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Thai Government reminded again of human rights obligations

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) has again reminded the Royal Thai Government of its human rights obligations towards the Karen people in Kaeng Krachan National Park, and more widely to support and promote the retention and celebration of Karen culture as per the Royal Thai Government resolu

Thailand: Karens to appeal court verdict legalizing their forced evictions; indigenous organizations call for effective redress

Karen representatives today vowed to appeal against the recent Thai court verdict that ruled the authorities did not break the law in burning their properties to forcefully evict them from Kaeng Krachan National Park. Indigenous rights groups have called for effective redress for the affected communities saying that the ruling violated international human rights law.

Karen Indigenous People - Request for Consideration of the Situation

An Urgent Action / Early Warning submission has been submitted to UNCERD (UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) from the Karen Network on Culture and Environment, the Indigenous Peoples Education and Environment Foundation, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the violation of the land righ

Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples’ rights

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

AIPP calls for greater respect for indigenous rights in the safeguards of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Public Statement, 23 October 2015 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has called for greater respect for the rights of indigenous peoples inits comments [link to the letter] on the draft Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The comments endorsed by 119 organizations from 27 countries include recommendations for stronger safeguard for indigenous peoples.

Joint AIPP and FPP submission to the World Bank

The purpose of this submission is to highlight key issues for indigenous peoples in the new Environmental and Social safeguard system proposed by the World Bank. The policies referred to herein are the Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) and the Environmental and Social Standards (ESS), 1 through 10, with particular focus on ESS7 on indigenous peoples.

COP12 Agrees on the use of “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities” in Decisions and Secondary Documents under the Convention of Biological Diversity

With the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”, the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) was held from 6th to 17th October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Korea. The meeting aimed at raising international awareness on the essential role of biodiversity and its contribution to sustainable development, as well as at highlighting biodiversity in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Widespread calls for release and investigation of Mr Billy (Pholachi)’s disappearance

FPP joins with indigenous organisations and human rights groups around the world in calling for the immediate release of, and investigation of the disappearance of, the young Karen leader Mr. Billy, or Pholachi Rakchongcharoen. Mr Billy disappeared on the 17th of April, and is an active human rights defender working on the rights of Karen communities in Kaeng Krachan National Parks.

To read the letter sent to the UN CERD please click here

Indigenous women call on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to recognise indigenous peoples' collective rights

“To address the specific situations faced by indigenous women, the collective rights of indigenous peoples must be recognized as part of protecting the individual rights of indigenous persons. Interpretation and application of human rights treaties concerned with individual rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), should happen with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Recommendation made to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) by AIPP, NIWF and FPP

Las mujeres indígenas piden al Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer que reconozca los derechos colectivos de los pueblos indígenas

«Para abordar las situaciones concretas a las que se enfrentan las mujeres indígenas, los derechos colectivos de los pueblos indígenas deben ser reconocidos como parte de la protección de los derechos individuales de los indígenas. A la hora de interpretar y aplicar los tratados de derechos humanos que cubren los derechos individuales, entre ellos la Convención sobre la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación contra la mujer (CEDAW), se debería tomar como referencia la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas».

Perempuan Adat menyerukan Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi Terhadap Perempuan untuk mengakui hak-hak kolektif masyarakat adat

"Untuk menangani situasi-situasi khusus yang dihadapi oleh perempuan adat, hak-hak kolektif masyarakat adat harus diakui sebagai bagian dari tindakan untuk melindungi hak-hak individu masyarakat adat. Interpretasi dan penerapan perjanjian-perjanjian hak asasi manusia yang berkaitan dengan hak-hak individu, termasuk Konvensi Penghapusan Segala Bentuk Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (CEDAW), harus dilakukan dengan mengacu pada Deklarasi PBB tentang Hak-hak Masyarakat Adat "

Rekomendasi yang dibuat untuk Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Komite CEDAW) oleh AIPP, FPP dan NIWF

Statement by indigenous peoples at the REDD+ Partnership Meeting in Warsaw, Poland on 10 November 2013

Thank you co-chairs and distinguished parties delegates, for this opportunity to speak on behalf of indigenous peoples.

We would like to acknowledge last month’s decision of the REDD+ Partnership to allocate funding for the representation of indigenous peoples and local communities at partnership meetings until the end of 2014. This will facilitate the articulation of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns from the ground. The regional caucuses of indigenous peoples shall undergo the self-selection process and inform about their representatives to the partnership.