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Endorsement of Indigenous Peoples’ submission to the OECD

The European Network on Indigenous Peoples (ENIP), a network of European Organizations which collectively strive to ensure that all European actors fulfil, respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples globally, fully endorses the preliminary comments submitted jointly by 64 indigenous peoples organizations and networks on the OECD ‘Consultation Draft: Targeted update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and their Implementation Procedures’.

Read the preliminary comments submitted by indigenous organisations and networks here (IPRI)

We hereby echo the critical issues raised in the indigenous rights-holders’ submission in relation to: 1) the Guidelines revision/update process, 2) the contents of the current draft, and 3) the implementation of the Guidelines, that must be addressed if the Guidelines are to realize their function of ensuring responsible business conduct and respect for international human rights law.

Read ENIP’s full endorsement document here

This endorsement of the indigenous peoples’ submission to the OECD is made by ENIP on behalf of its member organizations: the Grupo de Trabajo Intercultural Almáciga, the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and the Institut für Ökologie und Aktions-Ethnologie e.V. (infoe).

26 Session of the HRC: Statement on the work of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

26th Session of the Human Rights Council
June 2014

All over the world Indigenous peoples are suffering negative impacts on their enjoyment of their human rights due to the activities of transnational corporations and other businesses operating in or near their lands and territories. Such impacts were recognized as ‘disproportionate’ by the former representative of the Secretary-General, Professor John Ruggie. Due to this situation, indigenous peoples’ organizations and support groups greeted the consensus adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (herein, ‘the Guiding Principles’) as a first step towards ensuring accountability and appropriate remedy where their human rights are violated by business activities, while underlining the importance of moving towards binding instruments to that end. Continue reading 26 Session of the HRC: Statement on the work of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights