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Call for input on the impact of toxics on Indigenous peoples

Issued by

Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights


28 July 2022


Issued by Special Procedures


Environment, Hazardous substances and waste, Indigenous peoples

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In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Marcos Orellana, examines the negative implications of toxic and hazardous substances on indigenous peoples’ enjoyment of human rights. Mining, oil and gas exploration and extraction, spraying of toxic pesticides, dumping of hazardous wastes, and military activities have appalling effects on the rights of indigenous peoples. Every aspect of indigenous peoples’ lives is affected by the contamination of their bodies, lands, waters, food, wildlife and plants.


The Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights, Marcos Orellana, wishes to thank States, Indigenous peoples, civil society organizations, academic institutions, businesses, international organizations and other stakeholders for the continued engagement with this mandate. He launches the process of gathering inputs from States and other stakeholders to inform his thematic report on the impacts of toxics on Indigenous peoples and human rights. The report will be presented at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in October 2022.

Key questions and types of input sought

The following questionnaire seeks information on how toxics have affected Indigenous peoples’ rights and how States are taking steps to eliminate the effects of toxic exposure on Indigenous peoples. This information may include ways that Indigenous peoples are being exposed to toxics, ways that countries are preventing Indigenous peoples’ exposure to toxics, and the legal rights and remedies available to Indigenous peoples exposed to toxics and hazardous waste.

Download the questionnaire for States (WORD): English | Français | Español

Download the questionnaire for Indigenous peoples and civil society (WORD): English | Français | Español

How and where to submit inputs/comments

Inputs may be sent by e-mail, fax or postal mail. They must be received by 23 May 2022 18:00 CEST.

Unless otherwise requested, all submissions will be posted on this page. Should you not wish to have your response published, please clearly indicate it in your response.