[Statement] Solidarity with and Justice for Indigenous Peoples! -ATM

ATM Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Solidarity with and Justice for Indigenous Peoples!
August 4, 2016

atm-logoAlyansa Tigil Mina, an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups from civil society, which opposes the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines, is strongly supporting the Indigenous Peoples (IP) and Indigenous Cultural Communities.

As we commemorate the World’s Indigenous Peoples Day today, we reiterate our firm support in their assertion of their right to self-determination, and their struggle against development aggression, including large-scale and destructive mining. . The IPs have long been fighting against the encroachment of big mining firms on their ancestral domains.  Their land, waters, trees,  and other source of livelihood have been  destroyed in the name of big business and profit.  Places of worship, burial grounds  and other sites of cultural practices have been desecrated.

Despite the passage of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 or IPRA, the violation of the IPs  rights has persisted with both the State and big business in collaboration with one another.   The condition in IP communities has worsened with the use of the military, private armies and investment defense forces resulting to extrajudicial killings, massacres, harassment and intimidation of IP and their leaders openly resisting and opposing mining.

Just like what happened with the Tampakan, almost 4 years have passed when the Capcion family (a B’laan mother and with her two sons­) was killed helplessly after their head declared a tribal war against Sagittarius Mines Inc.   Justice has yet to be served to almost 144 IP environmentalists that are victims of extrajudicial killings!

While we welcome the pro-people and pro-environment declarations of the Duterte government, and its commitment to institute significant reforms in the mining industry to ensure sustainable development, we challenge President Rodrigo R. Duterte to:

1. Investigate IP killings and violations
2. Prioritize the Passage of Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB)
3. Incorporate social, HR issues in on-going environmental audit of DENR
4. fast-track the issuance and awarding of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADTs)

Until the fight of the IPs against mining corporations is not over, Alyansa Tigil Mina will stand with them in their struggle for their collective rights!

Signed:
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
The Climate Reality Project Philippines
Bayay Sibuyanon Inc.
Baywatch
Fr. Pete Montallana  of Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc. and Indigenous Peoples -Apostolate- Diocese of Infanta
Philippine Association for Intercultural Development
Ang Aroroy Ay Alagaan (4A’s)
Didipio Earth Savers Multipurpose Inc. (DESAMA)
Marian Women Producers Cooperative

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Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the AMMB.

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator 09175498218 – nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Karl Santos, ATM Media and Communications Officer 09173011934 – media.comms@alyansatigilmina.net

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