Standing for the Rights of Indigenous People
We provide legal training and consulting on indigenous peoples’ collective and legal rights under local, national and international law.
Informing Historic Legal Action
Our work in Ecuador has been instrumental in the ability of indigenous communities throughout the Amazon region to effectively defend their rights, as evidenced by historic legal cases, and illegal acts including:
- The 2011 ruling against Chevron Texaco that awarded $9.5 billion in reparations for the cleanup of 18 billion gallons of oil contamination in the rainforest
- A victory in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that ruled that the State of Ecuador was responsible for violating the rights of the indigenous Kichwa people of Sarayaku by initiating oil development in their territory without first executing free, prior, and informed consultation with the community.
- The Condor-Mirador Mine Case that affects 25,000 acres in biodiverse tropical forest of the Condor Highland that included indigenous territory
- Failure of Ecuador’s government to obtain free prior and informed consultation from indigenous communities prior to the XI Oil Round auctioning off ten million acres that encompasses indigenous territory in the south-central region of the Amazon