UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples reports to UN Human Rights Council, warns of extractive industries' impact on indigenous peoples

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21 September 2011

Extraction of natural resources a key cause of abuse of indigenous peoples’ rights – UN expert

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, warned Wednesday that indigenous communities’ right to self-determination in the political, social and economic spheres is being threatened by the current model for advancing with natural resource extraction...“The results [of a survey] show a lack of understanding of basic minimum standards on the impact of extractive industries affecting indigenous peoples and about the role and responsibility of the State to ensure protection of their rights,” he said

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11 July 2011

[PDF] Extractive industries operating within or near indigenous territories

Author: Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya

The Special Rapporteur devotes the second half of the report to an analysis of the impact of extractive industries operating within or near indigenous territories following the distribution of a questionnaire on the issue to Governments, indigenous peoples, corporations and civil society. The growing awareness of the impact of extractive industries on the rights of indigenous peoples is further raised by the concerns expressed by many of the responses received confirming the assertion that these projects and industries are becoming the greatest challenges to the exercise of the rights of indigenous peoples. This situation is further evidenced by the lack of understanding of basic minimum standards on the effects of extractive industries affecting indigenous peoples and about the role and responsibility of the State to ensure protection of their rights. [refers to Chevron-Texaco]

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