On NPMHR’s 40th year and the Naga Peoples Struggle for Human Rights and Self-determination

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) salutes the  struggle of the Naga people and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) for self-determination, liberation and human rights as it celebrates its foundation in September 1978. The NPMHR has always been a strong partner of International IPMSDL and several peoples movements on the campaigns forwarding the rights of the Naga people, majority of which are part of the 27 tribes that compose the indigenous peoples of the mountain ranges of Nagaland.

The history of continuous resistance of Naga people from the attacks of British imperialist conquest of their lands to the continuing discrimination and offensives of Government of India is an inspiration to the indigenous peoples and oppressed sectors in South Asia and in the whole world.

Nagaland’s rich natural resources, forests and biodiversity, minerals and natural energy has been continuously enjoyed and exhausted by foreign powers and state, while the people remain impoverished of basic social services. In addition, current human rights violations by the paramilitary and state administration, brutal military atrocities and murders, systematic violence through denial of basic social services and civil freedoms, and culture of impunity continue to plague the Naga people.

Through all these, NPMHR unwaveringly forwards the rights of Naga peoples on several platforms, multi-level dialogues and engagements to resolutely echo the cry of Naga people of a free and peaceful Nagaland. On its 40th years, the IPMSDL stands with NPMHR as it reiterates the importance of their united struggle in achieving every Naga peoples basic rights to live, to work, to freely perform one’s indigenous practices, to decide and determine the development and progress on their own, to stop all political and military attacks in achieving democratic and civil rights, and to craft a future of just peace.


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



Neingulo Krome, Secretary General

As the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) commemorates the 40 years of its struggle against the occupation of thier lands and the restorations of their human rights, based on the universal belief that; “violation of human rights in any part of the world is a threat to the human race as a whole and that protection and promotion of human rights anywhere is a concern of all”, once again re-iterates our commitments to its 11- Point of Declaration, on this day the 9th of September 2018, as stated that;

Mankind has made history through the struggle for freedom from exploitation and subjugation. And history of the Naga people has taught us that there are forces both inside and outside the society collaborating in strangulating social progress.

Our people have seen economic exploitation, political and military domination social suppression with the imposition of alien cultural and legal systems and the distortion of their history.

In the light of these experiences, the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights takes upon itself the task of initiating organized struggle for achieving the following;

To ensure and safeguard:
1. the right to life;
2. the right to work;
3. the right to live together as a people and the unification of all Naga Lands;
4. the right to hold and communicate one’s beliefs;
5. the freedom of movement, assembly and association;
6. free access to all place of learning;
7. maximum participation of the people in the making of decisions affecting their lives;
8. freedom from socio-economic exploitation. Political domination and military repression;
9. against anti-democratic practices and the dismantling of institutions and social values which legitimize and perpetuate these within our society;
10. against the practices of arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and execution, and the use of unconventional weapons;
11. against the imposition of undesirable alien legal systems and socio-cultural concepts and ways of life.

And whereas, ever since, British colonizers intruded into our land and dissected and fragmented our land and people for their mere administrative conveniences for several decades, which the Indian occupational forces took over on their departure, through plunder and atrocities, the very basic right to life and to live together as a people were denied. These were followed by systematic anti-democratic practices and the dismantling of our traditional institutions and social values with the imposition of undesirable alien legal systems and socio-cultural concepts and ways of life.

And whereas, rape, torture, public execution, mass killings, concentration camps, desecration of religious places, burning of villages, forced labour, burying and burning of people alive, waging war on school children, arrest without warrant, search without warrant, frisk people anywhere and everywhere, raid houses, etc. etc. with full impunity under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958, failed to demoralize the Naga resistant movement into submission to occupational forces.

And therefore, the Government of India started initiating “Ceasefires” and “Peace Talks” with leaders of the Naga Political Movements, once in the past with the Federal Government of Nagaland in 1964 and which they gradually unilaterally abrogated when it suited them (GoI). Over the course of time, when the Naga Political Movement has gained enough momentum up to the various international levels, the Government of India again sought for Ceasefires and Peace Talks, which was entered into with the NSCN –IM in 1997 and followed by another truce with the NSCN – K in 2001 and others which were formed in due course of time.

Notwithstanding all the agonies of the past nor the hopes of the future, NPMHR takes this moment in time, on the occasion of the 40 Years of human rights movement across the length and breath of the Naga-lands, to say that, Freedom, Justice and Peace are the inherent rights of every peoples, and that Nagas are not by any standard lesser people. We also impress upon the people of India to recognize our rights as much as we respect their rights. And to our fellow Nagas, that to enjoy these rights, the peoples ourselves, must know and have the courage to live independently and exist fearlessly as one people without expecting other people or alien rulers to “gift us our rights.”



“À propos de la 40e année de la NPMHR et de la lutte du peuple naga pour les droits de la personne et l’autodétermination”

Le Mouvement international des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination et la libération (IPMSDL) salue la lutte du peuple naga et du Mouvement du peuple naga pour les droits de l’homme (NPMHR) pour l’autodétermination, la libération et les droits humains alors qu’il célèbre sa création en septembre 1978. La NPMHR a toujours été un partenaire fort de l’IPMSDL international et de plusieurs mouvements populaires dans les campagnes de promotion des droits du peuple naga, dont la majorité fait partie des 27 tribus qui composent les peuples autochtones des montagnes du Nagaland.

L’histoire de la résistance continue du peuple naga depuis les attaques de la conquête impérialiste britannique de ses terres jusqu’à la discrimination et aux offensives continues du gouvernement indien est une inspiration pour les peuples indigènes et les secteurs opprimés en Asie du Sud et dans le monde entier.

Les riches ressources naturelles, les forêts et la biodiversité, les minéraux et l’énergie naturelle du Nagaland ont été continuellement exploités et épuisés par les puissances étrangères et l’État, tandis que la population reste appauvrie des services sociaux de base. En outre, les violations actuelles des droits de l’homme par les paramilitaires et l’administration de l’État, les atrocités et les meurtres militaires brutaux, la violence systématique par le déni des services sociaux de base et des libertés civiles, et la culture de l’impunité continuent de sévir au peuple naga.

