Sarayaku case: on February 20 the removal of the explosives will be defined.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A new meeting took place in the Government of Pastaza on Friday, January 11, 2013 to follow up on the Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued in favor of Sarayaku on June 25, 2012.

Officially convened by the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Cults, delegates from the Original Kichwa People of Sarayaku along with his defense attorney, Mario Melo, and state institutions such as the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of the Interior through the Intervention and Rescue Group (GIR), the Ministry of Non-Renewable Resources, ECORAE, among others.

During the day, the Sarayaku People's delegation listened to the presentation of the options proposed by the GIR, for the neutralization, deactivation or removal of the pentolite that was abandoned in the Sarayaku territory by the CGC oil company between 2002 and 2003, the same that will be studied by the People for subsequent observations and counterproposals. In any of the cases, these options must be consulted and agreed with Sarayaku as ordered by the Court in its sentence.

In accordance with its ancestral governance structure, on February 20, 2013, an assembly will be held in the Casa del Medio Día of the People of Sarayaku, with the presence of the officially appointed state portfolios, in which the wise men, yachaks, kurakas, leaders of the Sarayaku People.

However –warned José Gualinga, Tayak Apu of the Kichwa Native People of Sarayaku after the diligence was completed– a deep contradiction is evident since the almost ton and a half of pentolite that was placed by the CGC company for the seismic exploration of Block 23, Now it is about extracting to comply with the Court's ruling, in the midst of technical difficulties, high costs and risks to life, while simultaneously a new tender for oil blocks has been opened in the same Region, so that other companies arrive and plant explosives in the territory of the indigenous nationalities.

Referring to the prior consultation that the Ecuadorian government claims to have carried out with the indigenous peoples affected by the South East Round of oil bidding, Dr. Mario Melo, Sarayaku's lawyer, stated: “in my professional opinion, the socialization that the National Government does not comply with the legal standards established in the judgment of the Sarayaku case. The consultations carried out by the Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons are based on Decree 1247, which was not prepared with the participation of the indigenous communities, which imposes a single procedure without respecting the traditional methods of the peoples for decision-making, which does not seek to reach a agreement or consent of those consulted and that it is not in good faith because it is not based on the delivery of objective and true information on the impacts that the 11th will have. Oil Round on nature and the life of the affected peoples. Therefore, these queries are null.

If there is a real state will to comply with the Judgment, it is time to stop the XI Oil Round, among other critical points, due to the amount of explosives that are intended to be placed during the exploration phases - inferred Franco Viteri, President of CONFENIAE, after ratifying the unconditional support for the People of Sarayaku–



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