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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Ecuador: Indigenous people demand to protect forest from mining

Quito ( Associated Press) — Fifty indigenous people protested in front of the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, demanding that the government protect the forest in compliance with court rulings against the advancement of mining and oil companies.

Between cries for justice and action, and songs and dances in their native languages, the men and women of the Cofan Sinago and Waorani communities – thousand-year-old inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest – began to take effective decisions by the authorities to prevent the exploitation of resources. called upon. ,

Vidar Guaramag, president of the Cinango community, said during the measure that we demand the reversal of concessions—52 mining and an oil block according to official figures—and comprehensive reparations because they say they get food from fishing in the Aguarico River. Huh. ,

“We’ve always fished there, if those foods, those fish are contaminated by mining, we’re directly affected,” he said.

After lengthy trials in various courts, eventually the Provincial Court of Sucumbios Province and the Court of Pasta Province consistently ruled in recent years in favor of the Kofan and Waorani indigenous peoples and against extraction activities in thousands of hectares of rain forest. ,

Such sentences set the responsibility of the State of Ecuador in violation of these indigenous communities’ right to prior free and informed consultation and self-determination, and ordered compensatory measures for those affected, which is still pending.

Gaba Guiquita of the Waorani ethnic group assured that they are still waiting for the results after years of struggle. “Today we raise our voice loudly, because we want to be healthy in our territories, the state harmed us because it does not respect our decisions and enters our territory.”

Ecuador derives about 30% of its fiscal revenue from oil activity and there is increasing mining activity in mines in other regions of the country, leading to exports of about $3,000 million per year, particularly from the south from gold mines, copper and from other minerals. According to officials, the Andean country.

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