Mexico: Indigenous community files complaint at OECD Natl. Contact Point against EDF for alleged human rights abuses at wind farm

The community of Unión Hidalgo at the southern state of Oaxaca in Mexico, and the NGO Project for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights filed a complaint with the French National Contact point from OECD against Electricity of France EDF, alleging that EDF and its subsidiary in Mexico, Eolica de Oaxaca, S.A.P.I de C.V., violated to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), amongst other human rights, with the possible construction of the Gunaa Sicaru wind farm. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited EDF to respond; the response is available below.

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Company response
13 March 2018

EDF Response

Author: EDF

"The Energy Ministry of the Federal Government who has the responsibility of the public consultation will be working in the preliminary phase of the public consultation at the end of February for the approval of the consultation protocol with the communities. Once this preliminary phase is concluded, EDF EN local team based in Mexico will carry out the informative phase, in order to present the project and all its technical and social features.“

Article
8 February 2018

EDF's violation of FPIC at wind energy park in Mexico

Author: OECD Watch

…On 8 February 2018, representatives from the Zapotec community of Union Hidalgo in Oaxaca, Mexico filed a complaint with the French NCP against Electricity of France (EDF Group) for breaching the OECD Guidelines. The complainants allege that EDF Group and its subsidiary in Mexico, Eolica de Oaxaca, S.A.P.I de C.V., have violated the indigenous community of Union Hidalgo’s right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), amongst other human rights, with the possible construction of the Gunaa Sicaru wind farm on their land, which would be the fourth wind park of EDF in Mexico. In the complainants’ press release on 12 February, they express concern over the critical voices regarding the French NCP’s state of ineffectiveness and express hope that the NCP operates in accordance to the OECD Guidelines and resolves the case in an impartial, equitable, accessible, transparent and participatory manner. The complainants are asking the NCP to offer mediation to discuss the human rights violations and ensure that EDF acts in compliance with the OECD Guidelines and with its responsibility to ensure dialogue with the community.

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