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Amerindian Peoples’ Association not pleased with High Court ruling on land ownership – 17th Jan 2013

A high court ruling over of a disputed piece of land in the Amerindian community of Isseneru, in region seven, is seen as a major blow to the Amerindian community but a victory for Miners.

Justice Diana Insanally, today handed down the decision in the case brought against miners Joan and Mark Chang. The judge ruled that the mining operation was there prior to the 2006 Amerindian Act, coming into effect.

Toshao Lewis Lawson said, what was clear today from the ruling, is that the community has no power and rights over their land.

For some time now the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) had been urging the Government to take a closer look at the existing conflicts between Indigenous peoples and Miners.

APA Programme Administrator, Jean La Rose, said, more needs to be done to ensure that Amerindians’ rights are protected.

La Rose said, that the decision has serious implications for the indigenous community. La Rose said, Amerindians must be given their fair share.

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