I have been doing a little research on this subject of Greenlandic law. This document helps to explain why Niels Madsen and his Union believed that he was acting within the laws of Greenland on August 16th, 2007.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that I am very new to these issues, so I do not claim to be 100% correct. But it seemed important to me that there be some information on Greenlandic law on fairjewelry.org, which is now serving as the main English based resource for these issues. ~ Marc Choyt, Publisher
Section 32 of the Mineral Resources Act of Greenland (1999), in its entirety:
The resident population of Greenland may as hitherto collect and extract mineral resources without this requiring a license under this Act.
The right under subsection 1 (above) to collect and extract mineral resources can, however, only be exercised with respect of exclusive licenses for exploitation of mineral resources granted to others under this Act.
Within the precincts of a municipality, the local council may lay down detailed rules of the exercise of the right under subsection 1 to collect and extract mineral resources.
The good people of Fiskenaesset have already “voted with their feet” for the Greenlander’s rights to collect and economically prosper when they crossed the line in the sand at a town hall meeting attended by Mr. Greg Valerio on 29 June 2008.
Please bear in mind that:
To add insult to injury, The BMP arbitrarily denied the application for an export license by Madsen in August and September 2007, without just cause or due process. Supposedly, Madsen’s error was to say that he intended to export to a long-standing member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).
On 28 August 2007, the Board of the ICA then filed a letter of formal protest against the BMP for their illegitimate treatment of their member in good standing, and further against the BMP for their inappropriate and unacceptable conduct towards the native artisanal gemstone miners on Greenland.