Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 12.COM 8.C.11

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/17/12.COM/8.c,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision 6.COM 8.20,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Peru for submitting its report on the status of the element ‘Eshuva, Harákmbut sung prayers of Peru’s Huachipaire people’, inscribed in 2011 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the continued efforts undertaken by Peru to safeguard the element through the registration, inventorying and promotion of Eshuva songs as well as the revitalization of the Huachipaire language and the creation of a space for the transmission of the practice;
  5. Welcomes with satisfaction the involvement of the community concerned in the identification and implementation of the safeguarding measures and the resulting awareness and commitment of the community;
  6. Encourages the State Party to continue to work with and support the safeguarding and transmission actions of the Huachipaire communities and their representative associations by allocating appropriate financial resources to this end;
  7. Invites the State Party to strengthen its efforts to encourage the revitalization of the Huachipaire language and its transmission to young generations, in particular by supporting an intercultural and/or bilingual approach in local educational institutions and providing intercultural exchange spaces for children, thus contributing to combatting ethnic tensions that distance young people in the native communities from their mother tongue;
  8. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2019 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.