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27.1.17

"Buen Vivir" for Whom? | NACLA - The Quito-based NGO Acción Ecológica just narrowly escaped a government-imposed shutdown, exemplifying the increasingly difficult climate for indigenous leaders and environmental activists in Ecuador. Paradoxically, the country, under the leadership of President Rafael Correa, has enshrined the concept of Buen Vivir (roughly, “plentiful life”) and protections for Pachamama (Mother Nature) into the Constitution. And while Correa condemned the environmental and human rights violations by multinational corporations in his address to the UN as Ecuador took over the presidency of the G77 on January 13th, his administration has refused to protect its own indigenous and environmental rights defenders.


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