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Aug 9, 2017

Maya Land Rights Commission Takes Interest, Completes Consultations

This morning, men, women and children from the wider indigenous community were bussed into Crique Sarco where the geographical map of the village was formally unveiled.  Among the invited guests was Lisel Alamilla, Chairperson of the Maya Land Rights Commission.  As part of the CCJ’s decision, that government agency is tasked with working with the respective communities in demarcating the perimeters of their villages, based on the communal use of land.  While the commission did not participate in this pilot project, we asked Alamilla for her thoughts on the outcome.


Lisel Alamilla

Lisel Alamilla, Chair, Maya Land Rights Commission

“I think it’s very good that they are launching the completion of this work or presenting rather the completion of this work on the World Indigenous People’s Day.  I think it’s quite good to be here in Crique Sarco.  I am not aware of all the details of how they went about their mapping exercise but I think it’s good that a community gets engaged in the process because, you know, part of the consent order is identifying Maya lands in regards to Maya customary land tenure.  So I would be very interested in reading how they went about it, what areas they included, how they resolved conflicts with the bordering communities.  I’m also interested in finding out whether in fact there’s overlap in the use and enjoyment of the lands.”


Isani Cayetano

“Where are we now in terms of the work of the commission and of course its relationship with the respective communities?”


Lisel Alamilla

“Well we have done our consultations with the villages.  Those who were amenable to the commission coming into the villages to hold consultations, so we didn’t go to all the Mayan villages but we went to majority of them.  Remember the focus is primarily on the twenty-three Maya villages that signed on to the consent order, but as a first step we visited all fifty villages in the Toledo District or at least made attempts to visit them.”


News Five will have a full story on the unveiling of the map in Thursday’s newscast.

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