Peru’s law wins praise from U.N. secretary general

Perú has adopted a law similar to that of Costa Rica in which governments and private companies are obligated to consult native communities before going ahead with major projects such as mines that affect them.

U.S. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday commended Peru’s recent adoption of the laws.

The law was adopted unanimously last month by the Andean country’s congress and subsequently promulgated by President Ollanta Humala.

The new law has already been welcomed by James Anaya, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. He has visited Costa Rica most recently to study the relationship of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad with the native Costa Ricans who would be affected by a major hydro project in the southern part of the country.

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