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U.N. Supports Indigenous Land Rights in Mexico’s Mining Plans

By Wendy Anders Indigenous peoples have disadvantages vis-a-vis governments and companies in consultations on projects that affect their communities, reported TeleSur TV this week. The United Nation Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli, on Wednesday recommended the Mexican government regulate and supervise the activities of mining companies that affect unprotected communities. In a meeting with the Indigenous Affairs Committee of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Tauli explained that indigenous peoples “have been subject to injustice and severe violations of their human rights.” For the U.N. official, indigenous peoples have disadvantages in terms of political influence, financial…

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