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15 Jul 2019

Resumen Latinoamericano

Ecuador: Two years after the eviction of the Nankints community by Explorcobres S.A., the indigenous people have not been able to return to their territory

[Excerpt translation from Spanish to English provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]

 "Ecuador. The ghost of Nankints: An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon lost its territory to a Chinese mining company" 5 July 2019

...In 2016 a Shuar community in southern Ecuador was displaced, attacked and judicially harassed. A mining company was set up in its territory. Forty-eight hours earlier, a picket line of policemen, brandishing a court order, had evicted the community: the land, they were told, was owned by the mining company Explorcobres.  On that day, Thursday, August 11, 2016, the eight Nankints families took refuge in neighboring towns like San Carlos de Limón, Santiago de Pananza and Tsuntsuim. On that day, Thursday, August 11, 2016, Nankints ceased to exist. Their brief four hectares became, by force of eviction, the mining camp La Esperanza... At that moment would begin the violent escalation of a conflict between mining and indigenous, which would leave death, persecution, judicial harassment and displacement?