Companies must take steps to ensure renewable energy development does not negatively impact indigenous peoples' rights

Author: Justine Calma, Quartz (USA), Published on: 28 November 2016

"Renewable energy is violating human rights as much as fossil fuels have for decades," 25 Nov 2016

…[P]rominent indigenous activist Berta Caceres wrote a letter to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples…She…asked Tauli-Corpuz…to…investigate “the severe violation of…human rights of indigenous peoples in our country,”...In March 2016, Caceres was shot and killed in her home…[A]s the world moves towards renewable energy, indigenous people are facing threats from those seeking to make money in the new, green economy. After the global climate agreement brokered in Paris last year, investment in renewable energy is surging… Business & Human Rights Resource Centre…released a report on responsible renewable energy. They reached out to 50 renewable energy companies about their approach to human rights, and only five said they’d committed to…free, prior and informed consent...But it’s complicated. Indigenous leaders are fighting for land rights and against corporate “green-grabbing”—but they do genuinely want a just transition to renewable energy…Human rights defenders…contend that native peoples’ voices need to be included in development projects meant to mitigate the effects of climate change…

[Also refers to Desarrollos Energéticos.]

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Related companies: Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA)