Indigenous communities and representatives of native peoples demanded this Tuesday before the National Congress within the framework of the Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, and to extend Law 26,160, on “territorial emergency”, which, among other issues, establishes the prohibition of evictions in the lands they inhabit.


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The president of the Organization of Communities of Indigenous Peoples (Orcopo), Enrique Mamani, pointed out regarding said legislature that “the three existing extensions imply that this Law must carry out a survey of the original peoples, for which a budget is needed, which it hasn’t arrived yet, so it’s undoubtedly a dead law at this point. “

The protesters also demanded the existence and approval of a community law that allows them to obtain property titles to their territories and end the legal insecurity they have suffered until now.

Last October 6 from the Nations Movement and the native peoples highlighted in a statement the need for “the ban on the eviction of our peoples to continue in force, and to definitively resolve the pending survey to find a just solution for those of us who inhabit these land. We are committed to speaking in all provinces with deputies and senators of the nation ”.

By the way, they were received by deputies from the Frente de Todos party, a meeting in which deputy Paula Penacca expressed the commitment of said bloc to “work to sanction this extension when it comes from the Senate and contemplates the budget,” while highlighting the respect of the Government for the memory and identity of those communities.

Meanwhile, Carlos Alderete recognized the existence of “an ignorance as a State of the native peoples, in addition to the existing commitment to face this challenge.”

Law 26,160 sanctioned in 2006 has been extended three times, the last in 2017 and which expires on November 23. This establishes a series of rights that give rise to hundreds of territorial recognitions associated with the possession and ownership of territories traditionally occupied by indigenous communities.

Data provided by the National Institute of Indigenous Affairs (INAI), reveal that until August of this year, in Argentina there are approximately 1,760 indigenous communities, of which 1,015 have not completed the territorial survey.

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