Native Costa Ricans going to court to force state to act

Native Costa Ricans from the Talamanca are going to court to demand that the government return to them land that is within the bounds of their reserve.

Involved are some 6,000 hectares, about 15,000 acres.

The 1997 law creating the reserve says that non-natives who own property within the boundaries will be relocated or compensated for the loss of their land. The government has not done so. Native spokesmen say that others have entered the land illegally since the reserve was created.

Some expats own land there, and Kekoldi natives have been
detained in protests at the properties.

The case today is in the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo.

This is just one complaint. The allegations that the state has not lived up to the agreement are also put forth by other native groups involving their reserves.

The situation is similar to a law that enlarged a national park on the Pacific coast so that homes owned by expats were placed in limbo because the state declined to compensate them or even take the property.

One owner is involved in an international arbitration.

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