This Saturday, April 21, a delegation from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IA Court) will visit the Kichwa People of Sarayaku to verify the places where the events occurred and collect additional evidence. It is the first time in the history of the Inter-American Court that a visit of this nature is made to an Amazonian indigenous people.
Sarayaku will receive the Inter-American Court before the judgment of the case is handed down, which is in its final stage after 9 years. The lawsuit was brought before the Inter-American Human Rights System since 2003, after the Ecuadorian State granted a concession to block 23 in favor of the Argentine company Compañía General de Combustibles (CGC) without any process of information, consultation or request for consent from the People of Sarayaku for carrying out oil activities in their territory.
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