Our Latest Campaign
are starting a new letter-writing campaign and hope you will be able to help
us. In 2007, the then president of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner initiated a
process whereby all the lands occupied by Argentina’s indigenous peoples would
be fairly and legally demarcated. Thus, a decree was enacted in 2008, which
foresaw the completion of this process within three years. The process was to
be supervised by INAI (National Institute of Indigenous Affairs).
then the process has stalled. The threats against indigenous lands however,
have not lessened – indeed they are greater now than at any time in Chacolinks’
existence. We would therefore ask you to write to the current president, Cristina
Fernández de Kirchner, to protest at the slowness of the demarcation process,
and to ask her to speed it up.
have prepared a draft letter for you to use. If you prefer, you can use it as
the basis for your own wording. Please be polite. The letterhead gives the
address for the Argentine President. Please also include your address in the
letter, so you can get a reply. From the UK, you will need a £1 stamp. If you
can, please send a copy (with a brief covering note) to the Argentine Embassy
as well. The address is given below. For those supporters outside the UK,
please check your own national Embassy address.
Embassy of the
65 Brook Street,
London W1K 4AH, UK
S.E. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Presidente de la República Argentina
1064 Buenos Aires, Argentina
I am writing to ask
that you take urgent action to speed up the process of demarcation of indigenous
lands in Argentina.
In 2007, your late
husband, President Nestor Kirchner introduced a law committing the nation of
Argentina to the demarcation of all traditional territories of the country’s
indigenous peoples, to be completed within three years. Thus, in 2008, decree
1122/08 was enacted in order to regulate the implementation of Law 26-160,
under the aegis of INAI (Instituto Nacional de Asuntos Indigenas).
Since 2008, the process appears to have stalled. Delay here
means that justice is denied for the indigenous peoples of Argentina. Their
rights are being neglected, despite the protection granted them by Constitution
I am a supporter of Chacolinks, and am particularly
concerned with the Wichí inhabitants of Salta Province. In the years since
2007, persistent and continued encroachment onto their lands has taken place.
Illegal felling of indigenous forest and theft of timber is rife. This requires
urgent action on demarcation, which will give proper protection to all of
Argentina’s indigenous population.
The livelihood of the Wichí is threatened; they are left
with few resources whilst large companies exploit their forests. We urgently
ask you to accelerate the process of demarcation and to ensure that the
legitimate rights of the inhabitants of Argentina’s indigenous communities are
respected. Please make sure that the process does not fail.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours respectfully and sincerely,
[Your name here]