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Asia Cement Corporation to Hold Consulting Hearings Pursuant to Article 21 of Indigenous Peoples Basic Law as CIP Hopes for Speedy Resolution of Mining Disputes

  • 更新時間:2020/08/26 15:18:40

June 22, 2020—The Asia Cement Corporation issued a press release today promising to consult the indigenous peoples and obtain their consent to the company’s mining rights in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law. The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) is hopeful that a consensus between the company and the indigenous peoples could be on the horizon.

According to the CIP, the Asia Cement Corporation was granted a 20-year extension of its mining rights at Taroko by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, a decision that angered the residents of Bsngan community, who argued that local indigenous peoples should be consulted on the decision pursuant to the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law. However, the current Mining Act and its related enforcement rules do not contain any stipulations that require the consent of indigenous peoples for the extension of mining rights.

CIP Minister Icyang Parod commended Asia Cement Corporation for implementing the informed consent procedure even as efforts to amend the Mining Act are still under way. Mr. Icyang hopes that the company will continue to work with local indigenous communities to resolve the dispute.

Contact: Lowking Tasaw (specialist)

Telephone: (02) 8995-3300