Consultation Protocols (Video): Instrument for the Defense of Territories and Rights
Organisation: International Rivers and Others
Type: Webinar, Video, Audio
The video “Consultation Protocols: Instrument for the Defense of Territories and Rights” was produced by International Rivers and directed by Todd Southgate. It portrays an initiative that emerged within the movements of indigenous peoples and other traditional communities that aims to ensure the right to free, prior and informed consultation and consent on policies and projects that affect their territories and lives.
It has 28 mins and is divided into four parts, in the first part it contextualizes the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consultation and Consent in relation to the 1988 Brazilian Constitution and the Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, from the Organization of American States (OAS), and its relation to the right of self-determination, or the right decide what you want for your land and people.
In the second part, it explains what the Autonomous Consultation and Consent Protocols are, which serve to determine how the consultation process with each people or community will be carried out and why they arose, due to the government’s disrespect to the right of consultation or its culturally inappropriate implementation. The Wajãmpi were the first Brazilian people to create a Protocol, and Jatuta Wajãmpi tells us a little about the experience.
Then, the video shows what should be considered in the elaboration of the protocols. In the words of Leonardo Rikbaktsa, Maria Leusa Kabá and Vanuza Cardoso, the preparation of the documents of the consultation protocols must respect the culture and decision-making of each people, including the language and time it takes for each community to make their decisions, and include all members.