Does the request for forgiveness serve native peoples?

Does the request for forgiveness serve native peoples?

By Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén

And the indigenous peoples reacted to the touch: words are not enough! Because words, in this system, is cheap merchandise.

However, this act has enormous significance. Nobody, personally, and even more so if we speak of nation states, finds it easy to admit iniquities or atrocities that they have committed.

FORGIVENESS, from the political point in which it is expressed when speaking of the relationship with pre-existing nations, is not only a redemptive act. It is the recognition of a damage caused and a responsibility for that damage caused, which requires a REPAIR policy.

The organized world in the United Nations system recognizes the right to reparation for the crimes of slavery, colonialism and looting of cultural heritage. These crimes are considered as crimes against humanity and therefore do not prescribe in time. This is one of the strongest conclusions that have emerged lately. Therefore, these crimes are subject to the right to repair the damages caused by their material authors or by their historical followers.

Thus, the duty to process, punish or repair damages under international law initially rests with the State in whose territory those damages have been committed. And it includes measures of a cultural, political, territorial and economic nature.

This was explained by the PLURINATIONAL COUNCIL to President Kirchner in a meeting held within the framework of the Bicentennial of the so-called May Revolution and expressed in the “Bicentennial Document. There it was written: "It is required to create a Permanent Special Fund (Trust Fund) to have a sufficient budget to allow the implementation of the Life Plans that each People will define in their territories (Development from Identity)."

The Special Fund for Historical Repair for the implementation of the Community Life Plan requires that it be backed by National Law, to free it from the pressures and manipulation of the conjunctural administrations, and will have the resources assigned by the general budget for the national public administration or any other entity that is established in the future, we explained.

The creation of this Special Fund must have the character of being a measure that advances towards the historical reparation, by the Argentine State, of the genocide, persecution, mistreatment, discrimination and, mainly, of the undue appropriation of the violently occupied indigenous territories.

States like Canada, Bolivia, Venezuela, Australia, interpreting the feelings and thoughts of the new generations, generated historical reparation events from the REQUEST FOR FORGIVENESS to the different pre-existing native peoples, seeking to heal still bleeding wounds.

There is no doubt, then, that a REQUEST FOR FORGIVENESS has implications for Indigenous Peoples that go far beyond a symbolic act, rhetoric or Christian redemption and can become an urgent step that can pay off years of pain and oppression.

Source: Facebook page of the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén:

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