Sarayaku women attend a ceremony where the Ecuadorian Government offered a public apology that came as part of a ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Court which found that the government allowed for oil exploration in Sarayaku lands without their consent. Indigenous people will have access to the courts as part of a recent historical declaration protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples through-out the Americas, with the exception of the U.S. and Canada.
Ecuador Endangered

Ecuador Quietly Grants Transnational Corporations Rights To Protected Forests and Indigenous Land

The Ecuadorean government has quietly granted mining concessions to over 4.25 million acres of forest reserves and indigenous territories to transnational corporations in closed-door deals without public knowledge or consent.