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COLOMBIA: INDIANS WIN ROUND AGAINST OIL GIANT

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Title: COLOMBIA: INDIANS WIN ROUND AGAINST OIL GIANT
Author: NotiSur writers
Subject: COLOMBIA: INDIANS WIN ROUND AGAINST OIL GIANT
Colombia
Indians
oil giant
Occidental Petroleum
exploitation in Indian lands
Roberto Perez
U'Wa Tribe
ancestral lands
Samore block
Gibraltar I
lifeflood of Mother Earth
right to life
Ecopetrol oil company
crude production
avoid imports
hydroelectric
oil-drilling projects
indigenous land
Cubara
Boyaca
Organización Nacional Indigena de Colombia
ONIIC
extermination policies
Lawrence Meriage
Cynthia Mckineey
sacred ancestral territory
manipulating the Indians
Amazon Watch
Convention 169
International Labor Organization
ILO
Defense Working Group
rainforest Action Network
RAN
Andres Pastrana
Ray Irani
Action Resouce Center
Abstract: A Bogota Circuit Court on March 31 ordered a halt to US- based Occidental Petroleum's drilling near a reservation of the U'wa Indians. Despite the ruling, protests against exploitation on Indian lands continue, including a hunger strike by Indian congressional representatives. U'wa Roberto Perez said after the court ruling that the tribe still sees a long battle ahead. "This fight has not been won," Perez said in Washington, where he had been meeting with members of Congress and activists. "While the court ruled to stop Occidental's drilling, the appeal could easily be against us. That is why we must keep up the pressure and continue fighting." The U'Wa tribe has waged a national and international campaign since 1995 to stop Occidental from drilling on or near its ancestral lands near Colombia’s eastern border with Venezuela (sees NotiSur, 1999-03-12). The tribe, with between 5,000 and 10,000 members, has threatened mass suicide if the oil companies violate their territory.
Date: 2000-04-14
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11010


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