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From rights to reality: Ensuring a rights-holder-centred application of the French Duty of Vigilance law

This report focuses on a case brought before French civil courts by members of the Unión Hidalgo community in Mexico against the energy company Electricité de France (EDF). The case alleges that EDF, a company partly owned by the French state, violated its vigilance obligation by failing to adequately identify and prevent the risk of human rights violations resulting from the development of a wind farm on Indigenous land. Impacted community members, in collaboration with Mexican NGO ProDESC and ECCHR, have sought to use the LdV to prevent further violations of their physical integrity, right to free, prior and informed consent, and right to land, as well as to access remedy for harm.

Uploaded on: May 10, 2023