IPMSDL side events on UNPFII 2015

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Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) in partnership with the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) held a two-part series open workshop on “Forming a Rights-Based Policy on Indigenous Peoples’ Self-Determined and Sustainable Development.” The first part on Friday, April 24th from 1:15pm to 2:45pm at the Amartya Sen Room, 10th floor UNDP Building, 304 45th Street, while the second part on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00am to 12:00nn at UN Church Center, 8th floor.

These formed part of the side events in the recently held 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York from 20 April to 01 May, 2015.

The said side-event was an open workshop to gather inputs (ideas, proposals, comments, etc.) to the development of a Policy Paper on Indigenous Peoples and Development. The general program of the side event was an introduction and rationale of the open workshop and the said policy paper, discussion of 3-5 questions in breakout groups that elicited inputs from the participants, synthesis of the breakout groups and an introduction to the IPMSDL.

Participants to the workshops asserted that indigenous concept of development is founded on the principle of self-determination, as asserted in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), where Indigenous Peoples “freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.” They also raised common issues and concerns on control and ownership over Indigenous Peoples lands and territories, on physical violence and rape of women and girls, on threats to life and security, and on health arising from corporate activities such as mining, energy, tourism and other corporate schemes.

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The IPMSDL shall further develop the Policy paper through a series of regional and global consultative workshops within the year.

In solidarity, while in New York, it also joined the global protests to stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, a former Filipino overseas worker that an Indonesia court sentenced to death by firing squad because of drug smuggling. The IPMSDL calls for a Stop to Human Trafficking. Indigenous Peoples are also victims of this global crime. On April 29, President Widodo of Indonesia granted a temporary reprieve to allow a reinvestigation of the case.

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