Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN)

Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) translated as Indigenous Peoples Alliance of Archipelago is an independent social organization comprized of Indigenous communities from various parts of the Indonesia Archipelago. AMAN is a forum for the struggle of Indigenous Peoples in matters relating to upholding the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in politics, social, economic, cultural and natural resources through just and sustainable ways.

AMAN’s members are Indigenous communities that have agreed with and accepted AMAN’s Statues and Rules of Association. Indigenous communities are a group of people who have lived on their ancestral land for generations, have sovereignty over the land and natural wealth in their customary bounded territory, where adat (customary) law and institutions arrange the social life of the community, and carry out the social-political and economic lives of the community.

AMAN was founded in 1999 as a result of the March 1999 Congress of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago and was declared on March 17, 1999 in Jakarta. Since then, AMAN has held a second Congress in Lombok, September 2003 and a third Congress in Pontianak, March 2007. On August 2008, the number of Indigenous communities that had registered and become AMAN members totalled 1.163 communities (in AMAN Strategic Meeting at Sinarresmi Community, West Java)

Vision and Mission of AMAN

In undertaking the mandate of struggling for the Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago, AMAN stands on the vision and missions determined at AMAN’s Congress.

AMAN’s vision is: “The realisation of an Indigenous life which is sovereign, just, prosperous, valuable and democratic”.

The main missions of AMAN in fighting for the justice and interests of Indigenous Peoples are:

Recovery of the dignity, self confidence and status of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago, especially the status and rights of Indigenous women;

Returning the sovereignty of the indigenous peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago to bring about economic, social, political and cultural rights;

Increase the capacity of Indigenous Peoples to maintain and expand their traditional wisdom in protecting the earth, water, and all natural wealth contained within nature;

Develop a fair process of democratic decision making;

Defend and fight for the respect and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights;

Nurture and train a new generation of youth to fight for the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Organisation Structure of AMAN

Since the third congress, AMAN is mainly represented by its National Council acting as it Advisory and Controlling Body and Secretary General as it Executive Body. AMAN’s National Councils consists of 37 members, coordinated by 7 National Coordinators based on the region that are: Sumatera, Kalimantan, Jawa, Sulawesi, Bali & Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Papua.

AMAN Secretary General responsible for carrying out operational policy and to implement programme of work. Secretary General elected by and responsible to AMAN’s members through the National Congress.

To better serve the interests of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago, AMAN Secretary General consist of Deputy Secretary General and Directorates as implementing unit of the programme as follow:

· Operations and Management;

· Information and Communication;

· Advocacy and Politic;

· Community Support;

· Organisational Affairs and Cadre Education;

AMAN is a member organisation of AIPP and has been a partner of IWGIA since over 10 years. AMAN has also submitted to Rain Forest - Norway- RFN their proposal entitled "National and International Advocacy to Secure Indigenous Rights through Effective Participation in Formulating National Policy and International Negotiation on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation". The particular activities in this submission to RFN are in complementation to the activities in this proposal.



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