Feburary, 2021

27feb4:00 pm7:00 pm2nd CASE: French Guiana - EUROPEAN RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL 2021EUROPEAN RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL, IN DEFENSE OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS 'second case - French Guiana.4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Organiser: Rights Of Nature Tribunal Event Type:MeetingTheme:Food & Agriculture

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About this Event

The Tribunal will hear and try five critical aquatic ecosystem cases brought by frontline, impacted communities and experts from across Europe.

This second case in the series is focusing on the French Guiana . For more than 30 years, French Guiana has been a region severely hit by illegal gold mining . This activity is devastating the country because of its major impact on the environment .

Mercury pollution of waterways due to these activities leads to a collapse of biodiversity and threatens the local population’s health, especially the local Native Americans, the Wayana people, located upstream of the Maroni river .

Bursting the ground open with the help of powerful engines, illegal gold miners are responsible for the destruction of 1330km of waterways . The mercury used to treat the gold is thrown away into nature and then adds up to the mercury naturally present in the ground.

This metal can be found all along the food chain: stocked by plants and ingested by fishes, it contaminates those living alongside the river. Moreover, the muddy waters rejected by the gold mining activity are making the rivers turbid. Water is unhealthy and prevents fish ‘reproduction thereby damaging the ecosystem’s health .

Aquatic ecosystems have a right to conservation, to regenerate and restore their life cycles. This is undermined by illegal gold trafficking and therefore must be completely eradicated from the territory of French Guiana.

GOALS

The recognition of Haut Maroni as a natural entity benefiting from the right to the protection, conservation and restoration of its ecosystems, the establishment of a local governance model respectful of the rights of the people of French Guiana, guardians of the Amazon, the implementation of an action plan aimed at definitively eliminating illegal mining activities in cooperation with the inhabitants of Haut Maroni region, the implementation of local economic alternative projects and the organization of a regional mercury screening campaign.

SPEAKERS

Presenter: Marine Calmet, Lawyer, President of the NGO Wild legal

Legal Expert: Alexis Tiouka, legal expert specialized in the rights of Indigenous People

Witnesses living on the banks of the Maroni river: Linia Opoya, Kupi Aloike and Michel Aloike

The Tribunal will be presided over by a panel of experienced Rights of Nature judges from around the world:

Chairperson: Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and writer (Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice)

Lisa Mead (lawyer, founder Earth Law Alliance), Richard Falk (professor of international law at Princeton University, writer), Valérie Cabanes (international lawyer, member of the Stop Ecocide Foundation), Tom Goldtooth (activist for rights of Indigenous People and the rights of Nature)

Prosecutor: Rebecka Le Moine

Co-Secretariat: Camille Bouko-levy, Olivia Gervais, Natalia Greene

Watch the event live

English: fb.com/rightsofnaturetribunal/live

French: fb.com/garneurope/live

For more info please click here .

Wild Legal website

 

 


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ON FEBRUARY 27, 2021 WILL BE HELD THE HEARING OF THE CASE OF ILLEGAL GOLDENING IN FRENCH GUIANA , ONE OF THE 5 MISTAKES OF THE EUROPEAN TRIBUNAL FOR NATURAL RIGHTS IN DEFENSE OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS.

This hearing intends to challenge public decision-makers on the mercury pollution of the Maroni River due to illegal gold panning in Guyana . For more than 30 years, French Guiana has been a region severely affected by illegal gold mining .

The mercury pollution of waterways from these activities leads to a collapse of biodiversity and threatens the health of the local population, especially the local Native Americans, the Wayana, located upstream of the Maroni River.

By opening the ground with powerful engines, illegal gold miners are responsible for destroying 1,330 km of waterways . The mercury used to process gold is released into nature and this metal is found throughout the food chain. In addition, the muddy waters discharged by gold mining make rivers cloudy and affect the health of ecosystems.

THE REQUESTS BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURT

The recognition of Haut Maroni as a natural entity benefiting from the right to the protection, conservation and restoration of its ecosystems, the implementation of an action plan aimed at definitively eliminating illegal mining activities in cooperation with the inhabitants, the organization of a regional mercury screening campaign, etc.

STAKEHOLDERS

Presenter: Marine Calmet, lawyer, president of the Wild Legal association

Expert: Alexis Tiouka, lawyer specializing in the rights of indigenous peoples

Witnesses inhabitants of the Maroni river: Linia Opoya, Kupi Aloike and Michel Aloike

The Tribunal will be chaired by a panel of judges who are experts in the rights of Nature from around the world:

Chairperson: Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and author (Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice)

Judges: Lisa Mead (lawyer, founder Earth Law Alliance), Richard Falk (professor of international law at Princeton University, writer), Valérie Cabanes (lawyer in international law, member of the Stop Ecocide Foundation), Tom Goldtooth (activist for rights of indigenous peoples and the rights of Nature)

Prosecutor: Rebecka Le Moine

Co-secretary: Camille Bouko-levy, Olivia Gervais, Natalia Greene

LIVE EVENT

English: fb.com/rightsofnaturetribunal/live

French: fb.com/garneurope/live

For more information on the case of the Maroni River in French Guiana, click on this link:  rightsofnaturetribunal.org/cases/french-guiana-case

And find all the information on the Wild Legal website .

 

 

 

Time

(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Organiser

Rights Of Nature TribunalThe International Rights of Nature Tribunal has been created to provide systemic Rights of Nature based alternatives to the false solutions and failed negotiations of governing Nation States. This “People's Tribunal” provides a vehicle for reframing and adjudicating prominent environmental and social justice cases within the context of a Rights of Nature based earth jurisprudence. The adjudication process provides a platform for informed legal analysis of various cases based on Rights of Nature. With each case, the Tribunal will recommend actions for reparation, mitigation, restoration and prevention of further damages and harm. The Tribunal provides a framework for educating civil society and governments on the fundamental tenets of Rights of Nature and an instrument for legal experts to examine constructs needed to more fully integrate Rights of Nature.

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