Publications about indigenous peoples and issues in Asia

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Indigenous women and girls are the most vulnerable group in Bangladesh. They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, language, religion, class and geographic location. According to Kapaeeng Foundation’s statistics, from January 2007 to September 2016, there have been at least 466 reported incidents of violence against indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh.

Kapaeeng Foundation, BIWN & IWGIA - 2016 October

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With its 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international processes, this new edition of THE INDIGENOUS WORLD gives a comprehensive overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015

IWGIA - 2016 April

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Alma Grace Barla
This book tells the life stories of a number of extraordinary tribal women, who has contributed to modern Indian nation building, fought for independence, lead contemporary social movements or achieved outstanding results within sports.

IWGIA - 2015 December

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Gladson Dungdung
This book addresses the contemporary issues of mining and communities in Eastern India. It documents the struggles and the human rights violations in Saranda Forest which is one of the most extensive surviving Sal forests in Asia, a centre of bio-diversity and a repository of India's rich Adivasi cultural heritage. Its destruction by mining companies aided by the government is testimony to the short term thinking of a modernising state blinded by its rhetoric of development.

Bir Buru Omapay Media & Entertainment LLP - 2015 August

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This publication sums up the experiences and lessons learnt from strengthening the capacity of indigenous peoples in using the human rights based framework in asserting the right to development as it has been implemented in ten indigenous communities in the Philippines.

Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Legal Center - DINTEG - 2015 August

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Report on the struggle against the Xstrata-SMI mining venture in the Blaan ancestral territory on Mindanao, the Philippines.

DINTEG & KALUHHAMIN - 2015 August

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It documents seven case studies which were conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal and Thailand to take stock of the changes in livelihood and food security among indigenous shifting cultivation communities in South and Southeast Asia against the backdrop of the rapid socio-economic transformations currently engulfing the region.

FAO, IWGIA & AIPP - 2015 May

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The book addresses cases from each of these continents, examining the experiences of indigenous peoples with access to remedy when their human rights are affected by corporate activities. By drawing from these experiences it seeks to inform the actions of corporate and State actors in relation their business and human rights obligation to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to effective remedy.

IWGIA, Almaciga & AIPP - 2015 March

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This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world that explore, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage Convention. The book will serve as a resource for indigenous peoples, World Heritage site managers and UNESCO, as well as academics, and will contribute to discussions about what changes or actions are needed to ensure that World Heritage sites can play a consistently positive role for indigenous peoples, in line with the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

IWGIA, Forrest Peoples Programme and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation - 2014 November 14

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Indigenous peoples' perspectives and recommendations to the subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice (SBSTA).

AIPP Submission on Methodological Issues Related to Non-Carbon Benefits Resulting from the Implementation of REDD+ Activities. March 26, 2014

2014 November

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AIPP Submission to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on Safeguards Information System.

AIPP and IWGIA - 2014 November

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Women – both indigenous and non-indigenous – have actively engaged in international and national REDD+ processes to raise their concerns regarding the potential negative impact of REDD+ on women, and to assert their right to equally participate in negotiations, planning and implementation of REDD+.

Indigenous women share many of the basic concerns and needs with their non-indigenous sisters but their situation as women in indigenous societies sets them apart from those who are part of the mainstream society, and their needs and concerns are often different.

Indigenous women’s concerns may thus not be fully addressed, either by indigenous rights advocacy or by women’s rights and gender advocacy. In advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples and for the rights of women, the specific situation and needs of indigenous women therefore need to be taken into account.

AIPP and IWGIA - 2014 November

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This briefing note presents the findings of seven case studies conducted from May to June 2014. The studies were conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal and Thailand and looked into the livelihood and food security among indigenous shifting cultivation communities in South and Southeast Asia.

The briefing note provides a summary of the main findings of the case studies and the common recommendations from a multi-stakeholders consultation held August 28-29 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Participants at the multi-stakeholder consultation included government agencies, UN agencies, regional NGOs, Indigenous Peoples’ organisations, community leaders, and local governments.

