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The International Rights of Nature Tribunal will meet at Maison des Métallos in Paris on 4th and 5th of December, in conjunction with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC COP21. The Tribunal is a unique, citizen-created initiative.Logo-RoNtribunal-fr It gives people from all around the world the opportunity to testify publicly as to the destruction of the Earth — destruction that governments and corporations not only allow, but in some cases encourage.

Space is limited. If you are planning to attend the third International Rights of Nature Tribunal register now for the segments you will attend.

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Date and Time

  • Friday 4 – Saturday 5 December 2015
  • 9:00am – 6:30pm each day (including an intermission)

Tribunal Venue in Paris

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94 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France

Esteemed Judges:

  • Cormac Cullinan, President; Author WildLaw: A Manifesto for Earth Justice (South Africa)
  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (Turtle Island, USA)
  • Alberto Acosta, former President Ecuador Constitutional Assembly
  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (USA)
  • Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (Nigeria)
  • Ruth Nyambura, African Biodiversity Network (Kenya)
  • Damien Short, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Felício Pontes, Federal Prosecutor (Brazil)
  • Terisa Turner, professor Sociology and Anthropology, former UN Energy Specialist (Canada)
  • Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch (USA)
  • Philippe Desbroses, Honarary, farmer, scientist, writer (France)
  • Dominique Bourg, Professor Geosciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Among the Expert Witnesses and Case Presenters :

  • Pablo Solon, Fundacion Solon
  • Geneviève Azam, Attac France
  • Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
  • Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians
  • Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights
  • Casey Camp Horinek, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Esperanza Martinez, Acción Ecologica
  • Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa of Sarayaku, Ecuador
  • Carlos Lareas, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar
  • Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Tantoo Cardinal, Actress, Activist, Tar Sands, Canada
  • Valerie Cabanes, End Ecocide on Earth

Prosecutors for the Earth:

  • Ramiro Avila, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar
  • Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center

International Rights of Nature Tribunal Paris Secretariat:

  • Natalia Greene, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
  • Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center

Nature is Speaking – with Julia Roberts as Mother Nature

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at http://natureisspeaking.org Music “City Building” by Jóhann Jóhannsson (Google PlayAmazonMP3eMusiciTunes)

Nature Is Speaking – Harrison Ford is The Ocean | Conservation International (CI)

Published on Oct 5, 2014

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at
http://natureisspeaking.org

Nature Is Speaking – Robert Redford is The Redwood | Conservation International (CI)

Published on Oct 5, 2014

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at
http://natureisspeaking.org

Nature Is Speaking – Edward Norton is The Soil | Conservation International

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at
http://natureisspeaking.org

Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take action at
http://natureisspeaking.org

UNFCCC COP 20 Press Conference on International Rights of Nature Tribunal

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UNFCCC COP 20 NGO Press Conference
D – Press Conference Room 2
14:00 – 14:30pm 9 December 2014

Prominent International Tribunal issues verdicts on 12 cases of violations to nature and communities

Panel finds corporations, United Nations and governments guilty of violating nature’s rights.

Alberto Acosta, President of the distinguished Tribunal and former president of the Constitutional Assembly of Ecuador, led the 13 judges through 12 cases presented on the 5th and 6th of December in the Gran Hotel Bolivar in Lima. The Tribunal determined to expand the evidence, and even establish international commissions and special sessions.

“This permanent ethical tribunal is a call to humanity to encounter nature. This body arises when States fail to fulfill their obligation to preserve the lives of living beings, said Acosta. The judgments have been rendered having as a legal framework the Rights of Nature and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. “The rights of nature must have a universal validity,” he said. As long as nature is seen as property in law, there can be no justice for communities, or nature.

The 12 cases heard demonstrate egregious violations to rights of nature and human rights. The Tribunal was dedicated to Shuar leader José Tendentza who was found murdered just days before the Tribunal. Tendentza of Southern Ecuador was scheduled to present the Condor Mine case to the Tribunal. Cases included:

  • False Solutions related to Climate Change and REDD+;
  • Peruvian cases: Conga Mine, Bagua Massacre – Defenders of Earth, 4 River Basins of Peru;
  • Ecuadorian cases: Condor Mine, Chevron/Texaco, and Yasuni ITT
  • Brazil: Belo Monte Dam
  • USA and Bolivia: Hydraulic fracturing “fracking”
  • Oceans: BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, coal mine and other threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Tribunal members and case experts presenting to members of the press include:

