Special Rapporteur issues report on extractive industries and indigenous peoples

By | 6 August, 2013

hrc-genevaThe annual thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, which he will present to the Human Rights Council in September 2013,addresses issues related to extractive industries and implications that they have for the rights of indigenous peoples. In the report, the Special Rapporteur systematically sets forth a series of observations and recommendations regarding models of natural resource development, the obligations of States, the responsibilities of companies, consultation processes, and the principle of free, prior and informed consent to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, within the context of challenges posed by extractive industries on a global scale. These observations and recommendations build upon the Special Rapporteur’sprevious reports and draw on information gathered through country visits, seminars, written submission from various sources and independent research.

The Special Rapporteur invites indigenous peoples, governments, companies, and NGOs to an open dialogue on the report anditsrecommendations. To this end, the Special Rapporteur will conduct an on-line seminar on his website within the coming weeks and engage in an inter-active dialogue with interested parties in Geneva in September in connection with his presentation of the report to the Human Rights Council.

See the complete report here