On Nasako Besingi’s Arrest


The International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) condemns the Cameroon government for the arbitrary arrest and detention of environmental activist and human rights defender Nasako Besingi of Cameroon, Central Africa.

On 25 September 2017, authorities arrested Besingi and raided his office in Mundemba, Ndian Division due to undisclosed charges. He was kept out of contact until the Buea Military Tribunal’s questioning on 28 September 2017. The court accused Besingi of insurrection and secession, and ruled his imprisonment at the Buea Central Prison while the preliminary investigation is still ongoing.

Besingi, the executive director of Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), is known for leading the fight against the land grabbing of Herakles Farms, an American agribusiness company. The company is developing a 20,000-hectare palm oil project that is situated in the Congo basin, the world’s second-largest rainforested area and where Mundemba lies.

Nasako Besingi is just one of many environmental and human rights activists unlawfully arrested in different parts of the world.

In Agusan del Sur, Philippines, rural missionaries staff Julito Otacan and five other Banwaon human rights defenders were arrested in the morning of 27 October 2017. Otacan is a field worker of the project, Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Human Rights in the Philippines, organizing and facilitating the training of community members as human rights defenders, while the other five are members of Tagdumahan – a Banwaon Peoples’ Organization that has long been targeted by the military because of their vocal assertion of their rights to the Banwaon’s ancestral domain targeted by logging and mining companies.

In Sabah, Malaysia, Atama Katama and SM Muthu are being demanded to pay 340,000 USD aside from facing possible detention for defamation against Dr. Herman James Luping, a former Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah as a consequence of speaking out on Luping’s controversial appointment to the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

IPMSDL calls for the immediate release of Besingi and all other political prisoners all over the world. The Movement urges the Cameroon government to drop the unfounded charges against Nasako, and to recognize the rights and freedoms of its people more so of the marginalized. Let the English-speaking regions exercise their constitutionally granted independence and autonomy, in respect of their cultural origins and their right to self-determination, instead of wielding political repression that only worsens the social unrest.


On the Violent Dispersal of the August 15 rallies in Indonesia

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

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

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

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


On the 55th Anniversary of the New York Agreement: MERDEKA FOR WEST PAPUA!

On the 55th year of the “Broken Promise,” the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and the Merdeka West Papua Support Network reiterate the call to free West Papua. We demand to allow the peoples of West Papua to vote for their independence, which was guaranteed by the New York Agreement of 15 August 1962.

The Papuans’ “act of free choice” never took place. We refuse to recognize the US imperialist-backed bogus referendum of 1969. The landmark agreement only officiated the turnover of West Papua’s colonization from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia.

This historical betrayal has led to the renewed national oppression and subjugation of West Papua. Its peoples only experienced extreme repression and genocide under the Indonesian colonial rule, whilst the riches of their ancestral lands are plundered. The government of Indonesia never fulfilled its “administrative responsibility” mandated by the agreement to advance the social, cultural, and economic development of West Papua.

The Papuans suffered from this grave injustice for more than half a century, and we say enough. It is time: Merdeka for West Papua!

We call the United Nations (UN) to fulfill its obligation to end colonialism and internationally facilitate a genuine referendum on independence among the peoples of West Papua. We also demand the UN to look into and act upon the widespread human rights violations in and territorial degradation of West Papua. The Indonesia government should be held accountable for its transgressions against the Papuan peoples.

Let us show our fervent support and solidarity to the global demonstration today, 15 August 2017, at London and in other parts of the world in commemoration of the “Day of Broken Promise.” Together, let us stand for West Papua’s self-determination and liberation.


#LetWestPapuaVote #BackTheSwim #FreeWestPapua

Let us also express our solidarity through this global petition addressed to the UN. These names will be delivered at the end of this month in Geneva after being swum 69 km across Lake Geneva by the Swim for West Papua team.

On the 2017 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Advance the Indigenous Peoples’ movement to greater heights!
Strengthen our solidarity for self-determination and liberation!

As we commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) challenges all Indigenous Peoples of the world to raise the ante of our campaigns and struggles for self-determination and liberation.

Discrimination, exclusion, poverty, and human rights violations plague our communities as governments and corporations cope with the global crisis through the seizure of our ancestral lands to plunder its riches.

Warring imperialist states have intensified foreign intervention especially of developing nations in order to preserve power amid worldwide economic depression. They make use of military offensives and deceptive political-economic arrangements sugarcoated as aid and development partnerships to impose their might over target territories. The United States, in particular, is using its “war on terror” to profit and get at par with rising superpowers China and Russia, whose international influence is gaining momentum.