Par tous ces moyens, la NPMHR défend sans relâche les droits des peuples naga sur plusieurs plateformes, dialogues à plusieurs niveaux et engagements pour faire résolument écho au cri du peuple naga d’un Nagaland libre et pacifique. Au cours de ses 40 années d’existence, l’IPMSDL se tient aux côtés de la NPMHR et réitère l’importance de leur lutte commune pour réaliser les droits fondamentaux de chaque peuple naga à vivre, à travailler, à exercer librement ses pratiques indigènes, à décider et à déterminer le développement et le progrès par eux-mêmes, à arrêter toute attaque politique et militaire pour réaliser les droits démocratiques et civils, et pour construire un futur de paix juste.

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“Sobre el 40º aniversario de la NPMHR y la lucha del pueblo naga por los derechos humanos y la autodeterminación”

El Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación y la Liberación (IPMSDL) saluda la lucha del pueblo Naga y el Movimiento de los Pueblos Naga por los Derechos Humanos (NPMHR) por la autodeterminación, la liberación y los derechos humanos cuando celebra su fundación en septiembre de 1978. La NPMHR siempre ha sido un fuerte aliado de la IPMSDL Internacional y de varios movimientos populares en las campañas de promoción de los derechos del pueblo Naga, la mayoría de los cuales son parte de las 27 tribus que componen los pueblos indígenas de las cordilleras de Nagaland.

La historia de la continua resistencia del pueblo naga, desde los ataques de la conquista imperialista británica de sus tierras hasta las continuas discriminaciones y ofensivas del Gobierno de la India, es una inspiración para los pueblos indígenas y los sectores oprimidos en el sur de Asia y en todo el mundo.

Los ricos recursos naturales de Nagaland, los bosques y la biodiversidad, los minerales y la energía natural han sido continuamente disfrutados y agotados por las potencias extranjeras y el Estado, mientras que la población sigue empobrecida de los servicios sociales básicos. Además, las actuales violaciones de los derechos humanos por parte de los paramilitares y la administración del Estado, las atrocidades y asesinatos militares brutales, la violencia sistemática mediante la denegación de los servicios sociales básicos y las libertades civiles, y la cultura de la impunidad siguen asolando al pueblo naga.

A través de todo esto, la NPMHR promueve sin descanso los derechos de los pueblos naga en varias plataformas, diálogos a varios niveles y compromisos para hacer eco resueltamente del grito del pueblo naga de un Nagaland libre y pacífico. En sus 40 años de existencia, la IPMSDL se une a la NPMHR para reiterar la importancia de su lucha unida en la realización de los derechos básicos de todos los pueblos naga a vivir, trabajar, realizar libremente sus prácticas indígenas, decidir y determinar el desarrollo y el progreso por sí mismos, detener todos los ataques políticos y militares para lograr los derechos democráticos y civiles, y construir un futuro de paz justa.

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On the Police harassment of Manipur IP and human rights defender Jiten Yumnam

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) demands the immediate stop on the harassment of IPMSDL member Jiten Yumnam of Manipur, an Indigenous Peoples (IP) and human rights defender, environmentalist and journalist, after several Police commando appeared without formal notice in his home last August 13, asking his whereabouts, taking pictures of his house and requesting him to face an alleged pending case against him.

In October 2013, Mr. Yumnam was also summoned by Manipur police without any notification or reasons of summon. In September 2009, working as a member of the Committee on Human Rights, he was again summoned by the police and then detained, interrogated and heavily tortured for trumped up charges. The recent incidents of intimidation by police commandos have severely caused undue threat to safety, tension and anxiety to Mr. Yumnam and his whole family. This also constitutes to the continued threats and attacks to rights defenders in Manipur. Currently, more than 1,528 cases of extrajudicial killings in Manipur by army and police is still under investigation according to the Committee on Human Rights, Imphal Manipur.

Mr. Yumnam, as an IPMSDL Regional Coordinating Committee member for Asia and Pacific, Secretary of Center for Research and Advocacy (CRA), Manipur, and a writer for Imphal Free Press, E-Pao.Net, has been very active in educating people on the struggles of different communities for the environment, ancestral lands, and human rights of IP through his writings and advocacy work local and overseas.

In Guatemala, an indigenous farm leader was forced in to hiding after learning that he has a $100 bounty on his head and receiving death threats from suspected ex-military and gang members linked to companies of large infrastructure projects he has opposed. In Ecuador, indigenous leaders and environmentalists protesting against new mining law and oil explorations in Amazon fall victim to “judicial harassment” for the trumped-up charges, arrests and cases extending for years but have been found to have no sufficient evidences. While in the Philippines, several IP leaders active in fighting against corporate plunder of IP lands have been included by the government’s Department of Justice in a “terrorist list” prescribed by the military. Even the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sounded the alarm on the “pattern of abuse, with the private sector often colluding with governments to force Indigenous Peoples from their lands by whatever means necessary to make way for infrastructure, agriculture, mining, and extractive projects.”

Everywhere, while the peoples’ struggle against corporate plunder of resources gain stronger momentum, State offensives against land and human rights defenders consequently intensify. Thus, we call on everyone to stand against any forms of harassment and attacks on Mr. Yumnam and to all human rights and IP defenders around the world. We hold the Police commandoes, the military and state accountable for any untoward incident that may result to the harassment to Mr. Yumnam, his family, and organizations. We appeal to all rights advocate, IP networks and formations to demand an end in criminalizing dissent and defeat any attempt to silence our voices and destroy our united struggle for lands, rights and justice.




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


El Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación y la Liberación (IPMSDL, por sus siglas en inglés) exige el cese inmediato del hostigamiento a Jiten Yumnam de Manipur, miembro del IPMSDL, defensor de los derechos humanos, ambientalista y periodista, después de que varios comandos de la policía aparecieran sin aviso formal en su casa el pasado 13 de agosto, preguntando su paradero, tomando fotos de su casa y pidiéndole que se enfrente a un supuesto caso pendiente en su contra.

