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Indigenous peoples

1. Tools & guidance
2. Examples of uses

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1. Tools & guidance

Advance Unedited Version: Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises [on indigenous peoples]
UN Working Group on business & human rights, 6 Aug 2013

"Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Stakeholder Engagement: Shift Workshop Report No 3"
Shift, Aug 2013

“Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto”, Rio Tinto, in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
- “Why human rights matter: Background reader”, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Jan 2013
see section 3.5 on “Human rights and Indigenous peoples”.

"Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Calls for comments", UN Global Compact, 10 Dec 2012

“Ten Ways for Mining Companies to Work Better with Indigenous People”, Paul Klein, Forbes, 29 Feb 2012

"Protect, Respect, Remedy - A Guide on Business and Human Rights", Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Cambodia, Indigenous Community Support Organization, 1 Feb 2013
Picture book for indigenous communities in English & Khmer

For further tools & guidance, see the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal.


2. Examples of uses

"'Unheard Voices' Speak Out: Indigenous Ethiopians Demand a Stop to Human Rights Abuses Stemming from Agricultural Investment Policies", Oakland Institute, 5 Feb 2013

Statement by Professor James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Forum on Business and Human Rights, 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here

“Indigenous people are not only a vulnerable group; they should be considered as equal partners”, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, 7 Dec 2012

Closing Session: The Way Forward: Opportunities and Priorities for Action by Relevant Actors, Statement by Chief Willie Littlechild, Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here

“UN experts call for more protection of human rights of vulnerable groups affected by business activities”, UN News Centre, 3 Nov 2012

"Briefing: Vedanta's perspectives uncovered: Policies cannot mask practices in Orissa" (India), Amnesty Intl., 28 Aug 2012
“Amnesty International draws attention to Vedanta’s continuing failure to recognise the rights of Indigenous peoples and the principle of free, prior and informed consent”
- response from Vedanta is also provided

”Follow-up report on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making, with a focus on extractive industries”, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 16 Aug 2012

“Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya”, 6 Jul 2012

“South East Asian Human Rights Commissioners and Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations adopt Bali Declaration on Human Rights and Agribusiness”, Forest People's Programme, 20 Feb 2012

“Event Report: India CEO Forum on Business and Human Rights Global”, Global Compact Network India, 13 Feb 2012

“Conference - A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation and land rights violations”, Peace Brigades Intl., 2011

For further reports & articles, see the Resource Centre’s general section on Indigenous Peoples.

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6 August 2013

[PDF] Advance Unedited Version: Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises [on indigenous peoples]

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

This report explores the challenges faced in addressing adverse impacts of business-related activities on the rights of indigenous peoples through the lens of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The focus is how the...

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Article
1 August 2013

[PDF] Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Stakeholder Engagement: Shift Workshop Report No 3

Author: Shift

[Many] human rights impacts can be linked back to challenges related to stakeholder engagement...On 23-24 May 2013, Shift held...[a] workshop focused on...stakeholder engagement in implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human...

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Article
5 February 2013

“Unheard Voices” Speak Out: Indigenous Ethiopians Demand a Stop to Human Rights Abuses Stemming from Agricultural Investment Policies

Author: The Oakland Institute [USA]

Obang Metho of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia and Nyikaw Ochalla of the Anywaa Survival Organization testified to the human rights abuses against Anuak community members in the Gambella region of Ethiopia...Since 2010, the Ethiopian...

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1 February 2013

[PDF] Protect, Respect, Remedy - A Guide on Business and Human Rights [description in English & Khmer]

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Cambodia, Indigenous Community Support Organization

This picture book is specially developed for indigenous communities and other rights holders as an information tool for human rights promotion and protection. It aims to raise public awareness on the responsibilities of States and business enterprises...

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Article
1 January 2013

Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto

Author: Rio Tinto, in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland

We know that our decisions and actions, whether inadvertent or deliberate, can result in adverse human impacts. We also recognise that respecting human rights is a continual process which we will always strive to improve. We are determined to be...

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1 January 2013

[PDF] Why human rights matter: Background reader

Author: Danish Institute for Human Rights

The aim of this reader is to help practitioners to deepen their knowledge about human rights in the natural resources context...The reader...has six main sections: What are human rights?...Business and human rights...Human rights in Communities work.....

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Article
10 December 2012

Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Calls for Comments

Author: UN Global Compact

On International Human Rights Day, the UN Global Compact has released for comment the exposure draft of the Business Reference Guide on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)...The Guide illustrates how indigenous peoples'...

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Article
7 December 2012

Indigenous people are not only a vulnerable group; they should be considered as equal partners

Author: Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East

[Title and summary translation from Russian provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] At the first Forum on business and human rights, a representative of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of...

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Article
5 December 2012

Statement by Professor James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Forum on Business and Human Rights

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

...I have noted significant ambiguity about the extent to or manner in which the Guiding Principles [on business and human rights] relate to the standards of human rights that specifically concern indigenous peoples...[A]s affirmed by the Guiding...

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Article
5 December 2012

[DOC] Closing Session: The Way Forward: Opportunities and Priorities for Action by Relevant Actors [Statement by Chief Willie Littlechild, Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples]

Author: Chief Willie Littlechild, Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Now a change is possible. There is new opportunity. I am so thankful that the Working Group has decided to focus on Indigenous peoples’ issues. For me to see such serious consideration, to see such inclusion of Indigenous peoples in the workplan,...

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