Forced Labour and Servitude of Guarani Men and Women United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

39 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2011 Last revised: 17 Nov 2013

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Isabel Ortiz

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO); Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Date Written: July 20, 2009

Abstract

This report, undertaken under the mandate of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and at the request of the Government of Bolivia, concludes: (i) the existence of forced labour and servitude of GuaranĂ­ men and women; (ii) the existence of child labour and other violations of the rights of the child, such as sexual abuse of GuaranĂ­ girls; (iii) inadequate working conditions; (iv) restrictions on freedom of association and movement; (v) systematic violence against indigenous peoples; (vi) inability to obtain identification documents and consequent exclusion from state allowances, such as the Renta Digna pension for senior citizens or the Juancito Pinto school vouchers, as well as other obstacles to the exercise of citizenship, particularly the right to vote; (vii) discrimination, lack of access to justice and lack of impartiality of the judicial system and of regional public administration; (viii) lack of legal security in respect of land ownership, be it collective or individual plots; deprivation of territory, lands and resources; inequitable land ownership; (ix) little or no indigenous participation in decision-making bodies, especially at the departmental and municipal levels; and (x) food insecurity in GuaranĂ­ communities.

Keywords: Forced Labour, Human Rights, Indigenous Populations

JEL Classification: I30, J7, Z00

Suggested Citation

Ortiz, Isabel, Forced Labour and Servitude of Guarani Men and Women United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (July 20, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1814261 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1814261

Isabel Ortiz (Contact Author)

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Initiative for Policy Dialogue ( email )

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