Indigenous Groups From Ecuador's Amazon Sue To Halt Oil Development

It is being called a ‘policy of death.’ On October 18, Indigenous communities from Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest sued the government to halt plans for the expansion of oil development. President Guillermo Lasso has issued decrees to develop oil projects in environmentally sensitive areas of the Amazon rainforest, as well as increase foreign investment in mining resources in the Amazon.

Leaders of the Indigenous communities that live there plan to pursue a second suit to halt the mining. They hope that the Constitutional Court, the country's highest judicial body, will agree with them and nullify the decrees.