Stand with West Papua for Liberation, Self-determination and Peace

The Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) strongly condemns the Indonesian police and military on their series of brutal repression and human rights violations against the West Papuan pro-independence activists and civilians.

Last year of December 5th, five West Papuan people were shot dead and 12 others injured when Indonesian troops and police fired into a crowd of civilians in the highlands region of Paniai. Prior to the massacre, the crowd had gathered in Karel Gobay Square in Paniai to protest against a group of Indonesian soldiers, who they say had beaten a 12-year-old boy the previous night.

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REJECT FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CRISIS ASSERT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION

At the onset of the Twentieth Conference of Parties (COP) of UN Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled from 1-12 December 2014 at Lima, Peru, Indigenous Peoples worldwide under the banner of the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) forward our concerns and expectations:

1) The COP 20 of UNFCCC is at a crucial moment to end the climate crisis, brought about by the aggressive and ruthless plunder of multinational corporations and imperialist countries for profits and power.

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People of the World, Surge Forward to Climate Justice!

It has been a year since Typhoon Haiyan struck central Philippines: one of the strongest and deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and missing, millions homeless and livelihoods destroyed.

In commemoration of the first year of Typhoon Haiyan and to honor all the victims of the global climate crisis, we declare this day, November 8, as International Day for Climate-Affected Communities as we call on all climate-impacted communities and their organizations to unite in demanding justice and system change.

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Pueblos del Mundo, avancemos hacia la Justicia Climática!

November 2, 2014

En el primer año tras el Tifón Haiyan

¡Pueblos del Mundo, avancemos hacia la Justicia Climática!

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Ya hace un año desde que el Tifón Haiyan azotó el centro de Filipinas: fue uno de los más fuertes y mortíferos ciclones tropicales de los que se tiene constancia, dejando miles de muertos y desaparecidos, millones de personas sin hogar y sus medios de vida destruidos.

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En conmemoración del primer aniversario del impacto del Tifón Haiyan y en honor a todas las víctimas de las crisis climáticas globales, declaramos este día, 8 de Noviembre, como el Día Internacional de las Comunidades Afectadas por el Cambio Climático, a la vez que hacemos un llamamiento a las comunidades impactadas por el cambio climático y a sus organizaciones para que se unan en la reivindicación de justicia y cambio de sistema.

Developing Countries and CC (Espanol)

El sufrimiento de las comunidades impactadas por el Tifón Haiyan es también similar al de incontables lugares alrededor del mundo. Globalmente, el número de desastres relacionados con el clima se ha triplicado desde la década de 1960. Cada año estos desastres resultan en alrededor de 60.000 muertes, principalmente en países subdesarrollados. Las pérdidas económicas directas en relación al PIB (alrededor de 100 billones de dólares americanos por año en la última década) fueron más del doble en los países de bajo ingreso en comparación con los países de alto ingreso. De media, 250 millones de personas se ven afectadas anualmente, un aumento de más del 30 por ciento en solo una década como resultado del cambio climático. Las mujeres son las que más sufren en términos de morbilidad (hasta 14 veces más), pérdida de medios de vida a largo plazo, migración forzosa, conflictos relacionados con el clima y, pese a ello, apenas tienen influencia sobre las políticas climáticas a nivel local e internacional.

Las Islas Carteret de Papua Nueva Guinea están literalmente hundiéndose, con olas gigantes arrasando cultivos y el creciente nivele del mar envenenando con sal los que quedan. La población indígena se ha visto forzada a emigrar y reestablecerse, convirtiéndose en los primeros refugiados climáticos.

En América Central, como en muchos lugares del Sur Global, los climas más cálidos han resultado en cosechas reducidas, incremento de plagas y enfermedades en las plantas y pérdidas en el ganado. Lo mismo ocurre en una serie de países en África, como Kenia, donde una sequía perenne ha diezmado la mayor parte del ganado y los cultivos de agricultores y comunidades pastorales. Esto es catastrófico para las regiones donde millones de personas dependen ampliamente de la agricultura para su alimentación e ingreso.