En octubre de 2013, el Sr. Yumnam también fue citado por la policía de Manipur sin notificación ni razones para ello. En septiembre de 2009, trabajando como miembro del Comité de Derechos Humanos, fue convocado de nuevo por la policía y luego detenido, interrogado y sometido a fuertes torturas por cargos falsos. Los recientes incidentes de intimidación por parte de los comandos de policía han causado amenazas indebidas a la seguridad, la tensión y la ansiedad del Sr. Yumnam y de toda su familia. Esto también se debe a las continuas amenazas y ataques a los defensores de derechos humanos en Manipur. En la actualidad, más de 1.528 casos de ejecuciones extrajudiciales cometidas por el ejército y la policía en Manipur siguen siendo objeto de investigación, según el Comité de Derechos Humanos, Imphal Manipur.

El Sr. Yumnam, como miembro del Comité Coordinador Regional del IPMSDL para Asia y el Pacífico, Secretario del Center for Research and Advocacy (CRA), Manipur, y escritor de Imphal Free Press, E-Pao.Net, ha sido muy activo en educar a la gente sobre las luchas de diferentes comunidades por el medio ambiente, las tierras ancestrales y los derechos humanos de los PI a través de sus escritos y su trabajo de incidencia en el ámbito local y en el extranjero.

En Guatemala, un líder campesino indígena se vio obligado a esconderse después de enterarse de que tenía una recompensa de 100 dólares por su cabeza y de recibir amenazas de muerte de supuestos ex militares y miembros de pandillas vinculados a empresas de grandes proyectos de infraestructura a las que se había opuesto. En Ecuador, líderes indígenas y ambientalistas que protestan contra la nueva ley minera y las exploraciones petroleras en el Amazonas son víctimas de “acoso judicial” por los cargos falsos, arrestos y casos que se extienden por años, pero se ha encontrado que no tienen suficientes evidencias. Mientras que en Filipinas, el Departamento de Justicia del gobierno ha incluido a varios líderes de PI activos en la lucha contra el saqueo corporativo de tierras de PI en una “lista de terroristas” prescrita por los militares. Incluso el Relator Especial de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas hizo sonar la alarma sobre el “patrón de abuso, con el sector privado a menudo en connivencia con los gobiernos para forzar a los Pueblos Indígenas a abandonar sus tierras por cualquier medio necesario para dar paso a proyectos de infraestructura, agricultura, minería y extracción”.

En todas partes, mientras la lucha de los pueblos contra el saqueo de los recursos por parte de las empresas cobra mayor impulso, las ofensivas del Estado contra la tierra y los defensores de los derechos humanos se intensifican en consecuencia. Por lo tanto, pedimos a todos que se opongan a cualquier forma de hostigamiento y ataques contra el Sr. Yumnam y contra todos los defensores de los derechos humanos y de la propiedad intelectual de todo el mundo. Responsabilizamos a los comandos de la policía, al ejército y al estado por cualquier incidente que pueda resultar en el acoso al Sr. Yumnam, su familia y organizaciones. Hacemos un llamamiento a todos los defensores de los derechos, a las redes y formaciones de propiedad intelectual para que exijan que se ponga fin a la criminalización de la disidencia y a todo intento de silenciar nuestras voces y destruir nuestra lucha unida por las tierras, los derechos y la justicia.



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Le Mouvement international des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination et la libération (IPMSDL) exige l’arrêt immédiat du harcèlement de Jiten Yumnam de Manipur, membre de l’IPMSDL, défenseur des droits humains et des peuples autochtones (IP), écologiste et journaliste, après que plusieurs commando de la police se sont présentés chez lui sans préavis le 13 août dernier, lui demandant où il se trouvait, prenant des photos de sa maison et lui demandant de faire face à un cas présumé en instance contre lui.

En octobre 2013, M. Yumnam a également été convoqué par la police de Manipur sans notification ni motif de convocation. En septembre 2009, en tant que membre du Comité des droits de l’homme, il a de nouveau été convoqué par la police, puis détenu, interrogé et lourdement torturé pour de fausses accusations. Les récents incidents d’intimidation par les commandos de police ont gravement menacé la sécurité, la tension et l’anxiété de M. Yumnam et de toute sa famille. Cela constitue également une menace et des attaques continues contre les défenseurs des droits humains à Manipur. Actuellement, selon le Comité des droits de l’homme, Imphal Manipur, plus de 1 528 cas d’exécutions extrajudiciaires à Manipur par l’armée et la police font toujours l’objet d’une enquête.

M. Yumnam, en tant que membre du Comité régional de coordination de l’IPMSDL pour l’Asie et le Pacifique, secrétaire du Center for Research and Advocacy (CRA), Manipur, et écrivain pour Imphal Free Press, E-Pao.net, a été très actif dans l’éducation des gens sur les luttes des différentes communautés pour l’environnement, les terres ancestrales et les droits humains de la propriété intellectuelle à travers ses écrits et son travail de plaidoyer local et à l’étranger.

Au Guatemala, un dirigeant agricole autochtone a été forcé de se cacher après avoir appris qu’il avait une prime de 100 $ sur la tête et qu’il avait reçu des menaces de mort de la part d’anciens militaires et de membres de gangs soupçonnés d’être liés à des entreprises de grands projets d’infrastructure auxquels il s’est opposé. En Équateur, les dirigeants autochtones et les écologistes qui protestent contre la nouvelle loi minière et les explorations pétrolières en Amazonie sont victimes de “harcèlement judiciaire” pour les accusations, les arrestations et les affaires inventées de toutes pièces, qui durent depuis des années, mais qui n’ont pas de preuves suffisantes. Aux Philippines, plusieurs chefs de la propriété intellectuelle qui luttent activement contre le pillage des terres de propriété intellectuelle par les entreprises ont été inscrits par le ministère de la Justice du gouvernement sur une ” liste des terroristes ” prescrite par l’armée. Même le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones a tiré la sonnette d’alarme sur le ” profil d’abus, le secteur privé étant souvent de connivence avec les gouvernements pour forcer les peuples autochtones à quitter leurs terres par tous les moyens nécessaires pour faire place aux infrastructures, à l’agriculture, aux mines et aux projets d’extraction “.

