Redemption and ILO Convention 169: The ILO Committee of Experts and the Guatemala Cement Mining Case
10 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2017
Date Written: June 1, 2010
In February 2010, the Committee of Experts of the International Labor Organization found the Government of Guatemala to have violated ILO Convention 169 on the Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples and instructed the Government of Guatemala to immediately suspend mining activities carried out by Cementos Progreso in Guatemala. This paper will discuss the controversial negotiation and implementation of ILO Convention 169, explain the role of the Committee of Experts in monitoring application of ILO Conventions, provide some background about the Cementos Progreso case and outline the findings of the ILO Committee of Experts in response to indigenous Guatemalans' complaints about the actions of their Government and Cementos Progreso.
Keywords: ILO Committee of Experts, Guatemala, Mining, ILO Convention 169, Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Rights Law
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