Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) exists to uphold and promote the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other land-based communities. PIPLinks was founded in 1992 in response to requests for support from Philippine Indigenous Peoples' organisations, where much of our work is focussed. Also known as Indigenous Peoples Links, the organisation, which is based in the United Kingdom, works on the same issues globally.

This website is divided between materials on Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and around the world. These materials are divided under specific subject headings - such as those to do with the legal rights or culture of Indigenous Peoples - or geographically. Although the site contains many published materials available elsewhere, and links to other sites, we are aiming where possible to publish unique materials, such as statements from communities or interviews, that are not available elsewhere.

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Green group marches to Mendiola, holds PNoy accountable for mining disasters

ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
17 September, 2015


Teduray woman wins award for peace-building in Maguindanao

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2015

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao—A Teduray woman was recently named the lone Filipino winner of this year’s N-Peace Awards for her passionate work as an advocate of peace and nonviolent action.

Jo Genna Martin Jover of Maguindanao province was being credited for organizing members of her tribe to continue working for justice “amid such injustices as intrusion into their traditional lands.” She has also been working hard to bring about change in “lumad” and Moro communities in Maguindanao by adopting strategies of nonviolence and peace-building.

N-Peace is the Bangkok-based multicou

Surigao Sur evacuees swell to 2,700 as military, para-military ops continue

Source: -
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2015

Surigao Sur evacuees swell to 2,700 as military, para-military ops continue – Karapatan

MANILA – The number of lumad (indigenous people) forced to evacuate their homes in Surigao del Sur have swollen to more than 2,700 as military and para-military operations continue, the human rights group Karapatan said in a news release Sunday.

Karapatan identified the military and para-military groups that are frightening people away from their homes and communities as the 36th Infantry Battalion, 75th Infantry Battalion, Special Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the bandi

‘Soldiers watched as paramilitary attacked us’

By Dee Ayroso, -
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2015

Lumad victims from Lianga, Surigao del Sur recounted the horrors of the Sept.1 rampage by a paramilitary group, who entered their community along with soldiers.

MANILA – It was the stuff of their worst nightmares come true: death in their very own community and destruction of the fruits of their hard work and unity in the mountain community of Han-ayan, in Diatagon village, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Facing a small group of journalists on Sept. 7, the victims of the Sept.

Addressing Lumad killings and internally displaced people

Source: -
Date of publication: 
9 September, 2015

Rappler talks to Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on how to deal with the alleged human rights violations committed against the Lumad

MANILA, Philippines – Thirteen-year old Lumad Shin Campos saw her father shot in the head twice, allegedly by military and paramilitary elements, on September 1 near their village in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur.

Helpless and traumatized, Shin fled her village with her family and hundreds of other indigenous peoples, trekking for two hours to bring her dead father and another victim to t

Perpetrators of the Lianga massacre must be punished, and the war of plunder against the Lumad must end

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
2 September, 2015

In what may very well be one of the most depraved and deplorable attacks on the lives of environmental defenders in the Philippines, the paramilitary group Magahat, a group attached to the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, publicly massacred Emerico Samarca, the executive director of the Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), along with tribal leader Dionel Campos and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo early last Tuesday morning in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

We join the widespread condemnation of this ruthless massacre and the d

Philippines: Five Manobo massacred by 1st Special Forces Battalion

Date of publication: 
30 August, 2015

Appeal for Action: Five Manobo massacred by 1st Special Forces Battalion

UA Date: August 30, 2015

UA Case: Massacre/Extrajudicial Killing, Frustrated Killing, Use of Civilian in Police and/or Military Operations as Guides and/or Shield, Use of Schools, Medical, Religious and other Public Places for Military Purpose, Endangerment of Civilians

Victim/s :

Massacre: Emer Somina – Male, 17years old – Manobo

Welmer Somina – Male, 19 years old – Manobo farmer

Norman Samia – Male, 14 years old – Manobo

Herminio Samia – Male, 70 years old – Manobo farmer

Jobert Samia

Missionary’s fear: More IP rights violations without gov’t action

CBCP News -
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2015

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan – A Catholic religious doing mission work among the Dumagats of Sierra Madre has denounced the recent killing of three civilians, including the head of a local Lumad school, in Surigao del Sur by alleged members of paramilitary group “Magahat,” fearing like incidents can happen to other IP communities in the country if the government remains blind to their plight.

Justice now

“Government authorities must do all they can so that victims of the crime get the justice they deserve.

Indigenous Peoples commission issues final approval for Iloilo dam

Date of publication: 
30 August, 2015

ILOILO CITY — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has received the final document needed to proceed with the implementation of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo province.

Iloilo’s provincial legal officer, lawyer Dennis T.

Communities tell OceanaGold to abandon Didipio mine

Source: (with photos)
Date of publication: 
27 August, 2015

Philippines – On the 24th August more than 300 members of local communities from Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, and their allies gathered to demand that Australian mining multinational Oceana Gold ceases operations at its Didipio mine and leaves the area.

Oceana Gold (Philippines) (OGPI) has been operating its Didipio gold-copper mine in the area since 2013. Its activities have been dogged by controversy.

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