Partout, tandis que la lutte des peuples contre le pillage des ressources par les entreprises prend de plus en plus d’ampleur, les offensives de l’État contre la terre et les défenseurs des droits de l’homme s’intensifient. Nous appelons donc tout le monde à s’opposer à toute forme de harcèlement et d’attaques contre M. Yumnam et contre tous les défenseurs des droits de l’homme et de la propriété intellectuelle dans le monde entier. Nous tenons les commandos de la police, l’armée et l’État responsables de tout incident fâcheux pouvant entraîner le harcèlement de M. Yumnam, de sa famille et des organisations. Nous appelons tous les défenseurs des droits, les réseaux et les formations de propriété intellectuelle à exiger qu’il soit mis fin à la criminalisation de la dissidence et à rejeter toute tentative de faire taire nos voix et de détruire notre lutte commune pour les terres, les droits et la justice.



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On the killings of IP leaders in Mexico, Guatemala, Philippines and Brazil

Indigenous communities suffer another record murder tally amidst the International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples celebration. Known Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights activists – Rolando Crispin Lopez (Mexico), Juana Raymundo (Guatemala), Yandong Menyo (Philippines) and Jorginho Guajajara (Brazil) – fell prey to a murderous system operated by imperialist powers and its repressive agents which have great economic interests in ancestral lands of IP. The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) calls for an international condemnation against the growing trend of  harassments, criminalization, and  killings with impunity of Indigenous rights defenders and communities in defense of land, territory, and way of life.

Mexico’s spike in crime continues to threaten human rights activists. Last July 22, after finishing his duty as a community police, Crispin was gunned down by a suspected municipal police officer. This assasination was attributed to his record and reputation as a staunch IP rights defender in their community. Crispin was a member of the Assembly of Indigenous People of the Istmo in Defense of Land and Territory (Apiitdtt), the Peoples’ Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ), and the Peoples’ Assembly of Alvaro Obregon in Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico. As a community police, a community-led initiative and self-defense measure against transnational companies (TNCs) and corrupt officials, he had suffered constant harassment and intimidation from entities which try to occupy the Santa Teresa territory of Indigenous Binniza community to develop the wind energy project.

Meanwhile in Guatemala,  Juana Raymundo was brutally killed at the night of July 28. Bearing signs of torture, Raymundo’s body was discovered near a river in Nebaj and Acambalam. Raymundo, an indigenous Mayan Ixil human rights activist, lived as nurse at a health center, a regional coordinator of Committee of Campesino Development (Codeca) and a local council of Movement for the Liberation of the Peoples. Her organization has been critical of the attacks by the government and elites to human rights and environmental activists, and protested against mining and hydroelectric projects destructive of Guatemalan natural resources.

In August 10, a Lumad Higaonon leader Yandong Menyo was gunned down by elements of 8th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army in Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines. Yandong used to work with Pigyayonggaan, an Indigenous community organization that leads the campaign against monocrop plantations and extractive mining projects in Northern Mindanao. Higaonon communities have forcibly evacuated and camped in front of provincial capitol since June, demanding the pull-out of military encampment that protects the invasion of extractive and agribusiness companies.

Another IP rights activist fell victim to the wave of violence against Guajajara peoples of Amazon in Brazil last August 12, when the dead body of tribal leader Jorginho Guajajara was discovered near a river in Maranhao. Suspected powerful logging mafia has repeatedly targeted Jorginho and his tribe for their work as ‘Guardians of Amazon.’ The Guardians are internationally acclaimed local environmental team protecting the eastern edge of Amazon rainforest, expelling loggers and protecting uncontacted neighboring tribe of Awa. Since 2000, at least 80 tribe members have been killed by logging mafia with close ties to local and national politicians.

The world-wide offensive against IP leaders, rights defenders, and communities is an orchestrated oppression and systematic suppression of our struggle for self-determination and liberation against local and transnational companies that encroach and grab our lands and liberties under the banner of imperialist conquest. The inutile action of States and governments to give justice to its peoples reveal their subservience to imperialist powers even extending military, security, and legal support to attack its dissenting citizens and fast-track plunder of natural resources.

The intensified plunder on ancestral lands and heightened attacks against IP right defenders and communities demand that we continue to stand stronger and unified in defense of our rights, land, and self-determination. We enjoin everyone to hold accountable the culprits behind the gruesome killings of IP leaders as well as rights violations committed against our communities. We call on the international community, Indigenous communities, and IP rights advocates to join us in our call to stop the attacks and imperialist war against IP defenders and communities struggling to advance the right for self-determination!

Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples Leaders!

Resist Corporate Plunder And Greed!

Fight Imperialist War Of Agression!

Activism Not Terrorism!


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

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Las comunidades indígenas sufren otro récord de asesinatos en medio de la celebración del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo. Los conocidos activistas de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas (PI) (Rolando Crispín López (México), Juana Raymundo (Guatemala), Yandong Menyo (Filipinas) y Jorginho Guajajara (Brasil)) fueron presa de un sistema asesino operado por las potencias imperialistas y sus agentes represivos que tienen grandes intereses económicos en las tierras ancestrales de los PI. El Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación y la Liberación (IPMSDL, por sus siglas en inglés) hace un llamado a una condena internacional en contra de la creciente tendencia al hostigamiento, criminalización y asesinatos con impunidad de los defensores de los derechos y comunidades indígenas en defensa de la tierra, el territorio y la forma de vida.

El aumento de la delincuencia en México sigue amenazando a los activistas de derechos humanos. El pasado 22 de julio, después de terminar su servicio como policía comunitaria, Crispin fue asesinado a tiros por un presunto policía municipal. Este asesinato se atribuyó a su trayectoria y reputación como defensor incondicional de los derechos de P.I. en su comunidad. Crispin fue miembro de la Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (Apiitdtt), de la Asamblea de los Pueblos del Pueblo Juchiteco (APPJ) y de la Asamblea de los Pueblos de Álvaro Obregón en Juchitán, Oaxaca, México. En su calidad de policía comunitaria, iniciativa comunitaria y medida de autodefensa contra las empresas transnacionales (TNC) y los funcionarios corruptos, ha sufrido constantes hostigamientos e intimidaciones por parte de entidades que tratan de ocupar el territorio de Santa Teresa de la comunidad indígena de Binniza para desarrollar el proyecto de energía eólica.

