O direito ao consentimento livre, prévio e informado dos povos indígenas | Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) Skip to content Skip to navigation
09 de Julio de 2012

By Joelson Cavalcante, legal counsel of AIDA

The right to consent of indigenous peoples enshrined in international law, remains to be clarified and implementation in the Brazilian legislation.Credit: Vivo Xingú

The Convention no. 169 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which was ratified by Brazil in 2002 is presented as a new reference standard in cases constitutional, legislative and institutional reform that presence in the region .

Thus, indigenous peoples have used to support their demands, such as the reference to legislative changes in line with the international obligations of States on the rights of indigenous people.

The Inter-American Commission has also emphasized the importance of the consultation process is the protection granted to other rights. So speaks the right of indigenous peoples to be consulted about decisions that may affect them. In this sense, the state must respect, protect and promote the traditions and customs of indigenous and tribal peoples.

Similarly, the free, prior and informed should be culturally appropriate, taking into account the language, cultural identity and traditions d the people involved .

In addition, consultations around projects affecting the territorial integrity of indigenous peoples are of particular importance, given the special relationship that these people enjoy their land.

The right to consent is linked to the right to participation enshrined in Article 23 of the American Convention, as interpreted by the Inter-American Court in the case Yatama Vs. Nicaragua . Thus, indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision making on matters that affect their ways of being and living.

In the same way that relates to the right to cultural identity, as this may be affected by such decisions.

The Brazilian Constitution of 1988 ensures the protection of indigenous peoples, in Article 231, recognizing their social organization, customs, languages, beliefs and traditions, and the s rights to the lands they traditionally occupy.

No doubt that states should give an effective practical implementation of the constitutional, legal and regulatory its national law in order to enshrine the rights of indigenous peoples to enjoy their rights .

In this sense, it is understood that the regulation of this law shall be made ​​through a broad process of indigenous participation in accordance with rules and procedures agreed with the indigenous peoples and their representative organizations.

The government should ensure sufficient time for discussion, reflection and deliberation on the subject. So, should ensure sufficient information appropriate and timely for the process to consult to, as well as the resources needed for its realization.

For all that, the consent procedures, prior and informed should be regulated by Brazilian law for the rights of indigenous peoples can be adequately observed.

Inter-American Court of Human Derechos if Yatama Vs. Nicaragua

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Joelson Cavalcante

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