This aggression has led to the heightening repression and militarism in marginalized communities including IP. We have witnessed the demolition of our homes, violations of rights, and erosion of identities as governments prioritize support of imperialist interests. Our children encounter threats and harassments more than the uplift of our well-being. Perpetrators point their guns at us; we live in tension and fear.

But that should not be the case. To claim this day as ours is to assert our distinct growth and freedom – in our terms, to our prosperity.

It is thus timely, more than ever, to expand our movement for self-determination and liberation in order to defeat all attempts to our marginalization and oppression. The difficult times attest the greater necessity of building the unity between and among Indigenous Peoples. We should arouse, organize, and mobilize our ranks as we consolidate our solidarity with non-IP allies to broaden our efforts and step up our battles for our lands and lives.

Let us take inspiration of the bravery and determination of fellow IP who scored feats in their respective historic disputes this year. In Africa, the Ogiek people in Kenya regained their legal rights over their ancestral Mau Forest after the continental Court on Human and People’s Rights ruled to their favor – a decade’s worth of arduous struggle (1). The same goes for the Júba Wajiín people of Mexico, with the federal court granting them judicial protection from government-conceded mining projects at the mountain region of Guerrero state (2).

We should also embody the same resolve of other IP groups who relentlessly carry on despite the odds. The people of West Papua are advancing their struggle for self-determination and liberation with a successfully concluded study conference in March. Meanwhile, Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines are embarking on another Lakbayan to the country’s capital to call the end of their communities’ militarization brought by Martial Law – notwithstanding the president’s threat to bomb their schools.

IPMSDL believes that through our collective struggle, greater victories are ours!


(1) http://www.aljazeera.com/…/kenya-ogiek-win-land-case-govern…

(2) http://earthfirstjournal.org/…/juba-wajiin-community-prote…/

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

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Reclaim Our Lands and Our Lives!


The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) joins the Manobo Lumad people of the Caraga region in the Philippines in their campaign to reclaim their ancestral lands and their ways of life. The Lumad of Surigao del Sur and the whole of Mindanao island in Southern Philippines have been actively campaigning for justice for victims of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by government forces as well as an end to the militarization of their ancestral lands.

On September 1, 2015, Emerito Samarca, director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), and Datu Jovello Sinzo and Dionel Campos were summarily executed by paramilitary forces under the Magahat-Bagani group supported by the Philippine military. The paramilitary and military forces then remained encamped in the area of Barangay Diatago, Lianga in Surigao del Sur province. The Manobo people from the said area had no choice but to leave their ancestral lands and way of life rather than suffer more abuses from government forces. Since then more violations were committed by government forces, resulting in the forced evacuation of more Lumad from their ancestral lands. Over 2000 Lumad from five different towns of Surigao del Sur province alone have been forced to endure a year of hardship in evacuation centers in the provincial capitol due to the government’s relentless campaign to sell ancestral lands to large corporations interested only in exploiting the natural resources of indigenous peoples’ lands. Until today, not a single soldier or paramilitary personnel has been convicted for crimes committed against the Lumad.

Today, the Lumad continue their heroic struggle against militarization and indigenous rights violations with the support of indigenous rights advocates from the Philippines and the rest of the world. On September 2, 2015, the Manobo people from Lianga will return to their village in Barangay Diatago as a symbol of the Lumad campaign to reclaim their ancestral lands and their lives from the hands of the military. This return and reconstruction will start a wave of “reclamations” by different Lumad groups of their ancestral lands that they have been forced to leave due the presence of military and paramilitary forces and large corporations.

We recognize this “reclamation” as an act of defiance by the Lumad against continuing state repression of Indigenous Peoples. We are also cognizant of the fact that state and military forces and large corporations with vested economic interests are sure to look upon this “reclamation” as a challenge to their power. It is all too likely that they will devise a more savage way of ensuring that ancestral lands remain, now and forever, in the hands of the powerful few. We expect instensification of militarization and landgrabbing of ancestral lands.  We urge our Lumad sisters and brothers to be ever vigilant in defending our territories and ways of life as we continue to strengthen our selves and the movement to uphold the right to self determination of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines.

We are one with the Lumad people of Mindanao in the campaign to reclaim and defend their territories and ways of life. We are awed by the courage of the Lumad in the face of great hardships they have faced the past year. We will continue to support the Indigenous People’s fight against militarization and other indigenous and people’s rights abuses not only in the Philippines but the rest of the world as well.

Reclaim Our Lands and Our Lives! Defend Our Territories and Ways Of Life! Stop The Killings! End Militarization!

Ms. Beverly Longid
IPMSDL Global Coordinator


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