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Peruvian Government Accused of Discrimination and Racism

LADB Article ID: 50763
Category/Department: Peru
Date: 2009-08-28
By: LADB Staff

President Alan Garcia has been accused of racism at the UN because of his repeated aggressive remarks on the indigenous peoples of Peru and for his disregard for indigenous rights. On Aug. 3, the Confederacion Nacional de Comunidades Afectadas por la Mineria (CONACAMI), comprising 1,300 Peruvian campesino and indigenous communities, and the Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indigenas (CAOI), founded in 2006, presented to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) a report from indigenous organizations as an alternative to the Peruvian government's official report to the agency.

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