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    Indigenous peoples in Guatemala

    Guatemala is home to 24 principal ethnic groups. Although the Government of Guatemala has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the country’s indigenous peoples continue to face a number of challenges.
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    Indigenous people in Guatemala counts 6 million, belonging to 24 ethnic groups
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    21.8 percent of the indigenous population is affected by extreme poverty, compared to 7.4 per cent of the non-indigenous population.
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Report released on natural resource extraction and the Marlin Mine in Guatemala

The Special Rapporteur issues his report on the Situation of indigenous peoples of Guatemala in relation to natural resource extraction projects, and other projects, in their traditional territories. As an appendix to the report, he analyzes the human rights situation of communities affected by the Marlin mine in the municipalities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa, department of San Marcos.

In the report, the Special Rapporteur notes that Guatemala is currently experiencing a high degree of social unrest in connection with the natural resource extraction activities taking place in the traditional territories of indigenous peoples, which has serious impacts on indigenous peoples' rights, and threatens governance and economic development. With his observations, the Special Rapporteur aims to identify the underlying causes of current problems, in order to help address these problems through specific recommendations in the light of relevant international standards.

 

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