Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Press Release: Concerns with Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF)

On Monday October 21, 2013 the Government of Guyana and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a contract for the Amerindian Land Titling Project under the Guyana/Norway Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) arrangement. This signing took place during the opening session of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the National Toshaos Council and is heralded by President Donald Ramotar as fulfilling a promise made to the Amerindian people in the PPP’s manifesto. Campaigning? According to another government official Minister of Finance Ashni Singh, the project will give Amerindians control over the lands that belong to them. The project, according to the government is to facilitate the titling and demarcation of Amerindian lands. 

AMERINDIAN PEOPLES ASSOCIATION (APA) PRESS RELEASE: The APA Has Never Called for a “State within a State” but Instead Respect for Indigenous Rights

Recently and even more than before there has been a spate of letters appearing in the Guyana Chronicle leveled at criticizing the work of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and making totally false and malicious statements and assertions about the organisation and its Vice President Tony James. These include ones written by Noel Antone (June 6), Patrick Austin (June 9) and Peter Persaud (June 12). Letters such as those above have been given ready publication by the Chronicle but when the APA has responded to provide the truth, our letters or releases are never published by the paper.

Comunicado de Prensa: Un fallo judicial en Guyana viola los derechos de los pueblos indígenas

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Una decisión judicial controvertida favorece a los mineros por encima de los pueblos indígenas, en momentos en los que el país desciende a niveles aún más bajos de doble estándares en materia de derechos humanos y desarrollo

El 17 de enero de 2013, la Corte Superior de Guyana falló a favor de un minero que tiene una concesión minera en tierras indígenas tituladas. La sentencia dictamina que los mineros que obtuvieron los permisos de minería antes de la Ley Amerindia de 2006 no están sujetos a sus disposiciones. Por consiguiente, no tienen que obtener un permiso de las comunidades indígenas antes de realizar sus operaciones en las tierras de la comunidad.