Mientras tanto, en Guatemala, Juana Raymundo fue brutalmente asesinada en la noche del 28 de julio. Llevando señales de tortura, el cuerpo de Raymundo fue descubierto cerca de un río en Nebaj y Acambalam. Raymundo, un activista indígena maya de derechos humanos Ixil, vivía como enfermero en un centro de salud, coordinador regional del Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Codeca) y un consejo local del Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos. Su organización ha criticado los ataques del gobierno y las élites a activistas de derechos humanos y ambientales, y ha protestado contra los proyectos mineros e hidroeléctricos que destruyen los recursos naturales guatemaltecos.

El 10 de agosto, un líder de Lumad Higaonon, Yandong Menyo, fue asesinado a tiros por elementos del 8º Batallón de Infantería del Ejército Filipino en Bukidnon, Mindanao, Filipinas. Yandong solía trabajar con Pigyayonggaan, una organización comunitaria indígena que dirige la campaña contra las plantaciones de monocultivos y los proyectos mineros extractivos en el norte de Mindanao. Las comunidades de Higaonon se han evacuado por la fuerza y han acampado frente al capitolio provincial desde junio, exigiendo la retirada de los campamentos militares que protegen la invasión de las empresas extractivas y agroindustriales.

Otro activista de los derechos de propiedad intelectual fue víctima de la ola de violencia contra los pueblos guajajara de la Amazonia, en Brasil, el pasado 12 de agosto, cuando se descubrió el cadáver del dirigente tribal Jorginho Guajajara cerca de un río de Maranhao. Se sospecha que la poderosa mafia maderera ha atacado repetidamente a Jorginho y a su tribu por su trabajo como “Guardianes de la Amazonía”. Los Guardianes son un equipo ambiental local aclamado internacionalmente que protege el borde oriental de la selva amazónica, expulsando a los madereros y protegiendo a la tribu vecina no contactada de Awa. Desde el año 2000, al menos 80 miembros de la tribu han sido asesinados por la mafia maderera con estrechos vínculos con políticos locales y nacionales.

La ofensiva mundial contra los líderes de la PI, los defensores de los derechos y las comunidades es una opresión orquestada y una supresión sistemática de nuestra lucha por la autodeterminación y la liberación contra las empresas locales y transnacionales que invaden y se apoderan de nuestras tierras y libertades bajo la bandera de la conquista imperialista. La acción inútil de los Estados y gobiernos para hacer justicia a sus pueblos revela su sumisión a las potencias imperialistas, incluso extendiendo el apoyo militar, de seguridad y legal para atacar a sus ciudadanos disidentes y el saqueo acelerado de los recursos naturales.

La intensificación del saqueo de tierras ancestrales y el aumento de los ataques contra los defensores de los derechos de propiedad intelectual y las comunidades exigen que sigamos siendo más fuertes y unidos en la defensa de nuestros derechos, la tierra y la libre determinación. Instamos a todo el mundo a que exija responsabilidades a los culpables de los horrendos asesinatos de líderes de PI, así como de las violaciones de los derechos humanos cometidas contra nuestras comunidades. Hacemos un llamamiento a la comunidad internacional, a las comunidades indígenas y a los defensores de los derechos de propiedad intelectual para que se unan a nosotros en nuestro llamamiento para detener los ataques y la guerra imperialista contra los defensores de los derechos de propiedad intelectual y las comunidades que luchan por promover el derecho a la libre determinación.

Alto a los asesinatos de líderes de pueblos indígenas!

Resistir el saqueo corporativo y la codicia!

Lucha contra la guerra de agresión imperialista!

Activismo, no terrorismo!


Referencia: Beverly Longid, Coordinadora Global, info@ipmsdl.org


Traduction par DeepL

Les communautés autochtones souffrent d’un autre record de meurtres dans le cadre de la célébration de la Journée internationale des peuples autochtones. Les militants des droits des peuples autochtones connus – Rolando Crispin Lopez (Mexique), Juana Raymundo (Guatemala), Yandong Menyo (Philippines) et Jorginho Guajajara (Brésil) – ont été la proie d’un système meurtrier géré par les puissances impérialistes et ses agents répressifs qui ont de grands intérêts économiques dans les terres ancestrales de la propriété intellectuelle. Le Mouvement international des peuples autochtones pour l’autodétermination et la libération (IPMSDL) appelle à une condamnation internationale contre la tendance croissante du harcèlement, de la criminalisation et des assassinats en toute impunité des défenseurs des droits et des communautés autochtones pour la défense de la terre, du territoire et du mode de vie.

La recrudescence de la criminalité au Mexique continue de menacer les militants des droits humains. Le 22 juillet dernier, après avoir terminé son service de police communautaire, Crispin a été abattu par un policier municipal présumé. Cette assasination a été attribuée à ses antécédents et à sa réputation de défenseur acharné des droits de propriété intellectuelle dans leur communauté. Crispin était membre de l’Assemblée des peuples autochtones de l’Istmo in Defense of Land and Territory (Apiitdtt), de l’Assemblée du peuple de Juchiteco (APPJ) et de l’Assemblée du peuple d’Alvaro Obregon à Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexique. En tant que police communautaire, initiative communautaire et mesure d’autodéfense contre les sociétés transnationales (TNC) et les fonctionnaires corrompus, il a été constamment harcelé et intimidé par des entités qui tentent d’occuper le territoire de Santa Teresa de la communauté indigène de Binniza pour développer le projet d’énergie éolienne.

Pendant ce temps, au Guatemala, Juana Raymundo a été brutalement tuée dans la nuit du 28 juillet. Signes de torture, le corps de Raymundo a été découvert près d’une rivière à Nebaj et Acambalam. Raymundo, un militant indigène maya Ixil, a vécu comme infirmière dans un centre de santé, coordinateur régional du Comité de développement paysan (Codeca) et d’un conseil local du Mouvement pour la libération des peuples. Son organisation a critiqué les attaques du gouvernement et des élites contre les militants des droits de l’homme et de l’environnement, et a protesté contre les projets miniers et hydroélectriques qui détruisent les ressources naturelles guatémaltèques.

