Amerindian Peoples’ Association not pleased with High Court ruling

Amerindian Peoples’ Association not pleased with High Court ruling on land ownership

January 17, Capitol News – A high court ruling over of a disputed piece of land in the Amerindian community of Isseneru, in region seven, is seen as a major blow to the Amerindian community but a victory for Miners.

Justice Diana Insanally, today handed down the decision in the case brought against miners Joan and Mark Chang. The judge ruled that the mining operation was there prior to the 2006 Amerindian Act, coming into effect.  Toshao Lewis Lawson said, what was clear today from the ruling, is that the community has no power and rights over their land.   

For some time now the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) had been urging the Government to take a closer look at the existing conflicts between Indigenous peoples and Miners.

APA Programme Administrator, Jean La Rose, said, more needs to be done to ensure that Amerindians’ rights are protected.  La Rose said, that the decision has serious implications for the indigenous community. La Rose said, Amerindians must be given their fair share.

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  • compton de castro  On January 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    The issue of “aboriginal amerindians land” will resurface over and over again…

    The AMAZON forrest belongs to no one….not even the aboriginal amerindian
    tribes….however their rights to use the land must be upheld in the courts or
    conflict of interest will escalate.
    The amazon forrest belongs to all who use it … miners loggers et al but its use must be specified before licences are issued by the courts et al…

    Sustainable development of the amazonian forest is possible but licenses
    should not be issued/granted unless the usage can be monitored….forest rangers et al.. licenses can be withdrawn if the land is not used for the purpose
    of the license ……..

    The law is an “ass” unless it is enforceable.

    but without laws you would have anarchy.

    For a judge to make a ruling based on the timing of an agreement before/after
    its act was passed seems a bit “silly” for want of a better word.
    What justice Insanally should be asking for is an investigation into how the land is being used….and for what purpose the license was issued for in the first place.
    Obviously some “facts” were ignored in her judgement.

    The other issue comes into the ruling….
    Shouldn’t local people have rights over their land usage.
    David Cameron is faced with a similar dilemma in UK s local elections.
    He wishes to return “power” to the “local” communities …. but is facing growing opposition to the idea …. power struggle within party politricks…

    The world need serious land reformation with countries like GUYANA taking the giant step for mankind…..
    Land should only be leased…..if you dont “use” it you “loose” it
    giving others a chance to do so. But the issue is the purpose for
    leasing must be stated categorically before licenses are issued….
    with useage being monitored.

    It is an absolute joke that a giant of a state of 750.000 souls cannot get it right.
    With so much land laid to waste it is a shocking example of the ineptitude of the political will of the elected representatives of the people.

    wake up GUYANA
    wake up GUYANESE….if neccessary vote them out ! your ballot is your weapon of mass reformation.


  • Jo  On January 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    The judge is myopic. She does not have the foresight to see what mining, does to the environment if it is not done responsibly. Can’t wait for the next election. They are giving away guyana or eating their way through it by thievery and cunning. I don’t know when Guyanese will ever wake up. Sheeples.

  • compton de castro  On January 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    dear jo
    as I am forever the optimist my answer is “sooner than later”
    GUYANA will change
    GUYANA is changing
    GUIYANA must change

    or die in its sleep …hopefully peacefully

    thanks your comments above

    • Dwight Larson  On January 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Yes.. Guyanese must wake up..or die in our sleep.. What we need is a govt who can at all time protect Guyanese rights and we need all Guyanese to support that.. Will we allow them to treat us like Colonial days??? The answer is NO.. We must remember this that WE ARE ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION and ONE DESTINY..

  • Dwight Larson  On January 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Isseneru will not allow their case to go down without a legal battle. Isseneru will be strong because its case represents injustice in Guyana’s court system and will stand firm because it also represents the right to full ownership of Amerindian Lands..

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