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Honduras: Indigenous communities reject new consultation law proposal

Author: TeleSur, Published on: 21 August 2018

"Honduras: Indigenous Groups Reject New Consultation Law", 17 Aug 2018

Hundreds of Indigenous Maya Chorti, Lenca, Pech, Miskito, Tolupan and Garifuna in Honduras marched from south Tegucigalpa to the National Congress to protest a new law that would reduce their right to informed consultation to a mere formality.  The government says the new law aims to comply with the International Labor Organization's Convention 169 (C169) on Indigenous rights...Indigenous organizations, however, claim the law is an attempt to transform legitimate consultations into mere formalities...Its second article grants the Honduran government the right to ignore the outcome of any consultation and continue with the project...The general coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (Ofraneh), the Indigenous Garifuna Miriam Miranda, explained..."[i]ndigenous peoples of Honduras protest in front of the Congress against the proposed Free and Informed Previous Consultation Law, promoted by the government, rejecting it because it wasn't discussed with the Indigenous peoples and grant the government the final word about extractive projects."...The law was developed only in Spanish, excluding the Indigenous languages of Honduras...The UN, through its Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has called for the government to modify the law in order to guarantee Indigenous peoples their right to a free and informed consultation...but the recommendations have so far been ignored.

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