The EDF company, 83% owned by the French state, is pinned down by a report from three NGOs. The latter denounce a wind project in Mexico that would harm the rights of indigenous peoples.
Three international NGOs are calling on the French State, which is 83% of EDF’s main shareholder, on June 10, on a wind power project carried out in Mexico by the group and which they believe violates the rights of indigenous peoples.
The French organization CCFD Terre solidaire, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR, German) and ProDESC (Mexican) publish a report on the “culpable silence of the French state”.
Their grievances against this 300 megawatt wind farm project in the State of Oaxaca are old and had already resulted last year in a lawsuit against EDF in France in the name of the duty of vigilance.
This principle stems from a law promulgated in 2017, requiring companies with more than 5,000 employees in the country to establish a “vigilance plan”, listing the risks related to fundamental rights at their subcontractors or suppliers abroad. .
And at the same time, France will continue to support EDF, which is involved in violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico.
“Until now, the right of the community to give its consent on this project has not been respected, in violation of its right to free, prior and informed consent”, say the NGOs in a joint statement.
They now challenge the French state, denouncing “breaches of the duty of vigilance and international law of the French state”.
“In six months, France will take over the presidency of the European Union. The question of a European directive relating to the duty of vigilance of multinationals should be at the top of the agenda, ”noted Swann Bommier, of CCFD-Terre Solidaire.
“And at the same time, France will continue to support EDF, which is involved in violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Such double talk, such cynicism cannot continue, ”he said.
The French Agency for State Participation (APE), contacted by AFP, did not react immediately.
EDF Renouvelables, for its part, ensured that it “scrupulously follows Mexican and international procedures concerning the consultation of local communities, associations and local authorities”.
The company points out that a public consultation phase was launched in 2018 but was interrupted several times and was recently suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
EDF Renouvelables also claims to have carried out “numerous information actions”, notably with public meetings in the native language, Zapotec.