Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz // #Guatemala must break cycle of discrimination against indigenous peoples, says UN expert

Guatemala must break cycle of discrimination against indigenous peoples, says UN expert – At the end of a 10-day visit to the country, the UN human rights expert urged the Government to reconstruct its relationship with indigenous peoples. She also called on the Government to ensure accountability and reparations with respect to Guatemala’s civil war from 1960 to 1996. The number of people living in poverty in Guatemala has increased 22 per cent in the last 10 years, she said. Around 40 per cent of indigenous peoples live in extreme poverty and more than half of all indigenous children are malnourished. “I am extremely concerned over the increasing inequalities in the country and over the failure of the Government to address structural discrimination and allocate funds to address the grave situation of indigenous peoples,” Tauli-Corpuz said. “The escalating incidence of forced evictions and the abuse of criminal proceedings against indigenous peoples who seek to defend their lands was repeatedly raised as a key concern in the various regions that I visited.

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