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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UN special rapporteur's office hits AFP for 'gross misrepresentation'

Source: 
By Inday Espina-Varona, ABS-CBN News - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/11/15/un-special-rapporteurs-office-hits-afp-gross-misrepresentation
Date of publication: 
11 August, 2015

The spokesman of Dr. Cheloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Peoples, has accused the Armed Forces of the Philippines of “gross misrepresentation” following the release of a military statement on lumad evacuees in Davao City.

The AFP Eastern Mindanao Command press release carried the title: “LUMADS IN HARAN ARE MANIPULATED: Not Evacuees but victims of trafficking”.

That statement has been pushed by Maj. Harold Cabunoc and handpicked media to boost the claim — first raised by North Cotabato Rep.

Tampakan mines project still a go despite activist deaths, UN concern

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By Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBNnews.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/04/15/tampakan-mines-project-still-go-despite-activist-deaths-un-concern
Date of publication: 
4 August, 2015

MANILA – Ten murders; local government opposition; environmental warnings; a United Nations official’s alarm over the displacement of thousands of rural folk — there’s no stopping the controversial Tampakan mines project in Central Mindanao.

South Cotabato Gov.

UN Special Rapporteur’s statement boosts call for pull-out of AFP troops in communities

Source: 
Karapatan Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/UN+Special+Rapporteur%E2%80%99s+statement+boosts+call+for+pull-out+of+AFP+troops+in+communities
Date of publication: 
3 August, 2015

Karapatan acknowledged the statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr.

President Aquino's mining endorsement result in attacks on IPs

Source: 
Christine Joice C. Cudis, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/07/25/pnoys-mining-endorsement-result-attacks-ips-420961
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2015

GABRIELA Representative Luzviminda Ilagan has claimed in a statement that since President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of the large-scale mining operations in the Philippines, the attacks on Indigenous People transpired.

“The lumads want to go home but their lands have been transformed into killing fields under Aquino’s (President Benigno Aquino, III) five-year rule,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan’s statement came following the Philippine National Police’s reported violent acts on their attempt to forcibly send the lumad evacuees to their designated communities.

“Forcing lumads to go ba

Philippines: South Cotabato maintains ban on open pit mining

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/134358/philippines-south-cotabato-maintains-ban-on-open-pit-mining/
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2015

The provincial government of South Cotabato is holding its ground on its decision not to allow open pit mining in any part in the province, putting again on hold the future of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI).

SMI owns the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project located in the mountainous area of Tampakan in South Cotabato.

In a resolution passed on July 21, the provincial board “reaffirmed the validity of Section 22 (B) of the Environment Code that prohibited the use of the open-pit mining method in mining activities” anywhere in South Cotabato.

The Provincial Environment Code was passed i

Statement of Tebtebba on Philippines Peace Process at UN EMRIP

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Eighth session

20-24 July 2015

Item 8: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statement of Tebtebba Foundation

Delivered by Jennifer Tauli Corpuz

Thank you Mr Chairperson,

I make this statement today to provide updates from indigenous peoples of the Philippines, in light of non-submission by the Philippine government of a response to the questionnaire circulated by the EMRIP seeking their views on best practices regarding possible appropriate measures and implementation strategies to attain the

State forces file charges vs 23 Lumad, rights defenders in Mindanao

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By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - bulatlat.com/main/2015/07/15/state-forces-file-charges-vs-23-lumad-rights-defenders-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
15 July, 2015

“The fabricated charges against them have no merit at all, and all of the allegations are merely products of the AFP’s utak-pulbura imagination.”

MANILA – Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep.

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015: A Call for International Solidarity against Destructive Mining

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International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) press statement
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2015

Unified in addressing various people’s concerns on destructive mining across the globe, various environmental advocates, campaigners, and grassroots leaders worldwide will be launching the International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) in Quezon City, Philippines from July 30 to August 1, with the theme “Highlighting people’s lives and struggles in defense of rights, the environment and a common future: An international conference of mining communities and peoples.”

The IPCM aims to stimulate international inquiry, individual and collective action, and multi-sectora

B’laan antimining leader arrested

Tribal warrior wanted for killings

Inquirer Mindanao – http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/706096/blaan-antimining-leader-arrested#ixz...

19 July 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—B’laan tribal leader and antimining activist Daguil Capion, who had eluded a massive manhunt by government forces for years after he was charged with banditry and murder, fell into the hands of police in Malungon, Sarangani.

Chief Insp.

Filipino tribals find hope in Pope Francis’ apology to indigenous

Source: 
Inday Espina-Varona - http://www.ucanews.com/news/filipino-tribals-find-hope-in-pope-francis-apology-to-indigenous/73920
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2015

Calls for peace remain meaningless until the powerful respect the rights of indigenous people

Manila – As news broke out in the Philippines of Pope Francis’ apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the displacement of indigenous peoples, Kharlo Manano was handing the Philippine Commission on Human Rights a list of tribal schools threatened by incessant military operations.

In Midsayap, Cotabato, young Manobo tribesman Roland Dalin was speaking of his dream to study law and “bring justice and defend our tribe.”

Dalin hopes the pope’s message can allow him to resume an ed

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