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Andean statement: To defend water is to defend life

Published by MAC on 2012-03-27
Source: Andean Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations (CAOI)

Recent statement by the Andean Coordination of Indigenous Organizations (CAOI).


To defend water is to defend life - Enough with extractivism and criminalization

For the construction and implementation of Good Living (el "Buen Vivir") and true multinational states.

We, the authorities and leaders of indigenous peoples and nations from Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru met in Lima on the 14th and 15th of March 2012 at the Seminar on Climate Change and Preparation for Rio +20, organized by the Andean Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations - CAOI.

We Declare:

1. That in the Andean Region, openly neoliberal and so-called progressive governments agree to insist on extractivist neoliberal capitalism, which plunders and pillages Mother Earth, violates the human and collective rights of indigenous people and criminalizes its leaders and authorities. False accusations of being funded by the Right wing and legal prosecution for serious crimes such as sabotage, kidnapping, terrorism and attempted murder are widespread:

2. The problems are common: natural resources in the entire region are affected, particularly water, territories and rights of indigenous peoples, violating the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent recognized by international standards at the 169 ILO Convention, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, signed by the four Andean countries. Common causes include: submission to neoliberal extractivism, criminalization to benefit big businesses, and deepening the primary export model with the same pretext: not to scare away foreign investment.

3. Both the climate and civilizational crises are being addressed in ways that further deepens their root causes, appealing to the false solutions underlined by market mechanisms such as REDD and now the so-called "green economy", which merely encircles deep background problems with a green veneer.

As a result of the above expressed, we agree to:

Lima, March 15, 2012.

Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas, CAOI
Confederación de Pueblos de la Nacionalidad Kichwa del Ecuador, ECUARUNARI
Consejo Nacional de Ayllus y Markas del Qullasuyu, CONAMAQ
Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia, ONIC
Confederación Nacional de Comunidades del Perú Afectadas por la Minería, CONACAMI

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