FUNAM warned the government of Jujuy that "if the indigenous communities were to protest during the passage of the competition through Jujuy, they should refrain from repeating the unjustifiable and violent repression that it carried out during the passage of the Dakar 2014." Dr. Raúl Montenegro, president of FUNAM and Alternative Nobel Prize winner, said that officials from Jujuy and the Nation "will be denounced for failing to fulfill their duties." Montenegro considered unacceptable "that the officials of Jujuy and the Nation" shamelessly benefit the Dakar Rally and the French company Amaury Sport, violate an international convention and so grossly disregard the rights of the indigenous communities of the Puna ”. The Jujuy government limited itself to holding informational meetings at the last minute, thus violating Convention 169 and the National Environmental Law.
In Córdoba, the Federal Justice -after a presentation by FUNAM- forced that there be no more secret routes in the Dakar Rally. The Cordovan government has had to communicate them by means of requests and public communications. Córdoba (Argentina), January 13, 2015. The Foundation for the Defense of the Environment (FUNAM), an NGO with consultative status in the United Nations, denounced nationally and internationally that the 2015 Dakar Rally will pass through Salinas Grandes-Guayatayoc, in the province de Jujuy, in open violation of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) as the communities "were never formally consulted or authorized."
. On January 14, the Dakar Rally plans to enter the ancestral territories of the indigenous peoples of the Puna, whose salt flats and high-altitude lagoon show great ecological fragility and very slow processes of environmental recovery. The Jujuy government limited itself to holding informational meetings at the last minute, thus violating Convention 169 and the National Environmental Law. Raúl Montenegro, FUNAM president and Alternative Nobel Prize winner, indicated that the Jujuy government "convened a meeting with the indigenous communities in San Salvador on January 7, days after the Dakar passed through Salinas Grandes and Guayatayoc, without the communities having The Environmental Impact Study was given sufficient advance notice. The minutes of that meeting, certified by the government itself, show that the communities were not formally consulted or gave their authorization for the Dakar. The reading of the minutes outraged by the clumsiness of the officials provincial authorities, but also outrage the serial clumsiness of the nation's Minister of Tourism, Enrique Meyer, the main person in charge of the federal support to that competition. Only the National Ombudsman's Office has tried to protect the rights of indigenous communities, but the competition continues taking place even if it is illegal. "
"The unusual thing - Montenegro added - is that Mr. Roberto Ñancucheo, Director of Indigenous Peoples of the National Environment Secretariat, has known since October 2014 the indigenous protests and the open violation of Convention 169 and the National Environment Law , despite which it did not act then or now to prevent the Dakar Rally from passing through that area of the Puna ". He also argued that "officials from Jujuy and the nation will be denounced for failing to fulfill their duties and being responsible for the damage to people, the environment and cultural heritage."
It is "unacceptable" that the officials of Jujuy and the Nation "not only so blatantly benefit the Dakar Rally and the French company Amaury Sport, but also violate, with total impunity, the environmental laws and the rights of the indigenous communities of the Puna ", emphasized Montenegro. "Convention 169 of the ILO is a norm that is even above national laws. Yet it is violated with total impunity."
FUNAM WARNED THE GOVERNMENT OF JUJUY THAT IT SHOULD NOT REPRESS THE FAIR PROTEST OF THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FUNAM warned the government of Jujuy that "if the indigenous communities were to protest during the passage of the 2015 Dakar Rally in Jujuy, they should refrain from repeating the unjustifiable and violent repression that he carried out during the passage of the Dakar 2014 ". Raúl Montenegro recalled that the "unjust and violent repression led by the Jujuy government during the previous Dakar, in January 2014, has not yet been sufficiently investigated." "It is shameful that governments repress peaceful and well-founded protests, and at the same time violate provincial and national laws so with impunity. It is time for the Dakar scandal to leave Jujuy towards the rest of the world, and for it to be seen as a competition made so that play adventure several hundred fools, mostly Europeans, not only destroys innocent lives, environments and archaeological sites, but tramples with impunity the rights of the indigenous communities of Argentina. All in the name of fun and money. "
SERIOUS DEFEAT OF THE DAKAR RALLY IN CÓRDOBA In the province of Córdoba, Federal Justice, after a presentation by FUNAM, forced that there be no more secret routes in the 2015 Dakar Rally, with which this demand will inevitably be transferred to any new edition of the competition. Fair Judge Alejandro Sánchez Freytes ordered the government of Córdoba to widely inform the community of the precise routes of the competition, which will return to that province on January 16. Due to this order of justice, the Cordovan government has had to communicate the routes through requests and public notices.
Dr. Raúl Montenegro was "satisfied" by this measure and described it as "an important defeat for the French company Amaury Sport, organizer of the Dakar, whose directors - including Etienne Lavigne and David Eli- imposed us, with the consent of officials on duty, colonial rules and violations of constitutional rights ".
Dr. Alejandro Zeverín, FUNAM's sponsoring lawyer, reiterated that "although what the Judge has ordered is for the province of Córdoba, it is unchangeable for this and future editions of the Dakar, and of analogical application in the other provinces" . He added that "if in the other provinces affected by the Dakar Rally their respective governments do not notify the competition routes in good time, citizens and institutions may accuse tourism and environment officials of violation of the duties of public officials.
Said officials will also be jointly and severally liable in the event of accidents involving deaths and injuries, damage to the environment and destruction of property ".
Dr. Raúl Montenegro stated that in Argentina "we need a definitive tool that will transform us into a mature and sovereign country.
We are not against motorsport, but business-competitions such as the Dakar Rally, a current version of the Roman circus that no European country would allow within its territory.
That is why we promoted from FUNAM a bill that prohibits motor vehicle competitions with secret routes and that involve races or cross-country links. "He recalled that in 2014" Ecuador already said no to the Dakar, with which the project of the Dakar del Pacífico and its entry into Colombia fell dramatically, all thanks to the technical reports requested by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism from colleagues in Chile and Peru, and from FUNAM. "THE FEDERAL JUSTICE WILL CONTINUE INVESTIGATING THE PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL OFFICIALS, NOW THE FRENCH RESPONSIBLE FOR AMAURY SPORT, FOR VIOLATION OF CURRENT REGULATIONS At the end of the 2013 Dakar Rally, FUNAM filed a criminal complaint in Federal Justice against provincial and national officials, and against the French organizing company, Amaury Sports.
"This case continues in Federal Court No. 1", indicated Dr. Alejandro Zeverín, sponsoring attorney, "and Raúl Montenegro has been accepted to act as plaintiff."
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