AIPP & IWGIA - 2014 September 29

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This case study focuses on the capacity of local communities to monitor biodiversity and resources in Madagascar, Nicaragua, Philippines and Tanzania. It makes a controlled comparison between local community monitoring and trained scientists’ monitoring and conclude that local and indigenous communities generate similar and equally good outputs as the trained scientists, and are much more cost efficient. The cases suggest that it is fully possible to build a cheap and effective MRV system based on community monitoring of Non-Carbon Benefits.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

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This report is the result of a monitoring visit to assess IWGIA’s support to promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights in the new constitution and beyond.

Indigenous peoples in Nepal, known as adivasi janajati, have for centuries experienced systematic discrimination and marginalisation both socially, culturally, politically and economically. The chance to right the historical wrongs came when Nepal embarked upon a constitution drafting and state restructuring process in 2008.

IWGIA - 2014 June

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The 2014 edition contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples in 73 articles written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

This year the book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes.

IWGIA - 2014 May 21

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This discussion paper traces the evolution of the concept of indigenous peoples in the UN system and aims at giving a better understanding of why the concept of indigenous peoples is relevant in an Asian context.

2014 May 6

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Study team: Dr. Chaitanya Subba, Pro. Dr. Bishwamber Pyakuryal, Mr. Tunga Shiromani Bastola, Mr. Mohan Khajum Subba, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Raut, Mr. Baburam Karki
The present study aims to assess the poverty levels of the various indigenous groups in Nepal. It was developed to address the lack of existing disaggregated data and statistics on the socio-economic status of Nepal’s many indigenous groups.

LAHURNIP & IWGIA - 2014 May

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Dr. Bina D'Costa
This report examines selected cases of violence against women and girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in 2011 and 2012. It also discusses relevant legal contexts and, based on four key principles, provides recommendations to the government and civil society to address violence against women and girls in the region.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), IWGIA, and Bangladesh Indigenous Women's Network - 2014 May

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Indigenous peoples assert that rights cannot be compromised and have recognized the need to strengthen existing skills and capacities for lobbying and advocacy. This manual aims to fulfill this need and seeks to develop a new generation of indigenous leaders who can advocate for indigenous peoples in climate change negotiations, including REDD+ processes.

AIPP & IWGIA - 2013 August

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This guide is a tool for advocacy work and community actions. It focuses on the Asian Development Bank Safeguard Policy Statement of 2009 (ADB 2009 SPS) particularly its safeguard requirements for Indigenous Peoples. In addition, it features the ADB Accountability Mechanism of 2012 and contains the principles and process of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

AIPP - 2013 July

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This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012.

IWGIA - 2013 May 25

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This report on the Southeast Asia Consultation on Development, Access to Justice and the Human Rights of Indigenous women is intended as a material to be used by indigenous women, advocates, policy-makers and the public for the promotion, protection and respect of the rights of indigenous women facing violations of their rights due to state and corporate projects coming into their territories.

AIPP - 2013 May

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This briefing paper is prepared as part of the advocacy of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) for the respect, protection and recognition of the human rights of indigenous women. In this paper, the focus is on access to justice for indigenous women in Southeast Asia facing development-induced violence. We draw on the results of the Southeast Asia Regional Consultation on Development, Access to Justice and the Human Rights of Indigenous Women, held on October 30 – November 02, 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand that the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) convened in collaboration with the UN WOMEN Regional Office of Asia and Pacific. Focus of the cases and testimonies were on state and corporate development projects and their impact on the human rights of indigenous women. These projects included dams, mines, plantations, national parks and the like.

AIPP - 2013 March

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This collection of photos is part of a project that aims at raising awareness about and creating understanding for the situation of indigenous youth living in cities by offering young indigenous city dwellers a virtual and visual forum for intercontinental and intergenerational exchange.

The participants of the project received training in digital photography. The idea was to give them a tool to document their lives and express their views, fears, joys and hopes through a visual media that could be shared across borders and generations.

