Participants at the World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers, WISER Baram 2015, hosted by the grassroots network SAVE Rivers collectively produced a declaration that acknowledges the widespread suffering and destruction caused by dams, and stresses the importance of obtaining Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities impacted by dam building.
Projects and programme interventions of multilateral development banks have a record of systematic and widespread human rights violations for indigenous peoples in Asia. In many countries, indigenous peoples have been subjected to widespread displacement and irreversible loss of traditional livelihoods. Behind these human rights violations is the denial of indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands, territories and resources and to their right to give their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to projects and programme interventions, including those in the name of sustainable development and human development. Among them, the large infrastructure (dams and highway construction) and environmental “conservation” projects have had the most detrimental adverse impacts on indigenous peoples. There are a good number of examples of such projects that have negatively impacted indigenous peoples’ communities in Asian countries, some of which follow below.
Reply to letter submitted by FPP 8 March 2010 about the proposed Kaiduan Dam (see related reports). The Minister's letter states that no official evaluation has yet taken place, and that proper procedures will be observed before the State Government makes any decision.
FPP letter expresses concerns in support of the potentially affected communities about the feasibility study, and requests the Government's commitment to conduct full, participatory consultations with the communities and the public before reaching a decision.Letter sent to the Chief Minister's Office, the Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment. For reply see related reports.
100 organizations from 30 countries signed on to this letter