COPMAGUACoalition of Mayan People's Organizations
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Leonardo Cabrera, a member of the commission on derecho indigena in COPMAGUA, explained the differences between it and "official" justice in this way: "State law is written, onerous, it is not consensual, it focuses on punishment rather than reparation, it is rigid, disintegrative, and requires endless paperwork; while indigenous law is oral, is not onerous, is consensual, preventative, flexible, and seeks to maintain family and communal unity, moreover, it is quick." (53) Recognizing derecho consuetudinario became a major component of what people began to call poder local (local power) and proposals for doing so were present, in a diluted form, in the constitutional reforms that failed in 1999.
Indeed, 150 Maya organizations created a Maya coalition (known by its Spanish acronym COPMAGUA) that mobilized and forced the signing of an agreement on indigenous rights and identity in March 1995 (Otzoy, 1996).
However, the text of the agreement was taken from a set of proposals drawn up by COPMAGUA, the umbrella group representing Mayan peoples in the Assembly of Civil Society.