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This publication is a compilation of seven country studies conducted in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand, a component of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact’s project on “Strengthening the Network of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia” with financial support from the European Union’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.

AIPP would like to thank the authors of the country studies – Suzanah Masalin (Malaysia), Patricia Wattimena (Indonesia), Krishna Bhattachan (Nepal), Ekachai Pinkaew (Thailand), Mary Ann Bayang (Philippines), Ningreichon Tungshang (India), Muktasree Chakma (Bangladesh) for their dedication and hard work in conducting the case studies and all those who assisted them. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following reviewers who provided valuable insights to the papers: Yance Arizona and Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara [AMAN] of Indonesia, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia [JOAS] and Jannie Lasimbang of Malaysia, NPMHR of North East India, Kapaeeng Foundation of Bangladesh and Lawyers Association for the Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples [LAHURNIP] of Nepal.

We would also like to thank the The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of the Chiang Mai University headed by Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti who willingly allowed Ms. Jade Tessier, their affiliated researcher, to assist in the study. This publication would not have been possible without the able work of Ms. Jade Tessier who made the comparative analysis of the seven country studies and the Executive Summary. Similarly, we would also like to thank the editor Julius Garcia Matibag and the lay-out artist Randy Evangelista for agreeing to take on the task willingly on a short time frame. Appreciation is also extended to Luz Barca Maranan for editing the Executive Summary and Recommendations.

This publication has been prepared by the Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy Programme of AIPP and coordinated by Richard Gadit under the guidance of Bernice See, the Programme Coordinator and Joan Carling, the Secretary General of AIPP.

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