April 3rd, 2012
In what is being called, a little-noticed decision, Mexico’s high court ruled in favor of an Indigenous community in the state of Chihuahua. The Mexican Supreme Court determined in March that the community of Huitosachi has a right to participate in the decision-making of the Copper Canyon Trust Fund, an organization spearheading tourism development in Chihuahua’s Sierra Tarahumara region.
Huitosachi’s leaders went to court to protect their lands from development in a zone adjoining the small indigenous community. Two federal judges initially ruled against the Huitosachi.
The Supreme Court justices declared that the Mexican Constitution guarantees the participation of Indigenous communities in the type of projects that would affect Huitosachi. The court also stated that the relevant national law is similar to the International Labor Organization’s Convention No. 169, which protects the rights of Indigenous communities and tribal peoples. Mexico is among 22 nations that have ratified the international agreement. The United States has not.
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An Underreported struggles email brought this to my attention – http://intercontinentalcry.org/underreported-struggles-60-march-2012/
Spanish language version at http://es.intercontinentalcry.org/