En la región del Sur de Asia, lluvias más frecuentes e intensas están destruyendo vidas y medios de vida. En Pakistán, patrones climáticos frecuentes e intensos está destruyendo las cosechas, particularmente en las provincias de Punjab del Sur y el Sind, las cuales proporcionan la mayor parte del suministro de trigo y arroz para todo el país. En Junio de 2013 en Uttarakhand, India, más de 5.700 personas muriendo a causa de rápidas inundaciones y corrimientos de tierra. Este año, los estados de Jammu y Cachemira sufrieron lluvias intensas 400 veces mayores que la media.

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Esta locura es el resultado directo del sistema capitalista global que está basado en un crecimiento ilimitado de la extracción, producción, consumición y deshecho para el logro de un crecimiento sin fin de los beneficios. Una pequeña fracción de la población mundial se beneficia de este sistema – el uno por ciento más rico posee actualmente cerca de la mitad de toda la riqueza global. Las economías desarrolladas, que cuentan con el 15% de la población global, usan alrededor de la mitad de los recursos y son las que más contribuyen en términos de degradación medioambiental.

Tomamos consciencia del alcance de estas injusticias a la vez que el neoliberalismo menoscaba aun más la capacidad de los países en la frontera del cambio climático para responder a sus devastadores efectos. La infraestructura pública y social ha sido desatendida o incluso desmantelada como resultado de las políticas de privatización y austeridad impuestas en los países del desarrollo por las instituciones financieras internacionales. Millones de personas ven denegados servicios básicos como la salud, el agua, la gestión de residuos – que han sido transferidas a las manos del un sector privado guiado por los beneficios. La desregulación, implementada para favorecer al sector privado, ha llevado a un deterioro de las condiciones de vida – tanto sociales como medioambientales. Mientras el cambio climático amplia el número y la severidad de los desastres naturales, se amplía también el sufrimiento de los pobres a la vez que las causas profundas de su vulnerabilidad convierten acontecimientos naturales en desastres crónicos y dificultan una recuperación rápida.

Y, como buitres disfrutando de los restos de los muertos, los grandes negocios, en connivencia con los gobiernos y autoridades, han ideado incluso la manera de sacar beneficios de las tragedias de las personas. Hay numerosas pruebas de áreas afectadas por desastres que han sido convertidas en “zonas de inversión” para alianzas público-privadas entre grandes negocios extranjeros y locales, a menudo desposeyendo a comunidades previamente desplazadas.

Los pobres de las comunidades afectadas por el clima no tienen más opción que tratar de recoger las piezas de sus vidas después de cada desastre. En medio de la ineficiencia, corrupción e indiferencia de los gobiernos ante sus problemas, construyen solidaridad para protegerse entre si durante las calamidades, comparten recursos y mitigan los padecimientos.

Por todo ello, reivindicamos el final de las políticas y programas que violan la integridad de la naturaleza, saquean el medio ambiente y exponen a las comunidades ya vulnerables a sufrimientos y miserias aún mayores.

Rechazamos las falsas soluciones al cambio climático, como la “economía verde” corporativa y los planes orientados al beneficio, así como el comercio y las compensaciones de carbono, los pagos por los servicios de los ecosistemas, la producción de agro combustibles a gran escala, los planes de geoingeniería, el control de las energías renovables por parte de las corporaciones, la liberalización de los bienes y servicios medioambientales y otras medidas propuestas por algunas instituciones globales, gobiernos del norte y corporaciones. Estas medidas y políticas no son si no intentos de lavar el capitalismo con una fachada verde, objetivizar las capacidades de la naturaleza para proporcionar vida y sustento y concentrar aun más los recursos en las manos de las élites y sus grandes corporaciones.

Los países del capitalismo avanzado tienen la responsabilidad histórica de tomar acciones climáticas más ambiciosas por ser los principales contribuidores al cambio climático. Estos países deben comprometerse a metas cuantificables que mantengan bajo tierra el 80% de las reservas conocidas de combustibles fósiles y aseguren que la concentración de gases de efecto invernadero en la atmósfera retorne a las 300 ppm. Deben proporcionar los medios para prevenir, minimizar y tratar los daños que emergen de su contaminación acumulativa en la atmósfera como parte de su deuda ecológica con los pueblos del sur global. Deben también cargar con los costes de la transferencia a los países en desarrollo de la tecnología necesaria para mitigar el cambio climático.

