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victory for the million of the Pygmies after the vote, Wednesday by the National Assembly, a bill that devotes positive discrimination in favor of indigenous peoples formerly marginalized. From free care to the costs of justice or even to those of secondary education, the bill still has to go through the Senate for a second reading before being promulgated by President Felix Tshisekedi. But the initiators of the text are optimistic for the next steps.
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with our correspondent in Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
It is optimism fed by the deputy Rubin Rachidi, a project defender in the hemicycle. The crowning also of a work of more than 10 years, a long-term fight for the NGO, the dynamics of the groups of indigenous peoples (DGPA), of which Patrick Saidi is the coordinator.
"A hard advocacy, where it was necessary to demonstrate that in our country, the Pygmy indigenous peoples were not included in the vulnerable groups were crossing situations that required the legislator to take action, this action today Hui has just been taken through this law that has been adopted unanimously ".
of the, only one opposed without advancing his reasons. It is true that the law grants expensive benefits to the Pygmies: free care, secondary school without charge ... It is also expected that the Pygmies benefit from court services for free. Patrick Saidi, account on the exterior supports.
"We know that on these issues, we NGOs and all these international organizations accompany us, we also put a budget to support the State in the expenses that are his, it's a restorative law in my opinion suites. The injustice that Pygmy indigenous peoples have suffered for centuries, it is also a law that has development germs ".
For this law, it is expected that a national fund for the development of Pygmies is created for the implementation of the text. In the country, many laws are voted without being applied for lack of financial means.
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