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Exp. 00-000543-0007-CO (espanol) (annulling offshore oil exploration license awarded by government) (8 September 2000)

(failure to consult with indigenous people prior to issuing oil concession violates due process, respect for fundamental rights of the indigenous peoples concerned, leaving it impossible to be able to defend the natural environment of their land and their right to act with a guarantee of their quality of life; annulling award of oil concession)

(see November 2000 opinion, which modifies the decision in this case)

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Exp. Nº 4320-P-92 Nº2253-96 (espanol) (indigenous representation on CONAI)

(law constituting board overseeing CONAI is unconstitutional because it is impossible for indigenous peoples have adequate representation that will allow them to effectively influence decisions that will impact them)

EXP.  Nº 4320-P-92 Nº2253-96 SALA CONSTITUCIONAL DE LA CORTE SUPREMA DE JUSTICIA.  San José, a las quince horas treinta y nueve minutos del catorce de mayo de mil novecientos noventa y seis.

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