Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

Indigenous peoples in Asia established the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) during the Indigenous Peoples Forum in 1988 as a common platform to which indigenous peoples could address their problems, draw support from each other, and plan, develop and launch programs at various levels for the betterment of indigenous peoples in Asia. With its 47 member-organizations in 14 countries, AIPP’s primary function is to strengthen solidarity and linkages among the indigenous peoples’ organizations and movements in Asia and to strengthen the position of indigenous peoples in Asia.

AIPP works to strengthen the solidarity, cooperation and capacities of indigenous peoples in Asia to promote and protect their rights, cultures and identities, and their sustainable resource management systems for their development and self-determination. Their program areas are Human Rights Campaigns and Policy Advocacy, Regional Capacity Building, Environment, and Indigenous Women. Through these programs, AIPP organizes campaigns on human rights violations against indigenous peoples; facilitates engagement and participation of indigenous peoples’ leaders and representation in networking, lobbying and advocacy work; and runs the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network and the Climate Change Monitoring and Information Network. AIPP also conducts capacity building for indigenous leaders, organizations, and communities on a range of issues including human rights advocacy, climate change mitigation, and violence against women.