Platform of Demands of the Seventh Indigenous March of the Indigenous Peoples of the Bolivian East, Chaco, and Amazon

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Platform of Demands of the Seventh Indigenous March of the Indigenous Peoples of the Bolivian East, Chaco, and Amazon  (2010) 
by Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia, translated by Carwil James

Platform of Demands of the Seventh Indigenous March of the Indigenous Peoples of the Bolivian East, Chaco, and Amazon[edit]

This platform is a compact summary of the principal demands of the Indigenous Peoples who are on the Seventh Great Indigenous March for Territory, Autonomy, and the Defense of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  1. We demand the conclusion of the titling and securing [saneamiento] of all Indigenous Territories (TCOs), and attention to the demand of the Ayoreo people to guarantee the territory of uncontacted Ayoreos. As well, we urge the removal of unauthorized, illegal third parties [terceros illegals] from our territories by the end of the year.
  2. The Government of the Plurinational State ought to guarantee that Indigenous Territories are respected in agrarian legislation. As well, the government should guarantee that the category of TIOC [Territorio Indígena Originario Campesino; Indigenous Originary Peasant Territory, which replaces the prior term TCO —trans.] not be interpreted as co-ownership between indigenous and campesino groups over TCOs. (TIOCs should have as their the sole titleholders of the right to collective property the Indigenous Peoples who demand them, to this end, this expression and its recognition ought to be recovered in the laws which are elaborated in fulfillment of the Constitution.)
  3. We demand the immediate reversion and expropriation of [indigenous —tr] lands and the transfer of fiscal territories (territories held by the federal government) to the local indigenous peoples, who lack land or do not have enough.
  4. We demand that forest, mining, and other concessions that affect indigenous peoples and their territories be annulled.
  5. We demand the immediate approval of the Supreme Decrees which the government has promised to guarantee the integrity of TCOs.
  6. We demand that the Framework Law on Autonomies and Decentralization (LMAD) should include the proposals of indigenous peoples worked out through CIDOB.
  7. The LMAD draft should guarantee that indigenous peoples have access to autonomy without restriction as to their number of inhabitants, measurement of their capacities, or other restrictions that block access to autonomy. Indigenous peoples' own norms should be respected in this process and the referendum should not imposed as a mechanism of decision. As well, indigenous territories that have been consolidated as territorial units should be respected, and their capacity to assume indigenous autonomy acknowledged, without a new law that requires them to detour through a new process of boundary setting in accordance with municipal jurisdiction. State resources should be guaranteed for indigenous entities to assume all the responsibilities assumed in their statutes of autonomy, rather than a gradual transfer of these capacities as the Ministry of Autonomies proposes. The rights of self-identification and of self-naming should be respected in naming territories and their autonomies.
  8. President Evo Morales and the government as a whole must respect the right to consultation that indigenous peoples have, as guaranteed by the Constitution, ILO Convention 169, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other laws of the state.
  9. We demand that the Indigenous Originary Campesino Development Fund, the UPRE, and other ministries should immediately proceed to approve the projects presented by indigenous peoples.
  10. We demand that Government should fully fund the implementation of the Indigenous Territorial Management (GTI) in all titled Indigenous Territories, as a means to advance towards indigenous autonomy.
  11. We demand of the government of the Plurinational state: All Discussion Drafts of Laws [called Anteproyectos —trans.] that affect indigenous peoples should be consulted and elaborated in coordination and consensus with their representative organizations that make up parts of CIDOB before they are presented to the Plurinational Legislative branch.
  12. Revision and modification of the Electoral Regime Law, presented by the Plurinational Legislative branch, which limits the participation of indigenous peoples in the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, leaving us almost without representation, and which ignores our community democracy (recognized by the constitution and currently in force) for the proposal, election, designation or nomination of our representatives in the Legislative Assembly, and thereby submits us once again to the manipulation of political parties and of the universal vote. Further, this proposed Law should not define either the reach or procedures of our Right to Consultation, which should be covered by another, specific law.
  13. We demand that authorities from indigenous peoples be designated in all structures of the plurinational government, proposed by way of CIDOB and its regional organizations.

Long live the Seventh Great Indigenous March for Territory, Autonomy, and the Defense of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Until the final victory.

[Signed and stamped by representatives of regional federations of lowland indigenous peoples and of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia]

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