Le 10 août, un chef Lumad Higaonon Yandong Menyo a été abattu par des éléments du 8e Bataillon d’infanterie de l’armée philippine à Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines. Yandong avait l’habitude de travailler avec Pigyayonggaan, une organisation communautaire indigène qui mène la campagne contre les plantations de monocultures et les projets d’extraction minière dans le nord de Mindanao. Les communautés Higaonon ont évacué et campé de force devant la capitale provinciale depuis juin, exigeant le retrait du campement militaire qui protège l’invasion des entreprises extractives et agroalimentaires.

Un autre militant des droits de propriété intellectuelle a été victime de la vague de violence contre les peuples guajajara d’Amazonie au Brésil le 12 août dernier, lorsque le corps du chef tribal Jorginho Guajajara a été découvert près d’une rivière à Maranhao. La puissante mafia forestière suspectée a ciblé à plusieurs reprises Jorginho et sa tribu pour leur travail en tant que’Gardiens de l’Amazonie’. Les Gardiens sont une équipe environnementale locale de renommée internationale qui protège la lisière est de la forêt amazonienne, expulsant les bûcherons et protégeant la tribu voisine d’Awa. Depuis 2000, au moins 80 membres de la tribu ont été tués par la mafia de l’exploitation forestière, qui a des liens étroits avec les politiciens locaux et nationaux.

L’offensive mondiale contre les dirigeants, les défenseurs des droits de propriété intellectuelle et les communautés est une oppression orchestrée et une suppression systématique de notre lutte pour l’autodétermination et la libération contre les entreprises locales et transnationales qui empiètent et s’emparent de nos terres et de nos libertés sous la bannière de la conquête impérialiste. L’action inutile des États et des gouvernements pour rendre justice à ses peuples révèle leur soumission aux puissances impérialistes, qui étendent même leur soutien militaire, sécuritaire et juridique pour attaquer leurs citoyens dissidents et piller rapidement les ressources naturelles.

L’intensification du pillage des terres ancestrales et l’intensification des attaques contre les défenseurs des droits de propriété intellectuelle et les communautés exigent que nous continuions à être plus forts et plus unis dans la défense de nos droits, de nos terres et de notre autodétermination. Nous exhortons tout le monde à demander des comptes aux coupables des assassinats horribles de dirigeants de la propriété intellectuelle ainsi que des violations des droits commises contre nos communautés. Nous appelons la communauté internationale, les communautés autochtones et les défenseurs des droits de propriété intellectuelle à se joindre à notre appel pour mettre fin aux attaques et à la guerre impérialiste contre les défenseurs de la propriété intellectuelle et les communautés qui luttent pour faire progresser le droit à l’autodétermination !

Arrêtez les meurtres des dirigeants des peuples autochtones !

Résistez au pillage d’entreprise et à la cupidité !

Combattre la guerre impérialiste d’agression !

L’activisme, pas le terrorisme !


Référence : Beverly Longid, Coordinatrice mondiale, info@ipmsdl.org

On the Sarawak Land Code Ammendment

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) stands in solidarity with the Malay and Indigenous Dayak peoples of Sarawak, Malaysia in defending their customary rights to their territorial domain and communal forest reserve, referred to as pemakai menoa and pulau galau, respectively, in the Dayak Iban language. The concluded amendment to the Sarawak Land Code limits these territorial domains to only 1,000 hectares per community but to be declared under “usufructuary right” only, or the right to use but not to own. The exploitation of such rights has been done more than 30 years ago and has only deteriorated from bad to worse.

On July 14, 2018, hundreds of Indigenous Peoples (IP) protested in Bintulu town, Sarawak to reject the land code that erodes their rights over ancestral lands, by putting absolute power to demarcate land use and ownership to the State Land and Survey director of the government. This jeopardizes the entire culture, life, and right to self-determination of IP as the land code only provides a piecemeal portion from the customary territory the IP have been developing since time immemorial. Instead of promoting cooperation and involvement of the Dayak, the state railroaded the amendments without any IP representative.

Historically, the global IP situation depicts the systemic failure of state laws in upholding IP rights. More so, these state laws and policies are continuously used by the governments and private sector to dispossess IP of their ancestral lands and territories. In Brazil, the Proposal of the Constitutional Amendment 215 (PEC 215) transfers the power to demarcate indigenous Guarani homeland forest and plains to the government’s legislative body which is drooling to give the green light to large-scale extractive and energy projects, agri-business, and infrastructures within the IP territories. In Peru, the Lima Act of 2015 and Legislative Decree No. 22175 requires several IP groups like Quecha poeples and Shipibo-Konibo peoples to crawl through bureaucratic hurdles of state lands and forest assessment, to apply for titles, and to gain only leasehold access and not full rights to indigenous lands.

The Indigenous People’s Rights Protection bill (PPHMA) in Indonesia was signed giving 13,000 out of the 8.2 million hectares of ancestral lands to indigenous communities. But the Indonesian government continuously circumvents and delays this promise, while indigenous communities face criminalization and persecution when their living space overlaps with protected areas or private concessions. Also, the promise of India’s Forest Right Act of 2006 is to award ancestral forest and land titles to indigenous communities, yet it remained hollow as IP defenders get killed after protesting against the government’s plan to expropriate their forests and lands in favor of industrial expansion and commercial land use.

Aside from land laws and policies that continue to dispossess the IP, government sponsored policies masked in counter-insurgency programs justifies militarization of IP communities where investments and corporate mining, energy and economic interests is suspiciously linked.

Ancestral lands cradle the life and culture of the indigenous peoples; it the basis of their livelihood and resources for ages. Therefore, implementation of universal declaration of IP rights over their territories must be upheld in the highest standards, and their contributions to nation-building and global development must be recognized. The solidarity of IP movements and resistance marks a decisive stride against state-sponsored oppression through disenfranchising laws and deceiving policies that only paves way for imperialist plunder of ancestral domains. We call on the international support, organizations, and IP rights defenders to stand together to unite and struggle for the protection of IP lands and territories!



