The words “Papua merdeka!” capture the aspirations of West Papuans for self determination and independence.
No choice: Why the Lumad and their children are on the march in the Philippines
“We came here to ask for justice.”
Why the New People’s Army can never be defeated
Why the revolution–and the people’s army–in the Philippines has lasted all these years.
Stalked by death: Indigenous Lumad killings continue in the Philippines
Despite a promise of change, indigenous Lumad killings in the Philippines continue.
Blood and gold: Tampakan and the B’laan resistance
In the southern Philippine town of Tampakan, the B’laan people are waging a war against large-scale gold and copper mining.
Pushing forward: Why the fight for self-determination of national minorities is far from over
Read on to know why, for national minorities in the Philippines, there is still a long way to go in achieving self determination.
Unjust: Why Indigenous Peoples are marching in the Philippines
Indigenous Peoples are marching in protest in the Philippines, and here’s why.
Nineteen years of deceit: The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act in the Philippines
The year 1997 was supposedly a landmark year for indigenous peoples in the Philippines with the passage Republic Act (RA) 8371, or the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA). Many hailed it as an enlightened law that will help ensure the self- determination of the indigenous peoples in the country.
Why Indonesia won’t give up West Papua so easily
The Indonesian government, it seems, does not give up quite so easily.
Killing fields: Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
When Philippine President Benigno Aquino III assumed power in 2010, he promised to stop extrajudicial killings in the country. Six years later, with his term ending, he has yet to live up to his promise. Aquino won the presidency on an anti-corruption platform and a call for change and development. His mother, Corazon Aquino, was also the country’s president from 1986 to 1992. Aquino has been described by critics as an inept landlord president whose policies are elitist due to his insensitivity to the plights of his countrymen and women.