Tijuana City Council prepares first protocol for the protection of indigenous people in migration

With the participation of different Central American countries a forum will be held to discuss issues related to indigenous and migrants' rights

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Authorities of the Coordination of Attention to Indigenous Peoples (CAPI), are working on the elaboration of the first Protocol of Protection to Indigenous in Migratory context, which will promote the recognition, preservation and defense of the rights and culture of national and foreign indigenous peoples as its main objective.

The purpose of this initiative is to lay the groundwork for migrant shelters to train staff to identify indigenous people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica or Panama, or from any other place, and to raise awareness so that they can provide care in accordance with the needs of each group.

In order to carry out the protocol, a forum will be held with the participation of different Central American countries in which issues concerning the protection and defense of the human rights of these communities will be addressed.

The coordinator of Attention to Indigenous Peoples, Lourdes Ramírez Martínez, explained that through the Network of Indigenous Women of Central America, of which she is a member, virtual talks were initiated to develop the project, which will be the first of its kind in the country.

"The Regulation for the Protection of Indigenous Rights and Culture of Tijuana stipulates that all the indigenous population, whether from the country or any other, must be accommodated. For this reason, with the protocol we intend to raise awareness and work with the migrant shelters that serve the indigenous population, so that they know how to identify a Misquito or Lenca indigenous person, who are from Honduras, to a Mayan Cachiquel, because they do not know," she indicated.

The official explained that in coordination with the Direction of Attention to Migrants, the Secretariat of Social Welfare and the Network of Indigenous Women of Central America, a document that will contain the characteristics of each indigenous people in order to know their normative system, their languages and customs is being prepared.

By training and sensibilizing the personnel of the shelters, indigenous people will be cared for in an environment of respect for their rights and will be protected from any act of discrimination to which they may be subjected to.

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