Estas demandas han de ser reflejadas en un acuerdo vinculante entre los gobiernos que actualmente negocian un nuevo acuerdo climático y una nueva agenda de desarrollo que será finalizada en 2015. Un nuevo mecanismo internacional para abordar las pérdidas y daños asociados con los impactos del cambio climático en los países en desarrollo debería ser adoptado para proporcionar una financiación adecuada y que no cree deuda, incluyendo fondos de compensación, cancelación de la deuda, planes de protección social y adaptación y mitigación lideradas por la comunidad y sensibles al género. Debe haber una plena y eficaz participación de las comunidades afectadas, incluyendo a las mujeres, en todos los niveles de toma de decisiones para abordar el cambio climático.

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Pero, más importante, debemos luchar colectivamente contra el actual sistema, el cual es la causa principal del acuciante desastre ambiental. Está claro que las motivaciones básicas que mueven al capitalismo –es decir, expandirse, crecer y acumular más beneficio para unos pocos- están en contradicción con la realidad de los recursos naturales finitos y decrecientes de la tierra. Necesitamos encontrar un sistema alternativo y sostenible que asegure las necesidades materiales e inmateriales básicas para todas las personas a la vez que proteja el bienestar y equilibrio de la biosfera.

Mientras señalamos el aniversario del Tifón Haiyan y honramos la memoria de nuestras familias, parientes y amigos, decidimos continuar construyendo resiliencia popular frente al cambio climático a través de la solidaridad. Nos comprometemos a luchar por la justicia climática y a construir un nuevo sistema basado en la gestión racional, colectiva y democrática del uso de recursos en interés de los pueblos y el bienestar del planeta. ###

Firmantes Iniciales:

