Special Rapporteur issues report on extractive industries and indigenous peoples
UN Special Rapporteur release, 6 August 2013

ARIZONA, USA: The 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’s previous reports and draw on information gathered through country visits, seminars, written submission from various sources and independent research. He presents and analyzes the preferred model, resource extraction and development through indigenous peoples’ own initiatives and enterprises; the standard scenario, when States or third party business enterprises promote the extraction of natural resources within indigenous territories; and conditions for getting to and sustaining indigenous peoples’ agreement to extractive activities promoted by the State or third party business enterprises.

The Special Rapporteur invites indigenous peoples, governments, companies, and NGOs to an open dialogue on the report and its recommendations. 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, during the session of the Human Rights Council. Read the release … Download the report [pdf] …