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The Sarayaku and the Inter-American System on Human Rights: Justice for the “Medio Dia” People and their Living Jungle

Mario Melo Cevallos | November 23, 2016

In this text, Mario Melo Cevallos, lawyer of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, tells the story of resistance and mobilization of the indigenous people in the face of State plans to exploit the oil that was in the heart of the Amazon.

 

How was it possible for an indigenous people in the middle of the Amazon to protect their life and territory from oil exploitation? What was the response of the Government of Ecuador to the claims of the Sarayaku people? How do you develop a human rights strategy at different geographic levels? In this text, Mario Melo Cevallos, lawyer of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, addresses these questions by presenting his version of the story of resistance and mobilization of the indigenous people before the plans of the State to exploit the oil that was in the heart of the Amazon.

 


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