Ethics Tribunal: What happened to Yasuni?

Follow up session for the Yasuni Case ordered
by the Yasuni Commission

Ethical Tribunal for the Rights of Nature

Date:    Friday August 15th, 2014
Place:   CAC (Center for Contemporary Art, Quito-Ecuador)
Time:    10h00 – 12h45 (Case Resolution 14h30-15h00)

Tribunal Presided by:  George Caffentzis, University of Maine

 Terisa Turner – CanadaAlberto Acosta
 Clemente Bautista, Filipinas – AsiaBlanca Chancoso
 Lorenzo Muelas, Pueblo Misak ColombiaJulio Cesar Trujillo
Elsie Monge
María Paula Romo

Prosecutor: Ramiro Ávila Santamaría/ Gabriela León
Secretariat:  Natalia Greene
Facebook Event reference:  TRIBUNAL ÉTICO, Caso: Yasuní

Yasuni Tribunal

Case presentation:   What happened with Yasuni – Esperanza Martínez

1)     FRAUD

Carlos Larrea, Representative High Level Mixed CommissionMartin Carbonell – COSSFA
Enrique Mafla- Independent verification commissionPedro Bermeo – video presentation as evidence
Pablo Piedra – presentation of juridical actions at National Electoral Council

2)     Road in Block 31

Manuel Bayón – study 1×1000 and De Marchi satellite analysisFernando Fajardo – report on visits to the area
Carla Espín – report on the limit to measure the road
Holmer Manchoa – Kichwa community Yasuni
Juana Guarderas – Voice of Yasuni


Patricia CarriónRomel Valdez – limits at his University ESPE
Manai Prado – underage
Doménica – Riobamba
Representatives Ambato, Tulcán, Loja, Cuenca, Manta


Tribunal – Auditory CAC

10h00   Opening Secretariat / Prosecutor
10h15   Yasuni Case Presentation
10h25   Presentation of experts/witnesses fraud
11h05   Presentation of experts/witnesses roads in Yasuni
11h55   Presentation of experts/witnesses Yasunidos
12h30   Prosecutor Statement
12h45   End for the first part
12h45   Break, kits and lunch – Exteriors of CAC
12h45 – 14h00     Auditory (Judge deliberation)
14h30 – 15h00   Tribunal Resolution – Auditory CAC
17h00   “Zapateada” Festive mobilization, exteriors of CAC

Background of the Yasuni Commission

On April 11th, 2014 the Ethics Tribunal for the Rights of Nature, chaired by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos held a special session in Quito to hear the case of Yasuni National Park, particularly related to oil field ITT (Ishpingo, Tambocoha, Tiputini) or block 43. Their task was to analyze the arguments of the Ecuadorian Presidency’s request to declare oil exploitation ​​of national interest and the national Assembly acceptance that allows the exploration and exploitation of oil in block 43 oil field, within the Yasuni National Park.  At conclusion of the hearings, the Tribunal ordered the Ecuadorian Government to take the necessary measures to protect and fulfill the Rights of Nature, Human Rights, the Rights of Indigenous People, to guarantee ” the highest duty of the state (which) is actually (to) respect and uphold the rights guaranteed in the Constitution” (Art. 11.9).

The Tribunal called upon all national authorities, especially electoral and constitutional, to ensure the right to expression of the popular will expressed in the request for a referendum so that it will be the decision of the whole society to rule between life and oil exploitation in the Yasuni -ITT.  Furthermore, the Tribunal established a special committee to constantly monitor the implementation of this judgment.  The case presentation is to update the Yasuni Commission on the status of what has happened with Yasuni during the past four months.

For further information visit: Special Tribunal on Yasuni