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Indigenous Peoples, the Extractives Industry, and Free, Prior, Informed Consent

Gold Mining alongside its attendant effects in Zamfara State of North Western Nigeria comes to mind

Last night was the launch of a new report on making free, prior and consent a reality for indigenous peoples, authored by Cathal Doyle and Jill Cariño, of Middlesex University law school and Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples Rights respectively, and sponsored by PIPLinksMiddlesex University Law School and ECCR. Indigenous peoples have long been denied these  rights, especially by the extractives industry, but 6 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP) and 2 years after the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights things are changing, albeit unevenly. 

In his keynote UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya described the report as “a very important contribution to implementing FPIC and moving forward the debate”. Certainly a lot more movement is needed, but a lot of progress has also been made since indigenous peoples began organising at a transnational level, especially through the UN Working…

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