Published Monday, August 13, 2019

The indigenous Ngäbe de Sixaola cross-border population, made up of about 3,000 people.
/  Ministry of Culture courtesy

President signed the law of recognition of
care to the indigenous community

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado signed the law of recognition of members of indigenous communities as Costa Ricans citizens.

The law is known as "Protection of the right to Costa Rican nationality of the cross-border indigenous persons and guarantee of integration of the cross-border indigenous person."

"Today we commit to guarantee the right of all peoples to self-determination," said President Alvarado. "the Government role is to facilitate and implement the process to allow them (referring to the indigenous community) to determine their political condition freely and freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development."

The law will allow the processes for the recognition of the nationality of the indigenous Ngäbe de Sixaola* cross-border population, made up of about 3,000 people living in the canton of Talamanca.

Also, the decree will help the community maintain its legacy through the genealogical patterns for the preservation of their customs, traditions, and culture.

According to the government, this law was developed based on a process of consultation with the indigenous community.

"During the first step, the documents were translated into the Ngäbe language and sent to the communities so they could do an analysis," said Deputy Enrique Sánchez, who presented the bill to the Legislative Assembly. "then, with the support of the University of Costa Rica team, several work sessions were held in different parts of the community where hundreds of people talking about issues and how they could be resolved by having a nationality."

"The bill is a significant step for us, and we appreciate being here to celebrate it," said Eusebio Julián, leader of the Ngäbe people.

Additionally, the decree of interest of the Bröran database refers to the registration of the genealogical patterns of the Bröran people, with the technical support of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

The celebration of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples began in Costa Rica since 1995. The goal is to recognize indigenous communities, their traditions, values, languages, customs, and the contribution they have provided in the national culture.

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