  • Nnimo Bassey, Nigeria
  • Pablo Solon, Bolivia
  • Atossa Soltani, US
  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous, Turtle Island, US
  • Osprey Orielle Lake, US

The distinguished panel of judges included: Alberto Acosta, economist and former President of the Constituent Assembly from Quito, Ecuador; Verónica Mendoza, Peru Congress member, representative of the region of Cusco; Raúl Prada Alcoreza, philosopher, sociologist, author, former member of the Bolivian Constituent Assembly of 2006-2007, Bolivia; Hugo Blanco director of the monthly publication “Lucha Indígena”, Perú; Tantoo Cardinal, actress (e.g., Dances with Wolves) and activist from the Tar Sands of Canada; Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa leader and educator from Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador; Edgardo Lander, sociologist, professor, from Venezuela; Tom Goldtooth, Dine’/Dakota, director of Indigenous Environmental Network from MN, USA; Francios Houtart, professor, philosopher, theologian, member of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, Belgium; Osprey Orielle Lake, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA; Rocío Silva Santiesteban, National Human Rights Coordinator, author, professor, Perú; Atossa Soltani, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Watch, USA; and Terissa Turner, professor Sociology and Anthropology, former UN Energy Specialist, Canada.

Ramiro Avila, environmental attorney form Ecuador, served as Prosecutor for the Earth.

Hosted by: Amazon Watch and The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

CONTACT: Osprey Orielle Lake, oolake@jps.net

Natalia Greene +593 (0) 99944-3724/nati.greene@gmail.com

Robin R. Milam +1.530.263-1483/Nature@TheRightsofNature.org

Additional information:

Press release from Day 2 of Tribunal deliberations: http://therightsofnature.org/ron-events/tribunal-verdicts-on-violations/

Press release from Day 1 Tribunal of deliberations: http://therightsofnature.org/ron-events/tribunal-denounces-violations-to-rights-of-nature/
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Comunicado de Prensa

CMNUCC COP 20 Conferencia de Prensa de ONG
D – Pulse la Sala 2
14:00-14:30 pm 09 de diciembre 2014

Importante Tribunal internacional emite veredictos sobre 12 casos de violaciones contra la naturaleza y contra las comunidades

Panel considera a las corporaciones, a las Naciones Unidas y a los gobiernos culpables de violar los derechos de la naturaleza

Alberto Acosta, presidente del Tribunal y expresidente de la Asamblea Constituyente del Ecuador, resolvió admitir, expandir y resolver los 12 casos, en todos ellos, se condenó la vulneración a los derechos de los pueblos y la naturaleza presentados el 5 y 6 de diciembre en el Gran Hotel Bolívar en Lima, y se determinó ampliar las evidencias, e incluso la conformación de sesiones especiales y comisiones internacionales.

“Este tribunal ético permanente es un llamado a la humanidad para encontrarnos con la Naturaleza. Esta instancia surge cuando los Estados no cumplen con su obligación de preservar la vida de los seres humanos”, afirma Alberto Acosta.

Las sentencias se han dictado teniendo como marco legal los Derechos de la Naturaleza y la Declaración Universal de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra. “Los derechos de la naturaleza tienen que tener una validez universal”, asevera. Mientras la naturaleza sea vista como propiedad ante la ley, no habrá justicia para las comunidades ni para la naturaleza.

Escuchar los resultados de los Derechos Internacionales de Tribunal Naturaleza que acaba de concluir, después de dos días de audiencias en Lima la semana pasada. Los 12 casos examinados demuestran violaciones flagrantes a los derechos de la naturaleza y derechos humanos.

Los 12 casos examinados demuestran violaciones flagrantes a los derechos de la naturaleza y los derechos humanos. Este Tribunal se lo dedicó al líder Shuar José Tendentza que fue encontrado asesinado pocos días antes de que el Tribunal al que iba a asistir para presentar el caso de la mina de Condor Mirador. Los casos incluyen:

  • Falsas Soluciones relacionadas con el cambio climático y REDD +;
  • Casos peruanos: Conga Mina, Baguazo – Defensores de la Tierra, 4 Cuencas of Perú;
  • Casos ecuatorianos: Mina de Cóndor Mirador, caso Chevron / Texaco, y Yasuní ITT
  • Brasil: Belo Monte
  • UU. y Bolivia: La fracturación hidráulica “fracking”
  • Océanos: derrame de BP en el Golfo de México, minas de carbón y otras amenazas a la de Australia Gran Barrera de Coral

