Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is a small island in the Pacific Ocean 3,800 kilometers from the coast of continental Chile, where the Rapa Nui people live. It is an original nation descended from a millenary culture developed by an isolated society.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the various sanitary restrictions and disruptions caused a virtual isolation of the island. Consequently, the local government scaled up efforts to support the operation of companies providing basic services while protecting and fulfilling human rights on Easter Island.
It is of particular importance to hear the voice of local and regional governments in the international fora, including business & human rights. This is particularly striking in the areas of water and sanitation, transport, trade, telecommunications, and energy production.
This side event will provide insight into:
practices in Chile, in particular regarding the Rapa Nui people, to facilitate the link between private companies and native peoples
public policies to establish frameworks for interaction between indigenous peoples, local governments and companies
human rights challenges faced by the local communities