People Surge, Philippines | Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development (People’s Goals) | IBON International | People’s Movement on Climate Change (PMCC) | Land is Life | Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) | Kalikasan – People’s Network for the Environment, Philippines | Friends of the Earth International | Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) |  WALHI – Friends of the Earth, Indonesia | Idle No More | International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality (IOSDE) | Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN) | Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON), India | Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India (PAIRVI), India | Tamil Nadu Womens Forum, India | Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Bangladesh | People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) | Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN-AP) | Roots for Equity, Pakistan | Associación Raxcho’ch’ Oxlaju AJ (AROAJ), Guatemala | Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Nigeria | Ethiopian Consumer Society, Ethiopia | Third World Health Aid, Belgium | People’s Health Movement | Solidagro, Belgium | Society for Rural Education and Development, India | Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE) | Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), Malaysia | Kapaeeng Foundation, Bangladesh | Papora Indigenous Development Association, China/Taiwan | Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), Nepal | Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples (TFIP), Philippines | Centre for Research and Advocacy (CRAM), Manipur | Sevalanka Foundation, Sri Lanka | Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC), Philippines | Centre for Sustainable Community Development (S-CODE), Vietnam | Kalipunan ng Mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), Philippines | Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona (UBINIG), Bangladesh | International Womens Alliance (IWA) | Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Philippines | Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) | Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), Philippines | African Biodiversity Network | Ugnayan ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), Philippines | SFA-Machakos, Kenya | Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP)| Mugal Indigenous Women Upliftment Institute MIWUI (Nepal) | Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), Thailand | Solidaritas Perempuan (SP), Indonesia | National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), Sri Lanka | Rural Women’s Association Alga, Kyrgyzstan | Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries/Medical Mission Sisters | Labour,Health and Human Rights Development Centre, Nigeria | UDYAMA, India | Bangladesh Krishok Federation | Presentation Sisters of Western Australia | Migrante International | Kilifi Distric Smallholders Farmers Association (KiDiSFA), Kenya | Migrante – Middle East | Rwanda Youth Alliance for Climate Actions (RYACA) | AMIHAN (National Federation of Peasant Women’s Associations), Philippines | Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency, PNG | Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights in Manipur and UN (CSCHR) | Centre for Organisation Research & Education (CORE) | Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer (FEIM) | International AIDS Womens Caucus (IAWC) | Women Won’t Wait End Gender Violence and HIV/AIDS NOW! | Ugnayang Pilipino sa Belgium (UPB) | Kenya Smallholder Farmers Association | Centre Tricontinental (CETRI) | William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador, Salem-news.com, UK | Migrante Australia | Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation, India | PINAY Quebec, Canada | Dignity International | Pax Romana ICMICA | South Bronx Unite | Centre for Human Rights and Development. Mongolia | Society of Presentation Sisters of Australia and Papua New Guinea | Indigenous Women and Children Foundation, India | Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association (IDEA), Ireland | Intal, Belgium | National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). USA | Global Forest Coalition | International-Lawyers.Org (Suisse NGO) | Association for Promotion Sustainable Development, India | Quercus – Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza, Portugal | Sociedade Sinhá Laurinha – SlauAmbiental, Brazil | Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Nigeria | Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice | Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), Philippines | Endorois Welfare Council in Baringo County, Kenya  | Anglican Alliance| International Presentation Association | Coordinación de ONG y Cooperativas (CONGCOOP), Guatemala | Fundación de Estudios para la Aplicación del Derecho (FESPAD), El Salvador | Nahual Foundation | Secretaría Nacional de Medio Ambiente del FMLN (SENAMA-FMLN), EL Salvador | League of Filipino Students – SFSU, U.S.A | Marielos  Orellana | Sr. Sheila Kelleher, PBVM |  Sr. Maura Fitzsimons, PBVM | Sr. Pat Davis, PBVM | Programa De Campesino a Campesino (PCAC  y  MAELA), El Salvador | Federación de Cooperativas para el Desarrollo (FECODESA R.L.) Nicaragua – Centroamérica | Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) | Cordillera Youth Center (CYC), Philippines | Aboriginal Rights Coalition | Alternativa Salvadoreña de Cooperativas (ALSACOOP), El Salvador | Confederación Nacional de Cooperativas Agropecuaria de El Salvador (CONFENACOA), El Salvador | Confederación Salvadoreña de Cooperativas (CONSALCOOP), El Salvador | Movimiento Salvadoreño por la Defensa de la Vida ante el Cambio Climático (MOSDEVI), El Salvador | Asociación de Directivas para el Mejoramiento del las Comunidades del Norte de Usulután (DIMECONU) | Asociación Nacional Campesina (ANC) | Society of Presentation Sisters of Australia & Papua New Guinea | Fundación Picachos | Fundación FUNETAP | Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) | Botswana Khewedon San Council | Kabisaka Water Resource Users Association (Kabisaka WRUA) |  Super Ethnic Minorities Rights , Kenya | Nubian Human Rights Forum | Peoples Advancement Centre (PAC), Nigeria | Okogun Odigie Safewomb International Foundation (OOSAIF) | Avaaz.org | groundWork – Friends of the Earth South Africa | ULTeRA – Union Latinoamericana de Tecnic@s Rurales y Agrarios | Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, USA | Asociación Salvadoreña-Mesoamericana de Construcción de Paz (AMESCOPAZ), El Salvador | Friends of the Earth International | Asociación Civil Clectivo MAIZAL | FOE Mauritius | CEAG – Centro de Educación Ambiental de Guarulhos | SHISUK | Brigada Cimarrona Sebastian Lemba | Bolivian Platform on Climate Change | Netherlands Philippine Solidarity Movement (NFS) |

Indigenous Peoples on the move at UN side actions

26 September 2014

NEW YORK. Norma Maldonado, an indigenous woman from Guatemala, came to New York for her three minutes of intervention space at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

“It was worth it not because of the UN alone but because of the parallel activities initiated by indigenous peoples themselves,” she said.

The conference was attended by some 2,200 indigenous peoples from 100 countries.

Over the past week, the International Peoples’ Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) in partnership with other organizations initiated a forum on engagement with the UN system. It formed a colourful indigenous contingency in the largest climate march in history and participated in the civil society report back forum.

In partnership with the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), it also co-organized a People’s General Assembly after the UN meetings.

Beverly Longid, coordinator of IPMSDL, reported that they were able to bring together indigenous activists representing the six global regions.

“We were able to build an international IP movement for self-determination and liberation based on strengthening IP organizations on the mandate for international advocacy,” Longid said.

