"These actions constitute a flagrant violation of the rights of the Sarayaku people, and of the sentence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that ruled in favor of our people," said Jose Gualinga, President (Tayak Apu) of Sarayaku.
TAYAK APU President of Sarayaku
For more information, contact: José Gualinga, President, Sarayaku (593-8) 329-2734, tayjasaruta(at)sarayaku(dot)com
In photo, above: Humberto Cholango, President of Ecuador's national indigenous federation CONAIE; José Gualinga, President of Sarayaku, and Sabino Gualinga, Kichwa spiritual elder (L to R) in front of the Inter-American Court, July 2011.
Led by Jose Gualinga, Sarayaku President, and joined by Shuar congressional member Pepe Acacho, Sarayaku hailed their precedent-setting victory and warned the government that time was running out to comply with the verdict.
Gualinga opened the press conference and addressed the current political climate in Ecuador for indigenous peoples.
"We are from Sarayaku, Kichwa from the Amazon," Jose explained to the crowd and police that had gathered.
Following the verdict, Sarayaku's president, José Gualinga, stated, "Sarayaku welcomes this victory, gained through the efforts of its people and the support of allied people and organizations committed to the rights of indigenous peoples."
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