Renowned indigenous leaders and human rights defenders are available for interviews as they campaign against the government of the Philippines, which has placed them on a terrorist list in retaliation for their defense of the country’s Indigenous Peoples.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Human Rights Council since 2014. She is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movement among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women’s rights. Read her full bio.

Joan Carling is an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a current co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development. She is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines and former Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact who has been working to strengthen land rights for more than two decades. Read her full bio.

For more information and/or interviews with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (currently in Europe) and/or Joan Carling (currently in Washington), please contact:

KEY INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS

Background: Petition filed by the Philippines Government

Response by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Response by Joan Carling, co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group

Statement by Erik Solheim, Head, UN Environment

Statement by Michel Forst, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Chairperson of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures

Statement by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on “massive” impact of military operations on Mindanao indigenous peoples

ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS BY SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

Amnesty International

Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Front Line Defenders

Protection International

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact

Pesticide Action Network – Asia Pacific

Forum Asia

International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Ibon International

CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness Working Group on Conflict and Fragility

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD)

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Cultural Survival

the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago of Indonesia (AMAN) 

Friends of the Earth International 

Bayan-USA

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Federation for Indigenous Peoples Self-Determination (FAPI)

Slow Food

Land is Life

People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty of Latin America

Association Pour L’integration et le development durable au Burundi

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Policies

Center for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples – Nicaragua