This paper on ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Business in Myanmar’ is part of a Briefing
Paper series from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). Indigenous
peoples are present throughout the country, particularly in conflict‐affected areas. The
briefing sets out the local and international context for indigenous peoples, including a short
analysis of applicable international standards and domestic laws. It also describes the
current policy, legal and political economy landscape concerning indigenous peoples in
Myanmar. The paper gives guidance on how to apply relevant international standards on
indigenous people to Myanmar. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice.
This paper is primarily intended to assist businesses operating in Myanmar who want to
understand how to respect indigenous peoples’ rights and how to apply relevant
international standards. The business case for companies to build respectful relationships
with local communities and create shared value is increasingly understood, particularly for
extractives companies who hope to stay for years in a community. When local communities
are indigenous peoples, the case is even stronger. It may be reinforced by national legal
requirements as well as international standards. These may even lead companies to reach
formal agreements with indigenous communities...".....
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