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This report explores the usefulness and impact of adopting a free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) policy from an industry perspective for Talisman corporation. The report advocates for FPIC from the perspective of members of extractive sector corporations.
This briefing report explains the roles and responsibilities of companies to address human rights impacts of company operations. Indigenous peoples that are potentially affected by industry development have ethical, legal, and financial rights related to industrial development. The report identifies key challenges related to implementing FPIC and recommendations for companies who invest in the Amazon.
Tremendous progress has been made by Indigenous peoples over the last 20 years, but Indigenous peoples must now focus on spurring the private sector to make similar rights recognitions. By advocating the adoption of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), Indigenous peoples are changing business practices on a huge scale.
This article provides an overview of Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), including the meaning of each of these components. The legal basis for FPIC suggests that Indigenous peoples’ consent is required for any project that effects their lands or resources. The limits of FPIC are also discussed however, including the lack of clear definitions regarding consent and consultation, and the problems of non-enforcement by nation states.
Negotiating FPIC is a process, consisting of informing affected persons about planned activities and their impacts and verifying that the information provided has been understood, before explicit consent can be negotiated. If people refuse, their decision must be respected. FPIC focuses on harmonising relationships between groups of different power and means.
This article describes a series of radio programs being produced by Cultural Survival, to share knowledge about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Indigenous communities. UNDRIP and FPIC are significant international policies, but their benefit is only realized when they are applied by Indigenous peoples. Greater information sharing about Indigenous rights is therefore necessary.