We sent this letter below to 560+ European Union legislators urging them to include Indigenous Peoples' rights in the Critical Raw Materials Act.
Is consent really necessary?
On 14 September, MEPs will vote on the ITRE Compromise text on the Commission proposal for Critical Raw Materials Regulation (CRMR). We call on you to support the inclusion of the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) and Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the upcoming plenary vote.
- Over 50% of Energy Transition mining occurs on or near Indigenous Peoples' lands. Indigenous Peoples are at the bottom of the mineral value chain.
- European legislation can significantly affect Indigenous well-being and survival.
- Support the inclusion of FPIC and UNDRIP for collective Indigenous Peoples' rights.
- The absence of FPIC not only hurts Indigenous Peoples, but also may cause economic losses to companies and governments.
- 510 human rights allegations made against 115 companies in 12 years, with nearly 40% related to Indigenous Peoples in 2022.
- Support Amendments 11 and 23 for FPIC inclusion in CRMR Framework.
Finally, we ask for your support, because the European legislation on transition minerals will not only have a large impact on Indigenous People in and of itself, but it will also serve as a model at the international level. Unless Europe ensures that Indigenous Peoples' rights are respected and no one is left behind in the transition, other countries and regions will be less likely to do so.
Particularly, we call on you to vote in favour of Amendments 11 and 23 that ensure the inclusion of FPIC in the CRMR Framework.
- Fossil fuels do not belong in a list of critical raw materials in 2023, vote no on Amendment 2 for including coking coal in the CRM list.
- For tin and uranium, there are no valid reasons to consider those raw materials critical. Corresponding amendments 5,7 should be discarded as they gravely impact the scope and impact of extractive industries included in the CRMR.
- Amendments 14-25 further strengthen the safeguarding of environmentally protected areas, the rights of Nature and Indigenous Peoples, in which the European Union has been at the absolute forefront in the past decades. We urge you to vote in favour of these amendments.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
European Environmental Bureau, Seas At Risk, CAN Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Oxfam, Cultural Survival, SOMO, CIDSE, BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany), PowerShift Germany, Environmental Justice Foundation, Society for Threatened Peoples, Global Witness, FERN, Natural Resource Governance Institute, DiXi Group Ukraine, DKA Austria, Brot für die Welt, ECOS, ODG, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, ZERO Portugal, WWF Germany, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Südwind Austria, Securing Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Green Economy Coalition (SIRGE), CATAPA, Focus Slovenia, Milieudefensie - Friends of the Earth Netherlands, RREUSE, Friends of the Earth Spain, SETEM Catalunya, Global 2000 - Friends of the Earth Austria, INKOTA-netzwerk, World Economy, Ecology and Development, Association négaWatt France, France Nature Environment, Broederlijk Delen Belgium, Ecologistas en Acción Spain, London Mining Network.