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Rally for Justice in Ecuador

On Tuesday, October 15th at 9 a.m., Chevron will bring its Ecuadorian victims and their advocates to a retaliatory trial to evade accountability for its contamination in the Amazon rainforest

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Categories: Environment, Events

Posted: Oct 11, 2013 – 04:33 PM EST

 

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /CSRwire/ - Interview and photo opportunities with the Ecuadorian farmers and indigenous affected by Chevron’s contamination

Supporters of the environment, human rights and corporate accountability, and Ecuadorian community groups will rally against Chevron's retaliatory RICO lawsuit against the Ecuadorian victims and their U.S.-based lawyer. Chevron is bringing its victims to trial in a New York courtroom before a judge who has repeatedly expressed hostility towards the Ecuadorians and those who have advocated for them.

WHAT:
Rally for justice in Ecuador against Chevron’s abuses and contamination in the Amazon rainforest.

WHO:
Supporters of human rights, the environment and corporate accountability; members of the Ecuadorian community in the United States.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, 9:00 a.m. ET.

WHERE:
Foley Square across from the courthouse in downtown Manhattan.
Worth Street and Lafayette Streets

Background
In 1993, a group of Ecuadorian citizens of the Amazon region filed a class action lawsuit in US federal court against Texaco alleging that between 1964 and 1992 Texaco’s oil operations polluted the rainforests and rivers in Ecuador, resulting in environmental damage and damage to the health of those who live in the region. Throughout 9 years Chevron fought to move the case to Ecuador, and in 2002 the US federal court dismissed the case on forum non conveniens grounds (i.e., the court stated that Ecuador was a more appropriate venue for litigating these claims). In connection with the dismissal, Texaco agreed that courts in Ecuador would have jurisdiction over the plaintiffs' claims.

Shortly before the verdict in the Ecuadorian court was handed down in 2011, Chevron launched an unprecedented retaliation campaign against the Ecuadorian villagers and their advocates. In addition, the company has targeted the entire nation of Ecuador by spending hundreds of millions of dollars in attorneys and lobbying firms to block trade between Ecuador and the United States in order to put pressure on the Ecuadorian government to block the judgment.

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