The National Contact Points (NCPs) in Norway and Sweden have today published their joint Final statement in the complaint filed by Jijnjevaerie Sami Village against Statkraft. The main question in the complaint was whether Statkraft had taken account of the Sami village’s interests and respected their human rights in connection with a wind power project in Jamtland (Sweden), including carrying out risk-based human rights diligence and consulting with the Sami village.
The NCPs have not found grounds for concluding that Statkraft has failed to comply with the OECD Guidelines. The NCPs have pointed to some areas where there is room for improvement, including that Statkraft can work in a manner that even more clearly promotes indigenous people’s rights and the implementation of the OECD Guidelines . The NCPs recommend that the parties show renewed will to negotiate an agreement on the further development of the wind power projects, their scope and extent and compensation scheme.