Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy (Philippines, 6th-15th April 2011)

This was the Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP) 8th annual regional training program that focused on Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy.  The program was organized in partnership with the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP), the Cordillera Peoples’ Legal Centre (DINTEG), and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHRP). It was made possible through the financial assistance of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Ford Foundation, and generous support of organizations like Caritas, Trocaire, Commonwealth Foundation, and AJWS to individual participants

The increasing number of applications received each year, with this program receiving 196 applicants, shows the demand that exists for this training from Indigenous community advocates in their continuing struggles for self-determination, recognition and respect of their culture and ancestral lands, and emerging challenges posed by international trade and development frameworks, extractive industries and climate change. It was the first time this regional program has taken place in the Philippines. 

41 Indigenous peoples and advocates from 14 countries in the region participated in the 10-day intensive training program - from Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia/West Papua, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Timor Leste, and Sri Lanka. The participants come from diverse groups and backgrounds – Indigenous peoples’ NGOs, community organizations, academia, and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).  They have worked on a range of concerns for Indigenous peoples – major dam projects, mining and extractive industries, extrajudicial killings, destruction of forests, respect for cultural and religious practices, livelihood, health, education and housing, and political participation.  Many of the participants worked under difficult political and social pressures. The participants brought with them their experiences that enriched the program - and their hopes that Indigenous peoples may someday gain full respect and recognition for their individual and collective rights.

See Program Report