The eviction of the Kono Ju Indian farm canceled

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The Civil, Labor and Family Court of the Buenos Aires canton of Puntarenas temporarily suspended this Friday the possession or eviction of several indigenous people on a farm within the territory of China Kichá.

The Public Force requested this Thursday, September 24, the judge processing the eviction to suspend the action, in order to provide a comprehensive approach to the situation because the eviction would affect minors and older adults, in addition to the national emergency that The country lives for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faced with this situation of social vulnerability, the judge ordered reports to the National Children’s Trust (PANI) and the National Council for the Elderly (CONAPAM) on the condition of these populations.

The Vice Minister of the Presidency in Citizen Dialogue, Randall Otárola, who has followed up and coordinated institutional actions to address the situation in the indigenous territory, indicated that “this space will allow a comprehensive approach from the Costa Rican institutions to protect the human rights of the indigenous people and serve the most vulnerable populations, ”explained Otárola.

The deputy minister reiterated the call for all parties to participate in the Plan for the Recovery of Indigenous Lands (RTI Plan) of the Rural Development Institute.

In a resolution of the Agrarian Court, it orders the possession of the property known as Kono Ju in favor of non-indigenous people, for the “protection of productive agricultural activity”, even though it recognizes that the property in conflict is within a territory indigenous.

This decision is part of a judicial process initiated before the de facto recovery carried out in May of the previous year by a group of indigenous Cabécares from said territory. Faced with this process, in which the Executive Power is not a party, the definition of the possession of property is the power of the Judicial Power, so any decision cannot be interfered with by any institution outside this power.

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