The Legal Situation
In accordance with the Indigenous Act of 1977:
"The indigenous reserves are unalienable and unprescriptable,
non-transferrable and exclusively for the indigenous communities
that inhabit them" (Article 3).
As the situation in Rey Curré demonstrates, no government
has put this law into practice.
In 1992, Costa Rica signed Convention 169 of the International
Labour Organization (OIT). This convention established that
the government must "consult with the interested
people, through appropriate procedures and in particular through
their representative institutions, every time they anticipate
legistlative or administrative measures capable of directly affecting
The works mentioned in the section About
Rey Curré have been undertaken without prior consultation
with the people they affected.