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Apr 6, 2022

A Roadmap Going Forward; Customary Land Policy

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled against G.O.B. and in favor of the Maya community of Jalacte and two villagers for the construction of the Jalacte Road without free, prior and inform consent. G.O.B. was ordered to pay six point three million dollars. With the filing of the F-PIC protocol, News Five asked Minister Dolores Balderamos-Garcia what the roadmap is going forward. She says a legislative framework for the land tenure policy is critical.

 

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia

“We are now working on what you call the customary land policy. What we are doing, we are looking at getting the kind of legal representation that we will need for the actual laws because we can’t just talk that we are going to implement the ruling of the court; we have to act towards it and we are in the process of engaging with attorneys who will help us with what we call the legislative process and the legislative framework. So I do believe that we are making good progress. The next steps will be to continue to reach out in terms of the land tenure policy and then of course maybe we will need some adjustments to the roadmap. But I must tell you, on the part of the government, we don’t want to be here twenty years from now and the legislative framework is not in place so we consider it to be urgent. And even the people of Toledo are asking, will I be able to have my little private land title even though we are implementing the ruling of the court and the answer is yes. We will try to balance the competing interests and we will try to do it in a peaceful way so that at the end of the day, there can be a way of living together – a modus vivendi is what they call it.”


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