The indigenous Pemón community issued a communiqué rejecting the installation and imposition of the Venezuelan Mining Corporation on their territory and reaffirmed their commitment to protect, defend and guarantee the collective rights of the community.
In the document, the Pemón indigenous community denounced the failure to comply with the consultation process of the communities, as well as the violation of ecological principles and respect for the territory.
“We are concerned about the fact that during 20 years of transition to a more just and democratic society, it has not been possible to displace or break with a corrupt and discredited elite. There are no channels of political communication with the majority of the indigenous population,” he said.
The Pemón people reiterated the importance of promoting and formalizing mining activities in protected areas including Canaima National Park, as well as the implementation of public policies that foster disunity among the various communities by weakening the organizational structures of the indigenous communities.
“We demand that all actors and government entities fully comply with the provisions of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela regarding Free, Informed, and Prior Consultation, respecting the inter-cultural criteria of, good faith, and ancestral customs,” he stated.
The Orinoco Mining Arc has destroyed the territory of the indigenous communities, increasing the contamination and pollution of the ecosystem as well as the militarization of the indigenous territories and the presence of irregular armed groups in their habitats. Indigenous peoples have not only seen their quality of life diminished, but have also seen their constitutional rights to their territory confiscated.