For Indigenous Peoples, the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a fundamental, inherent and inalienable right.
The UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples along with other international instruments, recognises the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent as a right of Indigenous Peoples.
States should obtain Free, Prior and Informed Consent before approving any development project that will affect the lands and resources of Indigenous Peoples.
Governments cannot store dangerous materials on Indigenous Peoples’ lands without their Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
States must obtain Free, Prior and Informed Consent from Indigenous Peoples before taking legislative or administrative measures which will affect them.
Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples states that no one can forcibly displace indigenous communities from their territories.
It is important that indigenous communities elect leaders who will fight for the interests of their people and not the interests of the government.
Indigenous communities should not let governments continue to destroy their territories and violate their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
The right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent belongs to all Indigenous Peoples.
The right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent means that governments have to inform indigenous communities about any development projects they want to start in their territories, and listen to their opinions before beginning the project.