Cultural Survival Launches Radio Series on Free, Prior and Informed Consent
“The most important element of Indigenous Peoples’ ability to claim the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent is to have informed and organized communities.” –UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Delegate
To further advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples worldwide, Cultural Survival is developing an innovative new radio series to spread the word about the right of Indigenous Peoples to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). We are producing and distributing a series of radio programs on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to inform Indigenous listeners about their rights under international law.
The principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent seek to ensure that a given community has the right to grant or withhold consent for proposed projects that might affect their lands, resources, and territories. Development projects seeking to exploit marginalized areas at low costs often do not take into account the considerations of Indigenous Peoples who have lived on and protected these lands for countless generations. FPIC’s emphasis on “prior” consent indicates that Indigenous Peoples should be involved in the early planning stages on any development project and before any decisions take place, thus bolstering the opportunity for Indigenous communities to have a voice in how the development process takes its form. The principles of FPIC are enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 169.
Listen to the programs at consent.cs.org.
Who are ‘Cultural Survival’?
Cultural Survival is a global leader in the fight to protect Indigenous lands, languages, and cultures around the world. In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, we advocate for Indigenous communities whose rights, cultures, and dignity are under threat. For more information go to http://www.cs.org