2013 March

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The surviving lands of indigenous peoples include many of the most vulnerable and threatened ecosystems on our planet. Indigenous peoples have always made clear that they are culturally, spi...

Tebtebba, IWGIA and Piplinks - 2012 December

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This report reflects on the outcomes of the International and Interfaith Solidarity Mission (ISM) in Defense of Indigenous Communities Fighting Impunity on 17-19 November 2012 at Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. The ISM was organized by the KALUMBAY Regional Lumad Organization, KARAPATAN Northern Mindanao Region, Community-Based Health Services (CBHS)-Northern Mindanao, Asia Indigenous People’s Pact (AIPP), KATRIBU Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR).

AIPP - 2012 November

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Due to the increasing and expanding operations of multinational corporations in indigenous peoples’ territories, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) conducted this study on the business practices of these corporations in indigenous peoples’ territories. The study focuses on the operations involving rubber, cassava and oil palm plantations, hydropower dams and mining in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines.

IWGIA & AIPP - 2012 November

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This briefing paper draws on Indigenous Peoples’ issues and concerns relating to climate change adaptation. It analyses two cases: the adaptation practices among the Tangkhul Naga Community in the North Eastern Region of India and the traditional adaptation practices of Pidlisan-Kankanaeys of Sagada,Mountain Province and Ikalahan-Kalanguya of Caraballo Mountains,Cagayan Valley of the Philippines.

IWGIA & AIPP - 2012 November

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This briefing paper aims to outline the lessons learn from the Cancun Agreement and explores how far the REDD+ countries in Asia have advanced in addressing social and environmental issues in their REDD+ strategy drafting. From asking which experiences indigenous peoples have made so far in engaging with REDD+, the briefing paper reflects on a few piloting initiatives which have been found particularly interesting and inspiring.

IWGIA & AIPP - 2012 November

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In this briefing paper prepared by AIPP’s Indigenous Women’s Programme in relation to the Rio +20 World Conference on Sustainable Development, indigenous women from the Asia-Pacific region share their key concerns and demands with respect to sustainable development and describe some concrete actions that would improve their role and equal participation in sustainable development initiatives.

AIPP & IWGIA - 2012 June 15

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This comics book discusses climate change and REDD from the perspective of indigenous communities. It is intended primarily for communities as a simple guide to help them understand climate change and REDD. It discusses the importance and the roles of forest in climate change, the concept of REDD and how it relates to and affects indigenous communities. It points at potential negative impacts of REDD for the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples, especially on the right to land, territories and resources. Finally, it shows why and how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) can be used to uphold and protect the rights of indigenous communities in REDD.

IWGIA and AIPP - 2012 June

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This report documents the extent of the military presence in the CHT, the ways in which the military exert political, economic and social influence, and the consequences this presence has on the human rights situation in the region. In a democratic country such as Bangladesh, de facto military control of a certain region in which no insurgency is prevalent and where there is no threat of conflict with neighboring countries should be a cause for great concern both for the Government of Bangladesh, the international donors providing development assistance to Bangladesh and the international agencies that have a mandate to address specific human rights situations.

IWGIA, Organising Committee CHT Campaign and Shimin Gaikou Centre - 2012 May 17

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Submission to the SBSTA on the Drivers of Derforestation including key findings of research on shifting cultivation, underpinning the dire need to earnestly consider indigenous peoples’ perspectives while assessing its impact on forests and climate change, and the human rights violations and other impacts resulting from state policies prohibiting or unduly
restricting shifting cultivation

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and IWGIA - 2012 May 14

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This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2011.

Available as book and CD.

IWGIA - 2012 May 10

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The briefing paper analyses how gender relations in Asian indigenous societies have undergone and continue to undergo changes in response to external factors. Finally it draws conclusions and recommendations based on addressing problems through empowering indigenous women in traditional customary institutions.

