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Peru’s Balancing Act: Indigenous Rights and Economic Development

Bolivia Ecuador Peru Peru’s Balancing Act: Indigenous Rights and Economic Development

Andean protesters shout slogans against the government in Lima (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Courtesy Reuters). Andean protesters shout slogans against the government in Lima (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Courtesy Reuters). Last month Peruvian President Ollanta Humala signed the popular consultation law, approved unanimously by Congress in August. This new law will require all public and private investors to consult local indigenous groups if and when their activities may affect their communities or ancestral lands. This is an important democratic step forward, reaching out to citizens who have for years been left out of the political process. In Latin America more broadly, incorporating indigenous communities into politics is a key challenge for consolidating democracy.

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