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A Breakthrough for Sarayaku on Earth Day Weekend

April 23, 2012 | By Liliana M. Peliks

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Last weekend, a delegation from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights visited the Amazon rainforest community of Sarayaku in Ecuador. This official visit will inform the Court's verdict in the still pending case the Kichwa indigenous peoples of this area initiated against Ecuador in 2003.

During this visit, the Judicial Secretary of State of Ecuador, Alexis Mera, voiced to the indigenous community that the Ecuadorean government is willing to sit down, converse, and make amends to repair damages in the community.

Mera's remarks suggest that Ecuador's government acknowledges liability for violation of rights of the people of Sarayaku, thus is seen by some as a truly major breakthrough.

However, José Gualinga, current designated leader representing the affected indigenous community of Sarayaku, affirms that the official case is held by the Inter-American Court, and as soon as a ruling is issued, he will dialogue with the government and other stakeholders to implement the verdict.

This information was sourced from an article published on the Spanish newspaper ABC.es. You can read the piece at length in Spanish here.


On April 22nd, The Pachamama Alliance published on its Facebook page that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights had already ruled in favor of the people of Sarayaku. This information is inaccurate. We apologize for the misleading post.

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