Quito, April 4th, 2019. – The Supreme Court of Justice of Canada refused to process the request for an appeal filed by the Ecuadorian people affected by Chevron against the ruling of the Court of Appeal of Ontario on May 23rd, 2018. The latter rejected the process of type-approval of the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron’s assets in that country on the grounds that the assets of Chevron Canada did not belong to Chevron Corporation. In addition, the Court of Ontario protected its decision by imposing a million-dollar fee to try to prevent Ecuadorians from appealing this decision.
Willian Lucitante, Coordinator of the Union of Affected by Texaco, UDAPT, considered regrettable that legal technicality and lack of money be an obstacle to the access to justice of peoples in Canada. It is deplorable that victims of corporate crimes are denied their rights.
In spite of this decision in Canada, he ratified the intention to open processes in other jurisdictions and informed that in the near future they will be able to announce the countries in which new execuatur actions will be initiated. He affirmed that they will not cease their intention to collect the sentence to repair the damages caused by Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon, since the decisions of the Ecuadorian courts are irrevocable.
For his part, Pablo Fajardo, the lawyer of the indigenous peoples and peasants affected by Chevron, regretted that, once again, a country demonstrates that justice is structured to protect and guarantee impunity for transnational corporations.
He clarified that the Supreme Court of Canada did not know the merits of the Ecuadorian case and only resolved not to accept the appeal requested by his representatives, who did not have the opportunity to explain the substance of Chevron’s legal structure, which protects it from the lawsuits of those who are impacted by their bad operations.
This is a disastrous precedent for social struggles for rights and justice, said Fajardo, adding that “this case is a perfect example of the need for a binding international instrument on transnational corporations and human rights “.
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