Guatemalan Court Upholds Ruling on Ecocide

Polly Higgins writes in the blog, ‘Eradicating Ecocide‘, about the recent court case in Guatemala where the African palm oil corporation, Empresa Reforestadora de Palma de Petén SA (REPSA), lost their appeal against the first ruling of its kind.

The appellate court in Guatemala upheld the unprecedented charge of ecocide against REPSA – denying a recent appeal that sought to overturn it.

The company has been accused of criminally negligent activity resulting in massive die-offs of fish and other wildlife in and around the La Pasión River, disrupting the lives of tens of thousands of Guatemalans living in the region.

The writer goes on to say that the UN has expressed its own concern over the environmental impact of REPSA operations in Guatemala, and confirmed how their criminal negligence has impacted over 20 different species of fish, and over 20 more different species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. This in addition to the ‘psychological impact’ on local families and the brutal and sudden loss of their personal and community lifeline.

UN statistics show how every ton of palm oil produces around 2.5 to 3.74 tons of industrial waste.

You can read the full article here and more background here.

Categories: Environment, Guatemala, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Resource Extraction


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