Amerindians continue to demand that their rights be respected and calls for a review of the 2006 Amerindian Act
Indigenous people used the observance of World International Indigenous day to protest outside the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs over what they believe is poor representation by the Amerindian Affairs Ministry.
The residents drawn from various communities in the interior region is also calling for a review of the 2006 Amerindian Act, which they feel is powerless and they are also demanding more respect for Guyana’s first peoples.
Attorney-at-Law David James and AFC Member of Parliament Valarie Lowe put the struggle of the Amerindian people in this perspective.
They then voiced their disgust over the decision handed down against Isseneru residents. High Court judge Dianna Insanally ruled against the villagers in favour of a miner Joan Chang on what the Amerindians consider to be ancestral lands.
The residents vowed not to give up the struggle until their demands are met.