IPMSDL was also able to convene its International Coordinating Committee composed of representatives from Asia, Pacific, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America.

“Gaining new experiences and having a strengthened organization, IPMSDL is looking forward to the peoples’ summit and march, parallel to the COP in December this year,” Longid added.

Solo el pueblo, salva al pueblo

(Only the people themselves can save the people)

Windel Bolinget from the Philippines lamented that the WCIP is not a real conference of indigenous peoples.

“It is but a high level meeting of the General Assembly of the UN system. It is the unity and perseverance of the indigenous peoples that asserted their space in this assembly. It is the indigenous peoples who should be credited for the achievements recognized in the Outcome Document. The challenge is for governments and corporations to comply with their commitments,” Bolinget said.

The adoption of the Outcome Document is just the formalization of negotiations based on the demands embodied in the Alta Outcome Document of the global meeting initiated and convened by indigenous peoples in June 2013 in Norway.

Among the gains were equal time given for interventions of the governments and the IP’s and formal actions committed to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

“Recognizing the rights of IP as peoples and nations, collective right to land, territories and resources and indigenous knowledge, systems and practices are core issues of the historical struggle against systemic oppression of governments,” Bolinget said.

UN commitments short

The IPMSDL, however, criticized that the adopted document did not incorporate all their substantial demands.

“It completely rejected the demands against militarization of communities and political repression. There was no categorical statement on the right to self-determination and no clear mention on the treaties between IP and governments,” it noted.

“There is a need for fundamental and radical change for the indigenous peoples’ rights to be respected, and for the historical violations to be rectified,” said Leborsi Saro Pyagbara, President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People.

Leonard Imbiri, an indigenous leader from West Papua added that “IP doesn’t only confine its struggles within the UN. There is a greater need to strengthen the grassroots and widen international solidarity for self-determination.” ###

IPMSDL, CPA co-organize series of activities during UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and UN Climate Summit

From September 19-24 in New York, the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), joint with Land is Life, Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS), and BAYAN-USA organized various activities during the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and UN Climate Summit.

Dubbed “Maximizing and Creating Spaces: An Interactive Learning for Indigenous Peoples during the UN WCIP and Climate Summit,” the activities are a series of learning and exchanges, and protest actionsheld outside of the UN aimed at:
• Consolidating and planning for ways forward in advancing indigenous peoples’ grassroots movement for self-determination and disseminating alternatives of equity and development justice
• Exposing the real state of indigenous peoples and expose the continuing non-recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights, the continuing and expanding expropriation of indigenous lands, territories and resources for capitalist profit, and the unending violations of indigenous peoples’ human rights.

IMG_0044On September 19, 2014, more than 60 indigenous peoples and advocates participated in the First Part of the activities, a 2-series forum on indigenous peoples’ solidarity and engagement with the UN WCIP and on the global multiple crisis and people’s resistance. Through the interactive discussion and sharing of experiences and lessons of indigenous peoples’ organizations in engaging the United Nations, followed by a learning session on the global and climate crisis and people’s resistance, indigenous leaders from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Pacific, Arctic, and North America along with IP advocates were in agreement on the importance of creating our own spaces or holding our own activities outside of the UN processes.

On September 20, the Second Part of the activities which focused on building the grassroots indigenous peoples’ movement for self determination gathered members of the IPMSDL and other IP organizationsfor strategic planning on strengthening grassroots movements for self determination and advancing IP right to self determination at the international level. The activity also delved on indigenous peoples’ position, analysis and strategies in promoting IP self-determined and sustainable development especially in relation to development aid and development effectiveness.

IPMSDL members

On September 21, CPA, IPMSDL and numerous IP organizations joined the 400,000-strong People’s Climate March, the biggest climate march in world history. We joined other IP organizations in calling for States, United Nations and the international public to listen to Indigenous Peoples and for climate justice now. In recent years, there is no denying that the Philippines has suffered so much from the impact of climate change with the aftermatch of typhoon Haiyan alone. CPA reiterated its demand for the Philippine government and corporations to stop development aggression and plunder in the Cordillera and other indigenous territories, and instead uphold our indigenous socio-political systems and traditional knowledge that are viable alternatives to the current market-based and profit-oriented climate change solutions.

