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Ecuador's Indigenous People: “We believe in development that respects Mother Earth”

Categories: Latin America, Ecuador, Citizen Media, Environment, Governance, Human Rights, Indigenous

“The Government is appropriating our spiritual values of the Amazon region, it’s seeking to deconceptualize our cultural concepts”, says [Carlos Pérez, President of ECUARUNARI [1] (Confederation of Kichwa Peoples of Ecuador)]. “It doesn’t know what Pachamama is. It doesn’t understand the rights of nature. It doesn’t understand Sumak Kawsay [2] (good living), it doesn’t understand the right to water.”

In Intercontinental Cry [3] journalist Robin Llewellyn writes about repression and indigenous rights under President Rafael Correa.