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United Nation Supports Indigenous Land Rights in Mexico's Mining Plans

Wendy Anders - The Costa Rica Star
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November 10, 2016

To talk about the impact of mining on Mexico’s future, Laura Carlsen speaks with Miguel Mijangos, a member of the Network of Those Affected by Mining. (teleSUR English)

The United Nation Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli, on Wednesday recommended the Mexican government regulate and supervise the activities of mining companies that affect unprotected communities.

In a meeting with the Indigenous Affairs Committee of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Tauli explained that indigenous peoples “have been subject to injustice and severe violations of their human rights.”

For the U.N. official, indigenous peoples have disadvantages in terms of political influence, financial resources, access to information and education when facing governments and companies in consultations on projects that will affect their communities.

The Mexican Congress, according to Tauli, must legislate for mining to comply not only with international human rights standards, but also with indigenous rights to land, territory, natural resources, culture and religion, continued TeleSur TV.

Read the rest at The Costa Rica Star

Related: Canadian Mining Giant Dries Up Water Resources in Mexico (teleSUR)

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