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Union Hidalgo vs EDF Group

Case overview

Date filed 8 February 2018
Current status Withdrawn
Issue EDF's violation of FPIC at wind energy park in Mexico
Summary of the case On 8 February 2018, representatives from the Zapotec community of Union Hidalgo in Oaxaca, Mexico filed a complaint with the French NCP against Electricity of France (EDF Group) for breaching the OECD Guidelines. The complainants allege that EDF Group and its subsidiary in Mexico, Eolica de Oaxaca, S.A.P.I de C.V., have violated the indigenous community of Union Hidalgo’s right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), amongst other human rights, with the possible construction of the Gunaa Sicaru wind farm on their land, which would be the fourth wind park of EDF in Mexico. In the complainants’ press release on 12 February, they express concern over the critical voices regarding the French NCP’s state of ineffectiveness and express hope that the NCP operates in accordance to the OECD Guidelines and resolves the case in an impartial, equitable, accessible, transparent and participatory manner. The complainants are asking the NCP to offer mediation to discuss the human rights violations and ensure that EDF acts in compliance with the OECD Guidelines and with its responsibility to ensure dialogue with the community.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Les droits de l'homme, Environnement, Secteur de l'énergie

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point France
NCP address Paris, France
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible Electricité de France
Company address Avenue de Wagram 22-30
75382 Parijs
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Mexico
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
10 March 2020 National Contact Point France statement French NCP issues Final Statement on complaint. download pdf (525Kb)  
29 July 2019 Union Hidalgo community Complainants withdraw from complaint process. download pdf (98Kb)  
2 May 2018 National Contact Point France accept Initial Assessment from the French NCP  
12 February 2018 Project for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights press release Press Release by ProDESC download pdf (292Kb)  
8 February 2018 Union Hidalgo community file Complaint filed with the French NCP  

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