Colombia: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hear case alleging lack of consultation by Occidental & Ecopetrol with U'wa indigenous group

Author: EarthRights International &Intercontinental Cry, Published on: 21 October 2015

Victory for U’wa Nation

U'wa protest

The U’wa Nation has received an admissibility report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights allowing its case against Colombia to move forward, recognizing that the indigenous group can seek the Commission’s help in defending its traditional territory...Asou’wa, supported by the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia and the Coalition for Amazonian Peoples and Their Environment, first filed their complaint with the Commission in 1997. ..The Commission’s decision comes after the U’wa and their supporters made it clear that, despite these victories, the root of the problem is the government’s lack of recognition and protection of the indigenous group’s ancestral territory. “With this decision, the Commission recognized that even though Oxy and Ecopetrol pulled out, the U’wa remain threatened by the failure to fully protect their homeland,” said Camila Mariño, a Colombian lawyer and legal fellow with EarthRights International. “We are proud to stand with the U’wa.”…

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Related companies: Ecopetrol Occidental Petroleum