9 Aug 2005

Rapa Nui people to lobby Chile over planned island statute

3:52 pm on 9 August 2005

The people of Rapa Nui or Easter Island who are pushing for greater autonomy plan to lobby politicians in Chile for greater invovlement in the decision-making process.

The Chilean government is considering new laws which aim to help preserve the indigenous culture by limiting migration and will also include provisions for greater local involvement in the administration of the Polynesian island.

But local representative, Erity Teave, says the plans do not go far enough.

"When the executive, the president presents his project to the parliament, we, a group, a number of people, will go to Santiago to work on the issue to oppose this special statute."

Erity Teave who is fighting for greater autonomy for the Chilean island of Rapa Nui