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February 9, 2014

Videos Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal Ecuador 2014

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Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal

Also see: Video Judge Tantoo Cardinal on US fracking

“We the people assume the authority to conduct an Ethics Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. We will investigate cases of environmental destruction, which violate the Rights of Nature.” Prosecutor for the Earth, Ramiro Avila declared during the opening of the world’s first Ethics Tribunal on the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth.  The Tribunal held its inaugural session on Friday January 17, 2014 in Quito, Ecuador.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, internationally renowned author, physicist and environmental activist presided over the historic Tribunal together with nine other distinguished judges from seven countries and five continents. Dr. Shiva presented the closing ruling to admit all the nine cases of alleged violations of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, adopted in Cochabamba on April 20, 2010 and, for Ecuadorian cases, of the Ecuadorian Constitution. The Tribunal will be a permanent platform for hearing and judging cases from around the world.

Tribunal Judges

Dr. Vandana Shiva, President
Navdana, IndiaDr.Vandana Shiva
Tom Goldtooth, Dine’/Dakota, Director, Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
Climate Change Case
Alberto Acosta, economist and former President of the Constituent Assembly, Ecuador
Yasuni ITT
Elsie Monge, human rights activist and president of CEDHU y FIDH, Ecuador
Tantoo Cardinal, actress (e.g., Dances with Wolves) from the Tar Sands of Canada
Hydraulic Fracking
Atossa Soltani, Director of Amazon Watch, USA
BP Oil Spill
Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa leader, Ecuador
GMOs and Transgenics
Julio César Trujillo, constitutional lawyer for Yasunidos, Ecuador
Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and author (Wild Law), Earth Democracy Coop, South Africa
Great Barrier Reef
Enrique Viale, environmental lawyer, Argentina

Prosecutor on Behalf of Mother Earth
and Tribunal Secretariat

Natalia Greene, Secretariat,

Case Presentations

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British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillGMOs and TransgenicsGMO DNA
Climate Change
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Mirador Open Pit Mine
Defenders of Nature
Yasuni ITT Rights of Nature case
Hydraulic Fracking (USA)

Rights of Nature Press Conference – Quito 17 January 2014

Press Conference - Rights of Nature Quito

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