Argentina establishes special council as criticism of poor indigenous relations intensifies
- Established by decree, the new council is designed to bring together indigenous and government leaders to tackle cultural and policy issues affecting indigenous communities.
- Activists have longed called for integration into decision-making processes affecting their communities, including enforcement of constitutional land, language, judicial, and development rights.
- A recent U.N. report called out the government’s record on land rights—including intimidation and judicial harassment—and called for increased indigenous representation in political and judicial bodies.
“Government Creates Special Council for Indigenous Affairs” (The Argentina Independent)
“Decreto 672/2016: Consejo Consultivo y Participativo de los Pueblos Indígenas de la República Argentina. Creación.” (Ministry of Justice & Human Rights, in Spanish)
“Argentina’s indigenous people face ‘appalling’ plight: U.N.” (The Thomson Reuters Foundation)
(Image Credit: Resistencia Qom, via The Argentina Independent)