Complaint Submitted to the IACHR Regarding Mining Zoning Bill Violating Indigenous Rights

Coordinación Regional Sur Equipo Nacional de Pastoral Aborigen (ENDEPA)

(Gan Gan, Argentina) The Regional Southern Coordinator of the National Aboriginal Pastoral Team (ENDEPA) reports that a complaint was submitted to the Inter American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the Argentinian government and the Province of Chubut’s failure to comply with international human rights treaties. This comes following the decision to submit a provincial bill regarding mining zoning which violates the right to consultation and participation of Original Peoples. 

The complaint was submitted on request of the Mapuche Tehuelche communities, “Los Pino”, “Mallin de los Cual” y “Chacay Oeste y Laguna Fría”. These companies also submitted a letter to the IACHR wherein they outlined violations committed against the Costa Rican “Pacto de San José” and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They requested that the international organism adopt the necessary measures to put an end ot the violation of the rights of the Mapuche Tehuelche Peoples. 

We demand that the public officials of the Chubut Province, especially the presidencia and the members of the Provincial Legislature, cease their behaviour which violates human rights, in order to avoid terrible consequences for the Mapuche Tehuelche Peoples as well as for the State. 

For more information contact: 

  • Gabriela Cual, +54 9 280 437 8328 (Español)