U.N. reaches out to Indigenous populations struggle in Costa Rica

Posted on August 4, 2014 • Filed under: Conflicts, Costa Rica, Latin America Indigenous Issues

IPS.net reported Indigenous people in Costa Rica, hemmed in by violent attacks from farmers and ranchers who invade their land and burn down their homes, have found a new ally: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who met with 36 native leaders during a recent visit to this country.
The leaders, representing eight indigenous groups, described the violence faced by native people in Costa Rica, and the many struggles they face, even in simply getting identity cards. But they underlined that their most pressing concern is the occupation of indigenous areas by “the white man”, which has led to an escalation of attacks from landowners, who invade their ancestral territory and try to drive them off the land, despite a law that guarantees their right to collective ownership of their territory. The latest violent episode occurred in the community of Cedror, in the Salitre indigenous territory in the southeast of the country. Read Article

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