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Apr 6, 2016

TAA Says They Feel Compelled To Bring Action Against Government

Cristina Coc

In a release issued by the Toledo Alcaldes Association, it states that the villages are compelled to bring these actions against government for enforcement of their rights.  We asked Coc to explain the lawsuit in the context of the court ordered process between the communities and the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission.


Isani Cayetano

“How does this work in the context of the commission that was recently formed to work with the Maya community with regards to land rights issues and what have you?”


On the Phone: Cristina Coc, Spokesperson, MLA

“Well, we recognize and we continue to hope that we can move forward with the implementation process which was, whereby the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission was mandated to implement.  We continue to believe that this process will move forward; however, in the interim, as the implementation process unfolds we hope that the government can cease and desist from any further interference, whether by the state itself or third parties, on Maya peoples’ lands.  That commitment has not been upheld and so we went to the Caribbean Court of Justice in January, late January to report on the process of implementation and we were advised very clearly from the court that we could go back to a lower court to seek redress for these violations, as this would be, essentially, in contempt of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s order.”


The Maya community remains optimistic that meaningful consultations with government will result in the official establishment, documentation and protection of Maya lands to avoid future recurrence.

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1 Response for “TAA Says They Feel Compelled To Bring Action Against Government”

  1. TheTruthHurts says:

    The Mayans has all rights, stop pushing these people around…they are humble people that are not trying to infiltrate the government, they are just trying to live a nice quiet life in their community.

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