United Nations to use social networking to defend indigenous peoples from extractive industries

United Nations is looking to set up a global network by which indigenous peoples (IPs) can help each other respond to violations of their rights, mainly by extractive industries. Eighty-five IP representatives from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Europe and Russia, Arctic, Latin and North America, as well as experts, have gathered in Manila for the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries. “This conference is really to tackle the indigenous peoples’ rights, which are violated by extractive
industries,” Victoria Tauli-Corpuzm chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said

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There is a need to develop a global network because there is no one
existing body of IPs, there is no existing global network. “By raising
the issues and cases to national and even international courts, the
voices of the indigenous peoples will be heard.

Now, with this global network, hopefully their voices can be heard. Media also [have] a crucial role in delivering the situations, the issues, these people encounter so everyone will know about what is really happening. And lastly, the dialogue with the investors and these corporations will really help. It is in fact the most important thing,” Corpuz said.

Corpus also said it was sound corporate thinking to respect IPs’
rights. “It is in the self-interest of these corporations to respect
the rights of the indigenous peoples because, if not, there will be
more conflict, and more conflict means more expenses for them.

Then they [corporations] will be seen in a bad light. If they don’t
mutually agree to terms or negotiate, it’s like they are robbing these
people of their own things in their own home,” she said

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