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Peru Leads the Way for Latin America's Indigenous Communities

World  (tags: Peru, Chevron, indigenous people, human rights, corporate greed )

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Against the wider backdrop of a struggle that pits the ancestral owners of untapped natural resources against greedy governments and corporations, Peru's new law on the right of indigenous people to prior consultation may set a regional precedent in avoi


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. (0)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 12:42 pm
noted. A ray of hope, perhaps

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 1:11 pm
Peru needs to denounce the American-sponsored, failed War on Drugs for what it is: an effort by an imperialistic power to destabilize the various nations of the Andes.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 1:21 pm
Noted thanks Nancy.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 3:41 pm
love it thanks!

Richard Smith (81)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 4:07 pm
tizhameh(thanks) Nancy,

maybe hopeful
but this part is worrisome:

Peru does now have a law with more precise language than Bolivia, but the legislation follows the argument of the Bolivian government nevertheless; it gives the state, and not indigenous people, the right to make the final decision if a dispute arises. It may have succeeded in greatly reducing the likelihood of another Bagua. But the law does not eliminate the risk of social conflicts altogether: the government and indigenous people could clash again if they find themselves unable to compromise..

governments that claim the "last" say over land use are still the colonizing governments.
If gold was discovered, or something else, well, laws all are written with that back door.

like public apologies :
a confession of atrocities are made public and handshakes all around..
but down in the fine print is the disclaimer that keeps one from being ever held accountable.

"as long as rivers shall flow and grass shall grow"
only applies until the government changes its mind.

Evelyn B (79)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 5:07 pm
Noted Tks Nancy

Kathy Javens (104)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 6:12 pm
Noted. This does not solve everything by a lon shot, but it is a step in the right direction. There IS hope.

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 10:01 pm
Great first step, but needs more indiginous peoples protection and rights.

Iwona Krzeminska (73)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 5:53 am
I think you are right, Richard, probably „ more precise language” of a law will be still one of the tools used for justification of government actions. Probably it is one little step forward too, but only probably. Eyes of all the world must be still open.
Thank you for sharing, Nancy

. (1)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 7:35 am
Noted. Thank you Nancy.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 8:33 am
Noted with thanks.

Jessica Lopes (19)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 11:48 am
Noted, thank you

Carol H (229)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 3:08 pm
noted, thanks Nancy!

Jerry B (128)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 9:30 pm
Noted thank you Nancy!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 15, 2011, 11:38 am
A long, long way to go, to be sure. But we should encourage every step in the right direction. So this is very welcome.

Robert O (12)
Friday September 16, 2011, 1:20 am
Thanks Nancy.

Nancy C (806)
Friday September 16, 2011, 8:09 am
Any step towards human rights is a good step. When the forward motion is to confuse the less educated, the less lucrative, the poor, the weak, the people who are not government...we must all be watching.

KS Goh (0)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 2:21 am
Thanks for the article.

Elizabeth P (99)
Monday September 19, 2011, 7:38 pm
Noted and hope for the best.
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