Monday, 21 May 2012

Looking for a Samaritan

I am embarking myself in a new research involving the protection of handicraft in Colombia.  I am aware of the Decision 486 regarding the protection of Geographical Indication and also the registration of Collective marks but I am looking for any other type of legislation that could help me with a particular point: the protection of cultural heritage and thus, indigenous peoples’ rights. It is my understanding that Colombia has ratified the ILO Convention No 169 BUT, has this changed or helped in any way the protection of indigenous heritage? I have also read that Colombia does have national legislation recognizing and protecting ethnic and cultural diversity – can anyone address me to this national legislation and/or any other that can be of help? Remember the point I am trying to research is the protection of handicraft (through IP) and indigenous peoples.

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