For the Third Part of the series of activities with focus on IP Engagement with UN, Governments, States and Civil Society, we joined hundreds of indigenous peoples that participated in the High Level Plenary Meeting of the UN known as the WCIP on September 22-23. In the formal sessions of the WCIP, CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget expressed our disappointment and condemnation that nothing in the Outcome Document mentions about commitment from States to stop State violence, militarization, and political repression against indigenous peoples. Specifically, Bolinget called on the Philippine government and the intervention of the UN to stop the military operations in Abra province which claimed the lives of two civilians, Engr. Fidela Salvador and Noel Viste; pull-out State military troops in indigenous communities; scrap the State policy of OplanBayanihan; and for the resumption of the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front to address the root causes of the armed conflict towards just and lasting peace.

Intervention during WCIP

Bolinget, in another statement during the WCIP session, expressed CPA’s utmost concern on the WCIP Outcome Document which made no explicit mention of indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination which is a central issue among indigenous peoples worldwide. Our rights to our lands, territories and resources are way far from being implemented due to the intensified State and corporate plunder of our lands, territories and resources under the current neoliberal development paradigm which puts State interests and corporate profit over people’s genuine development and well-being. Development projects, coupled with militarization and human rights violations, often violate our right to Free Prior and Informed Consent. Worse, these violations are institutionalized through State laws and policies such as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, and government agencies such as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Other members of the IPMSDL have likewise raised concerns on their own struggles and issues regarding implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights at the local and national level during the WCIP.

On September 24, CPA and IPMSDL participated in a civil society report-back on the results of the WCIP and the UN Climate Summit where grassroots organizations reflected on the outcome of the UN meetings and what needs to be done. Following this, we participated in the People’s General Assembly on the Post-2015 Development Agenda which gathered development perspectives from grassroots people’s organizations. Indigenous peoples tackled the genuine development for indigenous peoples through Self Determined and Sustainable Development which is based on the principles of people’s participation, self-reliance, social justice, gender equality, integration with ecosystems, and human rights based approach to development.

Peoples General Assembly
Peoples General Assembly

IPMSDL and CPA, in solidarity with indigenous peoples from various parts of the world who are similarly struggling for the genuine respect of the right to self determination, seizes all opportunities to raise our issues and demands for the genuine respect of our human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights at the local, national and international level of engagements. #

IPMSDL participates in the People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014 in New York City

IPMSDL members

A Storm of Actions and Protests – Maximizing and Creating Spaces: An Interactive Learning for Indigenous Peoples during the UN WCIP and Climate Summit (September 2014)

Watch the short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6q9HIF81Jg&feature=youtu.be. 

DECLARATION of the Asia Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Workshop on Extractive Industries, Energy and Human Rights: Advance the Right to Self Determined Development of Indigenous Peoples!

We, 68 participants of the ASIA REGIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ WORKSHOP ON EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES, ENERGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, held in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines on April 20-22, 2014; representing 54 indigenous peoples organizations and advocate groups in Asia, Pacific, Africa, South America and USA; hereby declare our position in relation to the encroachment of extractive industries and energy projects in indigenous peoples’ territories.

Photo by Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)
Photo by Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)

We are concerned with the aggressive pursuance of neoliberal globalization, whereby indigenous peoples’ land, lives, territories and resources are increasingly privatized and liberalized. The current development model undermines indigenous peoples’ sustainable way of life based on our deep respect, care, and inseparable relationship with Mother Earth. The overwhelming focus on private sector-led development and Public Private Partnership in the exploitation of territories and lands, forest, water, aerial and energy resources will further undermine indigenous peoples’ culture, tradition, identity and human rights.

With Asia becoming the new economic hub, we have witnessed the massive exploitation of our lands and resources in the name of development. Mining, hydropower dams, large scale plantations, oil exploration, geothermal projects, economic land concessions, special economic zones and economic transformation programs, imposition of commercial agriculture dependent on agrochemicals, security zones such as ESSCOM in Malaysia and national parks and other conservation projects are just among the many projects being imposed in our territories without our Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and without recognition of our right to self determination. Food insecurity, pollution, displacement, destruction of sacred sites, militarization, health hazards, trafficking of and violence against indigenous women and girls as well as violations to our civil and political rights are among the many violations we are experiencing.