AIPP - 2012 May

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This manual on basic financial management is the fifth of a series of training resource materials developed by the indigenous Learning Institute for Community Empowerment (ILI) under the Regional Capacity Building Programme of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). The Manual was drafted in response to the need of AIPP members and partners to build their skills in financial management and administration.

AIPP - 2012 April

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This manual is based on the experience of providing community organising training in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia for which PACOS Trust (a local organisation in Sabah, Malaysia) provided the COT Manual 2005 as a resource book for the training through the Indigenous Community Organising and Leadership Training (ICOLT) project of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation from 2006 to 2009.

AIPP & Partners Of Community Organisations (PACOS TRUST) - 2012 April

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Culture Identity and Resources Use Management (CIRUM)

This study takes a closer look at the role of customary law in forest management and conservation in Vietnam. It documents customary law applied in forest resource use and management among Thai and Dzao communities and concludes with a set of recommendations which can contribute to an improvement of forest related laws and policies. The findings and recommendations of this report are particularly relevant in light of the fact that Vietnam is currently busy preparing for REDD – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, one of the global initiatives to mitigate climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

IWGIA, AIPP and CIRUM - 2012 April

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Christian Erni
Briefing paper informing about indigenous peoples in South East Asia, the impact of climate change and the possibilities and threats represented by REDD +. It considers the responses of the ASEAN regarding these global challenges and makes recommendation as to how ASEAN should promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to climate change and climate change mitigation.

IWGIA and AIPP - 2011 November

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Written by Northern Development Foundation (NDF) and the Huay Hin Lad community with support from Oxfam-GB

Briefing paper that summarizes the results of a recent study on the amount of greenhouse gases released through traditional land use of a Karen community, and offers policy recommendations aiming at greater cooperation between the government and indigenous communities in addressing forest conservation and climate change mitigation

AIPP, IWGIA, NDF with support from NORAD - 2011 May

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Shapan Adnan & Ranajit Dastidar
This book deals with the forcible takeover of the lands of the indigenous peoples of the CHittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Based on fieldwork research among both Pahari and Bengali groups, the book documents the bewildering variety of mechanisms used to grab Pahari lands in the CHT, inclusive of illegal violence and intimidation. It also puts forward a wide range of policy measures to reduce land grabbing and ethnic tension. These policies are addressed to Pahari organizations as well as progressive sections of the government, mainstream Bengali society, donor agencies, the media, public interest organizations, the NGO sector, advocacy groups and others at home and abroad.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission & IWGIA - 2011 May

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Featuring 58 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2010.

Available as both book and CD.

IWGIA - 2011 May

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This book reveals that the majority of South East Asian countries already have plural legal systems and to some extent custom is recognized as a source of rights in the constitutions and laws of a number of them. National and international courts have affirmed indigenous peoples' customary rights in land. And all these countries have endorsed and ratified key international laws and treaties. Thus the basis for securing indigenous peoples' rights through a revalidation of customary law exists.

AIPP, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) - 2011

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This book reflects on the outcomes of the workshop on traditional occupations organized by AIPP, in partnership with UNDP-RIPP and ILO, together with the Ministry of Rural Development of the Royal Government of Cambodia. It compiles case studies aimed at looking deeper into the specific concerns and challenges relating to the practice of traditional livelihoods, specifically in Asia.

AIPP - 2010 December

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Combined issue that brings together a mixture of different articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. The articles touch upon indigenous peoples' economic, legal, social and political development.

IWGIA - 2010 December

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Definition of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

2010 July

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This briefing paper identifies indigenous peoples living in the Southeast Asian ASEAN countries and informs about their rights and the mayor problems facing them.

AIPP, IWGIA & Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) - 2010 May

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Featuring 64 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2009.

IWGIA - 2010 April

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This publication is a compilation of two case studies conducted one in Yuhu Village, Yulong county, Yunnan, China and the second in Haruku village, Haruku Island, Indonesia. Both cases highlight the importance of indigenous knowledge and customary law for the success of conservation and sustainable development initiatives as the way forward.

AIPP - 2010

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