Indigenous people must be consulted about mining in Costa Rica

When mining is done in their territories and their rights could be affected, the indigenous people must be consulted.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

According to the article published in elfinanciero.com "The Attorney General's Office release a report (376) dated 20/10/2008 in which it points out that the consultations must be done in cases where the interests of the indigenous people could be affected. The ruling was made in response to consultations by Genaro Gutierrez, president of the National Commission on Indigenous Affairs (Conai), after ...

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