

STOP THE LAND GRABBING AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CAMBODIA! JUNK THE ELC!

NO TO OBOR AND IMPERIALIST DOMINATION IN MEKONG!

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