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



On the PH Government’s counter-insurgency pronouncements in the UN High Level Conference

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) deplores the continuous sabotage of the Philippine administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in addressing human rights violations and roots of armed conflict, by putting undue delays in Peace Talks and purveying counter-insurgency war at the expense of political activists, indigenous peoples (IP) communities, and peoples’ organizations.

Last July 1, at the UN High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism, PH National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. likened the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA) to Daesh (IS) extremist group. Putting in context the Philippine Department of Justice’s ongoing petition that named IP leaders as alleged terrorists, the indefinite termination of President Duterte to the peace process dialogues with the CPP-NPA, the normalised bombings and military encampments of Lumad communities in Mindanao under the Martial Law, and the recorded arrest of 178 IP leaders, and 24 IP political detainees from July 2016 to February 2018 – all these unmasks the calibrated State maneuvers to quell the IP resistance against destructive projects such as dams, large scale mining, eco-tourism projects, and plantations.

The overwhelming support of the international community to the Filipino IP movement against human rights violations, in defense of their ancestral lands and self-determination, seems to be cobbled down by the State with a full-scale militarization to suppress and criminalize the peoples’ dissent.

We call on the international and local IP organizations, advocates, and communities to steadfastly unite against all forms of Sate repression and oppression against all IP leaders and activists alike. We call on all peace-loving citizens and human rights defenders to strengthen our linkages to all oppressed sectors in frustrate all attempts of tyranny and state terror in trampling down the peoples’ rights.


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

On the Investigation and Initiation of Commission on Inquiry for Human Rights Violations in PH

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) echoes the urgent demand for a fact-finding mission and commission on inquiry concerning the rampant human rights violations in the Philippines, as demanded by different people’s organizations, and pushed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Since President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration took office in 2016, more than 12,000 deaths from the bloody war on drugs, “Oplan Tokhang”, have been reported, majority of which are from the urban poor. With the on-going Martial Law in the whole island of Mindanao, in the Southern Philippines, heavy militarization through encampments of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and attacks on indigenous and peasant communities resulted to forced evacuations of the Lumad who are also terrorized by almost day-to-day reports of extra-judicial killings, threats, harassments, and illegal arrests. Also, under the backdrop of the current counter-insurgency program “Oplan Kapayapaan,” a crackdown on human rights defenders and peoples’ organizations resulted to indiscriminate arrests and fake surrenders of alleged communist rebels and members of the New People’s Army, as part of the attempts to silence critics and voices of dissent.

Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders and activists were not spared as several were included in the “terrorist list” of the Department of Justice including IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Cordillera Peoples Alliance Chairperson Windel Bolinget, SANDUGO Co-Chairperson Joanna Cariño, former Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Secretary General Joan Carling, former member of UN EMRIP Jose Molintas, and leader of Tontongan ti Umili Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, among many others. With the current atmosphere of impunity in the Philippines, activists campaigning for the rights to ancestral land against large-scale mining and other extractive industries become targets of human rights violations by state-forces.

Instead of pursuing peace and justice, President Duterte has affirmed immunity to state-forces against any investigation or criminal case, and even encouraged them to carry on the attacks and offensives for the war on drugs and other counter-insurgency campaigns. While indigenous and human rights organizations call for state-accountability, military and police forces tainted by these issues were either promoted or re-assigned to different posts in the government.

The IPMSDL resolves to rally behind the IP, marginalized sectors, and peoples to call for justice in this climate of impunity and senseless killings in the Philippines. We echo the call of the UNHRC for the immediate cooperation of the government for the investigation and complete stop of the war on drugs and ensure the human rights and right to freedom of expression of all its citizens. We call on the international community, IP organizations, peace advocates and defenders of human rights to drumbeat the Filipino people’s pursuit of justice and lasting peace.


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

On the Militarization of Higaonon Communities in Misamis Oriental

Militarization tramples Higaonon Indigenous Peoples Right to Self-Determination,
isregards their human rights, and violates FPIC!

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) extends its highest solidarity with the Higaonon Lumad peoples of Misamis Oriental, Philippines who struggle to defend their ancestral lands from resource plunder and militarization.

Higaonon people were forcibly evacuated from their ancestral lands after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) occupied their village, and subjected them to threats, harassment, and intimidation. Last May 26, the battalion-size military built their camp in the ancestral lands of Higaonon as a prelude to the entry of so-called development projects. Military camps and detachments in their territory are set up by the State and corporation to quell any resistance from the community and protect the business interests of private entities. The experiences of Higaonon and Lumad peoples underscores militarization as a scheme to force forward development projects in their ancestral lands that do not reflect the genuine needs and aspirations of Indigenous communities. At the expense of the Higaonon’s right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC), local government favors large corporations and businesses.

Threats, violence, and intimidation brought by militarization instill fear in the IP communities. Military elements force the local community to confess that they are members of the communist rebels, New People’s Army (NPA), and surrender. Some of them were tied and rough-handled among other physical abuses.

The rich resources in the ancestral lands of Higaonon in the town of Lagonglong, adjacent to the Mount Balatukan, is known for its hot springs and inactive volcano viable for geothermal energy development. The untouched gold deposits in the nearby lakes has also been reported as target for mining and extractive projects.

For IP and other national minorities, land is life. Indigenous communities have the most important role in determining the future of our ancestral land that is closely linked to our identity and right to self-determination. All forms of development projects and militarization that threaten to plunder ancestral lands and IP ways of life are inexcusable and is a grave violation of our rights.

We call on the all Indigenous communities, IP rights advocates, human rights defenders, and peace advocates all over the world to stand and support the Higaonon’s demand to safely go back to their villages. We demand the total pull out of military forces in our ancestral lands, and any future encampments in any IP territory. Let us fight together to defeat all attempts of exploitation and oppression by the ruling elites. Let us stand in solidarity with all struggling Indigenous communities for the recognition and actual realization of IP right to self-determination and self-determined sustainable development in the Philippines and in all parts of the world.




