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8 Okt 2015

Frontline Defenders

“Ecuador: Demolition of homes of human rights defenders and Shuar community”

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On 30 September 2015 police forces, accompanied by private security companies forcibly evicted families from the Amazonian Social Action Community and demolished their houses in Tundayme…The private forces were hired by Ecuacorriente, a Chinese company in charge of the Mirador Mining Project in the Cordillera del Cóndor, which is located in the East of the Zamora-Chinchipe province, on the Peruvian-Ecuadorian border…The indigenous communities sustain that they have the right to remain in their ancestral lands since the Ecuacorriente company has failed to conduct a thorough study of social impacts. The study of social impact is a mandatory step for the implementation of extractive projects according to international standards – such as Convention No. 169 of the International Labour Organisation – and Ecuadorian law itself. There have been no consultations held with the local communities…Ecuacorriente asserts its right to continue its activities on the Mirador project based on a resolution issued by the Ministry of Mines and Oil in August 2008 (Acuerdo no 172) which, based on a narrow interpretation of the Constituent Resolution no.6, authorised all extractive projects not causing damage to water supplies. However, there is no legal basis for this resolution, as it is superseded by the Constituent Resolution no. 6…To date, the inhabitants of the region, members of the Shuar indigenous people, have not been consulted about the Mirador Mining Project nor on the extent to which would affect the local communities.