Furthermore, the current regional cooperation funded by international financial institutions, coursed through governments and regional economic cooperation among governments such as the ASEAN and SAARC with an aim to promote free trade among countries, is increasing our vulnerability and marginalization. A case in point is the power grid, roads and railways being constructed connecting Asian countries in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Integration being planned for 2015.

Another issue we face is the peace processes, where our life, identity, sovereignty, land and resources are at stake. This is evident in our misrepresentation/nonrepresentation of current peace processes in Mindanao,

Philippines, India, and Bangladesh and among the ethnic nationalities in Myanmar, in which our full and effective participation is not ensured and our peace processes not respected and not implemented particularly in Northeast India and Bangladesh. These crucial issues have driven us to wage struggles and movements for our right to self-determination and self-determined development against unsustainable development processes. At the same time, we promote our development alternatives, based on respect and protection of our lands, territories and resources, cultural integrity and empowerment, social and economic wellbeing of indigenous peoples, sustainable resource management, and self-governance through our customary institutions.

In the light of the alarming situation in Asia and our enduring struggles to defend our rights as indigenous peoples, we forward the following key recommendations for urgent and appropriate action by those concerned:

For governments in Asia:

  1. Stop destructive extractive industries, energy projects, economic land concessions, mono-crop plantations and other intrusions into our ancestral territories. Review and revoke licenses, permits, concessions and other agreements issued for projects that have been found to be detrimental to the interests of indigenous peoples.
  2. Ensure our constitutional recognition as indigenous peoples and our inherent rights as affirmed by the UNDRIP. Review national legal frameworks, and enact legislations and formulate policies consistent with the UNDRIP, and ensure their proper implementation. Repeal/amend legislations violating indigenous peoples rights.
  3. Recognize and respect our right to self-determination and free prior informed consent (FPIC), in accordance with indigenous political structures and customary systems of governance and other forms of collective decision making, including the decision to say no to development projects and policies that violate our rights.
  4. Stop militarization of indigenous communities, human rights violations, killings of indigenous peoples and advocates and criminalization of peoples’ legitimate resistance in the assertion of our collective rights. Give justice and hold perpetrators accountable of past violations
  5. Establish appropriate consultation and grievance mechanisms with indigenous people and other development actors at different levels.
  6. Establish documentation, monitoring and information mechanisms on the development projects implemented in indigenous territories to ensure transparency.
  7. Establish a corporate accountability framework for public and private corporations.

For International Financial Institutions (IFI):

  1. Stop funding extractive industries, energy projects, plantations and other projects that destroy indigenous peoples’ land, resources and cultural identity. Ensure that companies have obtained the FPIC of indigenous communities as a prerequisite before extending any financing for projects in indigenous peoples’ territories.
  2. IFI funding for projects where military and paramilitary forces are being used as security forces resulting to human rights violations should be stopped immediately and no further support should be extended.
  3. Ensure transparency and full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the review process of the safeguard policies of IFIs. Ensure the alignment of these safeguard policies with international human rights instruments including the UNDRIP.
  4. Appropriate enforcement mechanisms and sanctions should be strictly enforced and properly monitored to strengthen the implementation of the safeguards.

For Corporations:

  1. Respect international standards on indigenous peoples, especially the UNDRIP, ILO Convention 169 and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These international standards should be mainstreamed within corporate policy and practice.
  2. Respect FPIC as a process defined and managed by the indigenous communities whose lives are impacted by proposed extractive and energy projects. Respect indigenous peoples’ own FPIC protocols or policies where these exist.

For Civil Society Organizations:

  1. Support indigenous communities’ local struggles by extending assistance for research, information, education, advocacy and lobby. Support capacity building of indigenous peoples for the effective assertion of our rights.

For Indigenous Peoples organizations and communities:

  1. Strengthen and sustain our sustainable ways of life for the future generations and our resolve in defending our land, territories and resources against destructive projects.
  2. Strengthen our organizations to assert our rights when dealing with extractive industries and other projects that impact on our lives and territories. Build alliances among indigenous peoples and with wider networks and organizations in order to engender the broadest possible support for our struggles.
  3. Utilize relevant processes and possible avenues of complaint and redress at local, national and international levels. Learn from the experiences of other communities to inform our local decision-making and planning.