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

On the Government of Bangladesh’s War on Drugs

End Bangladesh’s “War on Drugs”!
IPMSDL’s Statement of Condemnation Against the Government of Bangladesh’s War on Drugs


The International Indigenous Peoples Movement on Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) vehemently condemns the Government of Bangladesh’s War on Drugs! Over 130 alleged “drug offenders” have been shot dead and at least 13,000 were arrested by Bangladeshi security forces in nationwide anti-drug operations under the Government’s Zero Tolerance Policy against illegal drugs in May 2018.

This scenario is similar to what is happening in other countries in the region, particularly in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Indonesia. These governments’ obsession with the war against drugs has cost thousands of innocent lives while many others are still at risk, especially human rights defenders and activists. These so-called wars against drugs have also been used to cover up political and extrajudicial killings which target activists who are farmers, workers, or Indigenous Peoples standing up for their rights.

The war on drugs is not a genuine effort in tackling the perceived drug problem. It promotes rampant human rights violation through its one-sided shootouts and arbitrary arrests instead of investing in public healthcare and rehabilitation services, or better yet, addressing the roots of the drug addiction and social unrest by improving the quality and accessibility of social services that will enable the development of the peoples’ general welfare.

IPMSDL calls for justice for all the victims of the systematic killings and demand that the perpetrators of these atrocities be brought to justice. We also echo the call of civil society organizations in a statement initiated by the International Drug Policy Consortium and the Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs: “Let us remain vigilant to other countries showing signs of adopting similar repressive policies, and initiate constructive and inclusive dialogue at an early stage to avoid further human rights violations in the name of drug control”.






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

On the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ ‘Free Land Camp’ and the Mapuche’s Fight against the Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project

Stand for The Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Ancestral Lands!

A Statement of Support to the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ ‘Free Land Camp’
and the Mapuche’s Fight against the Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) extends its support and solidarity to the struggles of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and Chile! Thousands of Indigenous Peoples (IP) from the 5 regions of Brazil gather in this year’s ‘Free Land Camp’ (Acampamento Terra Livre) happening from April 23 to 27 to demand for the demarcation of their traditional lands by the Brazilian state. Meanwhile in Chile, the Mapuche communities are asserting their right to their sacred space which was recently invaded by the construction of Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho ecotourism project.

In strong unity, the IPMSDL stands with the Brazil IP community against the attacks of the Brazilian state and by president Michel Temer with his anti-indigenous “Opinion 001/2017 from the Union General-Attorney” or the Territory Registration Law that will rampantly increase land grabbing by making it impossible to register IP lands. This will wipe out almost all IP lands in Brazil in favor of huge agro-business corporations and government businesses, putting at risk the lands, culture, livelihood, and identity of the Brazilian IP.

The IPMSDL also strongly supports the Mapuche communities’ rejection of the construction of Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project in their ancestral lands in the Villarica National Park. The protected area recognized as a National Park is also declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a Biosphere Reserve. The plunder of lands with projects masked as energy and recreational center projects unjustly disregards the ways of life, development, and culture of the IP.

We call on to IP movements, organizations, and advocates to link arms in defense against the violation of our collective rights as Indigenous Peoples! Grave violations of human rights, including threats of arrests and killings by state forces to IP leaders and communities defending their ancestral lands in Brazil, Chile, and in the whole of Latin America have been recorded in past years.

We condemn all forms of violations and destruction of our ancestral lands that put the IP at risk and further marginalization! We join the international IP movement in advancing our rights to self-determination, land, and life!






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

PRESS RELEASE | ECP Bishops to DoJ Secretary: do the right thing, withdraw terrorist list and continue peace talks

May 18, 2018

ECP Bishops to DoJ Secretary: do the right thing, withdraw terrorist list and continue peace talks

In a statement of “deep concern” over the alleged terrorist list filed in court by the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Council of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines (ECP) urged the DoJ Secretary to “withdraw the list if not the petition altogether” as great risk and threats of harassment looms on the individuals listed including two of the ECP’s members – International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Global Coordinator Beverly Longid and the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

The ECP statement was released in response to the DoJ petition filed at the Manila Regional Trial Court last February seeking to tag the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist groups under the Human Security Act of 2007. The petition includes over 600 names accused of membership in the CPP-NPA. Other than Longid and Corpuz, both known as international Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights advocates who are also Indigenous Bontok-Kankanaey from the Mountain Province, IP leaders also found in the list are Joan Carling, Atty. Jose Molintas, Windel Bolinget, Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, Joanna Carino, Datu Isidro Indao, Datu Mandayhon, and Datu Mampadayag.

“Due to my social involvement, I have experienced threats, harassments, and intimidation from suspected State agents,” Longid said in her personal statement. Similarly, the ECP stated that human rights advocates and ECP members accused of trumped up cases reported being subject of harassments making them vulnerable to unjust vexation – something they believe should have ended during the Martial Law years.

Attacks on IP and human rights activists is “a reaction [of the government] to [the] defense of Lumads caught in the massive military operations launched by Rodrigo Duterte” as Tauli-Corpuz pointed out in an interview. Longid also stressed, “Impunity reigns in my country, and the pronouncements and actions of Duterte show his total disregard for human rights, peoples’ welfare and interests, and rule of law, undermining our tight to speak freely and other basic freedoms.”

The ECP expressed that, instead of vilifying and putting people in great risk, the government must push for the peace talks with the National Democratic Front to prosper by addressing the ‘socio-economic issues [that] have spawned the long-drawn conflict in this land’ and put an end to ‘killing each other for another generation’. The IPMSDL reports that numerous cases of IP rights violations, killings, and attacks on culture and ways of life are the result of state military and para-military abuses carried out under the guise of counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism activities.

“The International IPMSDL organization, and I in my personal capacity, is overwhelmed by this show of solidarity to drop the DoJ terrorist list. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the whole Council,” Longid declared regarding the ECP’s statement. “At the same time, we appeal to all to echo the call to dismiss and delist the names in the DoJ petition and stand for everyone’s democratic rights for lawful dissent without fearing for their safety and security.”

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

CLICK HERE to view the ECP Council of Bishops’ Statement.