About Us



This network was initially established last July 30, 2010 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the general objective to establish a platform for solidarity, coordination and support among indigenous human rights defenders and their organizations. This network was established to address the growing need of a common platform for indigenous human rights defenders to be able to promote the human rights issues of their respective countries more effectively with other indigenous human rights organizations and with regional and international human rights mechanisms and procedures.

The functions of this network are as follows:

1.Mechanism for exchange of information/updates relating to HR

2.Channel for sharing documents for the HR-IP data-base

3.Mechanism for strengthening solidarity and cooperation

4.Facilitation of technical, logistics and other forms of support

5.Forum for planning capacity building/ skills enhancement of network members

COMPOSITION of the IP-HR Defenders Network:

– Trainees of the Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

– IP HR activists

– IP organizations

– IP support NGOs doing work on human rights documentation/advocacy


Overall, AIPP will be coordinating the activities of this network and will be providing the needed support to the members of the network such as fund raising for national and local human rights activities and provision of resource speakers.

The Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) of the European Union to strengthen the network for the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples in Asia. The project entitled “Strengthening the Network of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia” involves the collaboration among the AIPP Regional Secretariat, and  AIPP members and partners in eight countries namely: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal,  Philippines and Thailand. EIDHR supports the capacity-building of community-based human rights defenders to be able to document human rights violations and to do advocacy at the national, regional and international arena. It also supports the enhancement of  the organizational and financial management of the partner organizations. A dedicated fund, IPHRD Fund, for support to IP HRDs at risk is provided to enable the HRDs to continue their human rights work.


Member Organizations




  • Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago/Aliansi Masyarakat Adat NusantaraMoluccas (AMAN)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of Archipelago/Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara,
  • Nusa Tenggara Barat
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago/Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara – RIAU



  • Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia
  • Sarawak Indigenous Lawyers Association (SILA)
  • Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS) http://www.joasmalaysia.org/



  • Program for HIV Prevention and Treatment
  • Inter Mountain Peoples’ Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT)
  • Hmong Association http://www.hmongthai.webs.com/



  • Khagrapur Mahila Kalyan Samity (KMKS)
  • Bangladesh Adivasi Forum (BAF)
  • Kapaeeng Foundation http://kapaeeng.org/



  • Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)
  • Zomi Human Rights Foundation (ZHRF)



  • Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)