Peru's Congress Approves Consultation Law
11 June 2010
Peruvian Congress approved in May a law which would require prior consultation with indigenous communities before starting any project that could affect their rights. Such legislation has been on hold for the last 15 years and aims to diminish social conflicts between the authorities, national and foreign businesses and indigenous groups, said Oseas Barbarán head of the Confederation of Amazonian Nations of Peru (CONAP).
Congress passed the law which was supported with 62 votes in favour, 7 against and 6 absentees. Peruvian ombudswoman Beatriz Merino said the norm “represents a transcendental step in the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights and to institutionalise multicultural dialogue between them and State authorities.” The legislation allows Peru to comply with article 6 of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 196 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.
The law still has to be enacted by President García. If he signs it, the law will return to Congress and be subject to a parliamentary debate.