RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND COMMUNITIES

APRIL respects the rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities and commits to the following:

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A.

Respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, national laws and ratified international treaties, on human rights and indigenous people.

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B.

Respect of the tenure rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities.

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C.

Respect of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operate on lands where they hold legal, communal or customary rights prior to commencing any new operations.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (“FPIC”)

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The principle that a community has the right to give or withhold its consent to proposed projects that may affect the land they customarily own, occupy or otherwise use, prior to the issuance of a concession permit.

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D.

No tolerance for the use of violence, intimidation or bribery.

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E.

To ensure that relevant international best practices in FPIC are followed, APRIL will actively engage with stakeholders, including communities, government, customers and civil society at the local, national and international levels.

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F.

Resolution of complaints and conflicts through mutually agreed, open, transparent and consultative processes that respect customary rights.

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G.

To develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and maintain processes for the responsible handling of the list of all complaints from communities and other relevant stakeholders. These processes will be developed, updated, improved, monitored and reported to the SAC and other relevant stakeholders.