Amerindian groups call for the Amerindian Act to be repealed – 22nd Jan 2013
Amerindian leaders are calling for the Amerindian Act to be revised if their rights as indigenous people are to be protected. The comments were made in wake of a recent high court ruling by Justice Diana Insansally in a case involving residents of the Isseneru Village and a miner. Today the Amerindian Peoples’ Association held a press briefing to highlight their disappointment at the ruling. The judge ruled that the village does not have complete jurisdiction over their lands even though they were issued title to the land. The judge pointed to the fact that the mining operation was there prior to the title being issued.
According to the APA, the ruling is very troubling on many fronts and they intend to appeal the ruling.
Toshaos and other village leaders pledged to continue to struggle for what rightfully belongs to them. They said it is time that the Government stop treating the Amerindian people as second class citizens.
The APA was expected to meet with President Donald Ramotar later this afternoon. The association vowed to make their voices heard and has planned several picketing exercises to vent their disapproval at the ruling.