June 7, 2022
Inga people to intensify their case against Canadian oil company in Amazon
Although the project site of the local subsidiary of Canada’s Gran Tierra Energy was granted license to prospect for oil in Villagarzón municipality, denying the presence of Indigenous communities in the proposed project’s area, the project site does overlap with as many as seven reserves that are home to the Inga people, who are taking their case to the international forum.
At least seven Indigenous reserves that are home to the Inga people in Villagarzón municipality have been overlooked when license were granted to the local subsidiary of the Canadian oil company way back in 2014. The Indigenous people’s right to prior consultation has been violated while seeking license from the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) in 2012.
The community is working on intensifying their case by taking it to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights if the Colombian government fails to guarantee their rights.
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