Amnesty International Canada | Blog Victory for Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples in struggle over oil development Posted by: Craig Benjamin 27 July 2012 10:15 am


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Victory for Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples in struggle over oil development

Posted by: Craig Benjamin
27 July 2012 10:15 am

“The Sarayaku are extremely satisfied with this victory, reached thanks to the efforts of our people and the help and solidarity of organizations devoted to the rights of Indigenous Peoples” – Sarayaku leader José Gualinga.

A regional court has ruled that the government of Ecuador violated the human rights of the Indigenous Sarayaku people by allowing oil development on their land without a rigourous prior consultation process.

According to media reports, the government of Ecuador has publicly committed to comply with this ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

This important victory comes after more than ten years of struggle by the Sarayaku people. It comes at a key moment when Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas are being denied the right to have their voice heard in decisions over large-scale resource development projects with the potential to threaten their very survival.

News release

Photo: Sarayaku President José Gualinga speaks before the Inter-American Court. © Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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