On 1 March 2013, Natural Justice with the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) made a further submission to the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises regarding indigenous peoples, business and human rights.
The submission was in response to a concept and discussion note prepared by the Working Group, given its decision to submit a thematic report to the 68th session of the General Assembly that will focus on the situation of indigenous peoples with regard to the prevention of negative impacts of business activities on the rights of indigenous peoples.
Public consultations were held on 14 February 2013 in Geneva and these, and other, submissions addressed the following focus questions:
- Focus: What specific issues and challenges should the Working Group take into account in drafting this report?
- Existing guidance and standards: What existing standards and documents should the Working Group take into account in drafting this report?
- Existing practices and initiatives: What existing practices and initiatives should the Working Group take into account in drafting this report?
- What focused insight can the Working Group bring to the issue of business impacts on indigenous peoples, given the role and thematic scope of other UN bodies on the rights of indigenous peoples?
- The submissions included case studies on gold mining in Tanchara, Ghana and Lamu, Kenya.
This, and other submissions, are available here.