July 18, 2011: ECUADOR: Case of The Kichwa People of Sarayaku vs. Ecuador
Amnesty International is submitting to the Honourable Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Court) this amicus curiae brief in the case of Kichwa People of Sarayaku and its members v. Ecuador.
In this case the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) has brought proceedings based on actions and omissions that were detrimental to the Kichwa People of Sarayaku and its members (the victims) by having allowed a private oil company to operate within their ancestral territory without consulting with them beforehand. The Commission found that by doing this, the State of Ecuador (Ecuador), left the Kichwa People of Sarayaku unable to practice their traditional means of subsistence within their territory and limited their freedom of movement within that territory. The case also concerns the fact that the Kichwa People of Sarayaku were denied judicial protection and the right to due process of law.