Los miembros del Tribunal y los expertos de casos que presentan a los miembros de la prensa son:

Nnimo Bassey, Nigeria
Pablo Solon, Bolivia
Atossa Soltani, EE.UU
Tom Goldtooth, Isla Tortuga Indígena, EE.UU
Osprey Orielle Lake, EE.UU

El panel de distinguidos jueces incluyó a: Alberto Acosta, economista y ex presidente de la Asamblea Constituyente de Quito, Ecuador; Raúl Prada Alcoreza, filósofo, sociólogo, escritor, ex miembro de la Asamblea Constituyente boliviana de 2006-2007, Bolivia; Hugo Blanco, Director de la publicación mensual “Lucha Indígena”-Perú”; Tantoo Cardinal, actriz (p. ej., Danza con Lobos) activista contra las arenas de petróleo en Canadá; Blanca Chancoso, líder Kichwa y educadora de Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador; Tom Goldtooth, Dine / Dakota, director del Indigenous Environmental Network de Minnesota, EE.UU.; Francios Houtart, profesor, filósofo, teólogo, miembro del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos, Bélgica; Osprey Orielle Lake, Co-Fundadora y Directora Ejecutiva de Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, EE.UU.; Edgardo Lander, sociólogo, profesor, Venezuela; Verónika Mendoza, Congresista de Perú, representante de la Región de Cusco; Rocío Silva Santiesteban, Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, autora, profesora, Perú; Atossa Soltani, fundadora y directora ejecutiva de Amazon Watch, EE.UU.; Terissa Turner, profesor de Sociología y Antropología, Especialista en Energía ex ONU, Canadá.

Ramiro Ávila, abogado ambiental de Ecuador sirve como Fiscal de la Tierra.

Organizado por Amazon Watch y Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza

CONTACT: Osprey Orielle Lake, oolake@jps.net

Natalia Greene +593 (0) 99944-3724/nati.greene@gmail.com

Robin R. Milam +1.530.263-1483/Nature@TheRightsofNature.org

Información adicional:

Comunicado de Día 1 Tribunal de las deliberaciones:

http://therightsofnature.org/ron-events/tribunal-derechos-dai1/

Comunicado de Día 2 Tribunal de las deliberaciones:

http://therightsofnature.org/ron-events/tribunal-derechos-dai1-2/

Council of Canadians supports the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Council of Canadians / Le Conseil des CanadiensFrom Council of Canadians blog:

The Council of Canadians and the Blue Planet Project support the assertion that nature has rights. In short that means we believe that natural ecosystems including trees, oceans, animals and mountains have the right to exist, maintain and regenerate their vital cycles.

Blue Planet ProjectPart of this support is our participation in the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. The Global Alliance is an international grouping of individuals and organizations committed to building support for and the realization of the rights of nature. Our national chairperson Maude Barlow is the North American representative on the Global Alliance’s executive committee. Others on that committee include Liz Rivers (Europe), Vandana Shiva (India) and Cormac Cullinan (South Africa).

Barlow says, “The case for acknowledging the rights of nature cannot be overstated. Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now as we begin to understand the urgent need to protect the Earth and its ecosystems from which all life comes. A Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth would be a crucial link in this process and will one day stand as the companion to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as one of the guiding covenants of our time.”

She has also noted, “Our argument is that policies of unlimited growth, unregulated trade and government deregulation – taking away the rights of government to protect the environment – is putting the environment at risk. We need to ask ourselves: what kind of society could we build if we introduced laws that actually give the Earth and other species the right to exist and not be destroyed by us? The rights of nature are about recognizing the limits to the Earth’s carrying capacity and dealing with it before it’s too late.”

Along with calling for a Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth, the work of the Global Alliance includes convening an Ethics Tribunal that adjudicates environmental cases based on earth jurisprudence and working to stop the Mirador gold and copper open-pit mine which is located at the headwaters of the Amazon River in Ecuador.

In April 2011, the Council of Canadians helped produce the book The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth as a way to inform and inspire others about the need to create and ratify a binding instrument to protect the rights of the Earth. In March 2013, the Council of Canadians/ Blue Planet Project along with other organizations submitted an amicus letter to a court in Ecuador stating that the Mirador mine directly violates that country’s constitutional recognition of the rights of nature.

For more on the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, please click here.