We also agree to take the following concrete steps as ways forward:

  1. Strengthen and expand the Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy Projects (AIPNEE) and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD).
  2. Support ongoing and organize sustained campaigns on extractive industries, energy and human rights to support the local struggles of indigenous communities.
  3. Conduct national and international lobby activities targeting governments, ASEAN, SAARC, IFIs, UN, and companies investing and operating in our lands.
  4. Extend concrete solidarity support to fellow indigenous peoples across the world waging struggles against extractives and energy projects, human rights violations, and the current unsustainable development model.

PactoAsia

Affirmed by the Workshop participants on this 22nd day of April, 2014 in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.

Pueblos Indígenas de Asia rechazan industrias que avasallan su desarrollo autónomo

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– Participaron representantes de Bangladesh, Camboya, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal y Filipinas.

Servindi, 5 de mayo, 2014.- Un rechazo a las industrias extractivas y destructivas, perjudiciales para los intereses de los pueblos indígenas y que avasallan su desarrollo con autonomía expresó un encuentro regional de los pueblos indígenas de Asia, suscrito en Filipinas.

Se trata del Taller Regional sobre Industrias Extractivas, Energía y Derechos Humanos organizado por el Pacto de los Pueblos Indígenas de Asia (AIPP), Philippine Task Force on Indigenous Peoples (TFIP), la Alianza de los Pueblos de la Cordillera (CPA), la Red de los Pueblos Indígenas de Asia sobre el Cambio Climático (AIPNEE), y la Red Defensores de los Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IPHRD).

La declaración suscrita el 22 de abril en Sagada, provincia de Mountain, Filipinas, pidió revisar y revocar las licencias, permisos, concesiones y otros acuerdos firmados para proyectos perjudiciales.

Asimismo, exhortó a las instituciones financieras internacionales dejar de financiar industrias extractivas, proyectos energéticos, plantaciones y otros emprendimientos que destruyen las tierras, recursos e identidad cultural de los pueblos indígenas.

También, asegurar el consentimiento libre, previo e informado de las comunidades indígenas como prerrequisito antes de brindar cualquier financiamiento para proyectos en sus territorios.

El costo del desarrollo asiático lo pagan los indígenas

La declaración observa que mientras el continente asiático se convierte en una nueva potencia económica se incrementa la inseguridad alimentaria, los desplazamientos, la destrucción de sitios sagrados, la militarización, las amenazas a la salud y el tráfico de jóvenes y mujeres indígenas.

La explotación masivas de las tierras indígenas, la minería, las represas hidroeléctricas, las plantaciones de gran escala, la exploración petrolera, los proyectos geotérmicos, las zonas económicas especiales, la imposición de la agricultura comercial dependiente de agroquímicos entre otros proyectos se imponen sin el consentimiento de los pueblos, violando el derecho a la autodeterminación.

Respuesta indígena

Entre los acuerdos adoptados para enfrentar las agresiones se encuentra consolidar y expandir la Red Asiática de Pueblos Indígenas sobre Proyectos Extractivos y Energéticos (AIPNEE) y laRed de Defensores de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (IPHRD).

Asimismo, organizar campañas y apoyar las vigentes sobre industrias extractivas, energía yderechos humanos, para fortalecer las luchas locales de los pueblos indígenas.

Otro acuerdo es conducir adelante actividades de lobby nacionales e internacionales que apunten a gobiernos, a la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN) y la Asociación Surasiática para la Cooperación Regional (SAARC), instituciones financieras multilaterales, Naciones Unidas y las empresas con inversiones u operaciones en nuestras tierras.

Finalmente, extender su apoyo solidario concreto para los indígenas que en todo el mundoluchan contra proyectos extractivos y energéticos, violaciones a los derechos humanos y el actual modelo de desarrollo insustentable.

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A continuación el texto completo de la declaración:

Taller Regional de los Pueblos Indígenas de Asia sobre Industrias Extractivas, Energía y Derechos Humanos