In-Person Judge’s Delegations from the International Rights of Nature Tribunal Visits and ObservationsPromoting Organizations:Brief description (Purpose or mission of your initiative, what it wants to transform, etc.):
The purpose is to Promote an in situ visit by a delegation of the International Tribunal on the Rights of Nature to the Amazonian territory and Patagonian territory to verify the serious evidence presented in previous hearings, prior to the FOSPA Meeting in July 2022 in Pará - Brazil, and later at COP27 in Egypt, in coordination with the organizations of the World Assembly of the Amazon.How promoting group is organized and criteria for considering inclusion of new entities in the group:
I will continue to develop the plans and organizational structure for the two visits. In terms of other organizations, all of the GARN tribunal judges belong to other organizations outside of GARN, and will therefore be bringing in their expertise from these other organizations. In addition, efforts will be made to organize the visit with grassroots organizations and allies in order to be able to meet with the majority of affected communities in the region.Scope: InternationalEmail Address: email@example.comWebsite URL: https://www.garn.org/Type of initiative: Alternative and Innovative practiceMain activity area: Activism, Advocacy, Climate action, Conservation, Human rights, Indigenous peoples, International cooperation, Mining, Social movementWhere is the initiative located?: OtherPublic actions description and dates for this initiative:
Two groups of GARN tribunal judges will visit these sites, one in the territories of Xingu and Carajás near Belem, Brazil, the other in Vaca Muerta, Argentina. The visit to Brazil will occur from July 7th-31st, 2022. The visit date to Vaca Muerta has not yet been determined, but is estimated for sometime in November, 2022.Public action n°1:
In-situ visit to the Xingu and and Carajás territory - BrazilPublic action date n°1: Mon, 07/18/2022 - 00:00Brief description n°1:
The International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature held a hybrid hearing in Glasgow on November 3-4, 2021. The presenters of the Amazon case asked the Tribunal for an on-site visit to their territory to understand, first-hand, the threats facing the Amazon and to speak with Amazon defenders in their territory. The judges of the Tribunal were particularly impressed with the participation of Antonia Melo, representative of the Xingú territory. In their deliberation, they agreed that despite the serious threats that exist throughout the Amazon territory, Brazil contains the most significant part of this unique biome and presents a series of threats. The Brazilian territory, especially the indigenous Amazon, concentrates important violations to the rights of Nature that should be made more clearly and assertively visible to the world.
The judges of the Tribunal expressed the following point as part of their decision in the verdict:
"Actions of the Tribunal in the Amazon territory
- Promote an in situ visit by a delegation of the International Tribunal on the Rights of Nature to the Amazonian territory to verify the serious evidence presented in this hearing, prior to the FOSPA Meeting in July 2022 in Pará - Brazil, in coordination with the organizations of the World Assembly of the Amazon. "
The judges of the Tribunal accepted this request and materialized it in the decision and verdict of the Tribunal. The Assembly of Judges met in early January 2022 and agreed to send a delegation to Brazil to visit the Xingu and Carajás territory.
The Pan-Amazonian Social Forum, FOSPA, will take place in Belém, Brazil, from July 28th to the31st. The FOSPA Secretariat, by decision of the Assembly of Judges, invited the delegation to participate in the FOSPA to present the report of this visit.
The delegation of judges of the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature will visit Brazil from July 18th to the 31st. Between July 18th and 27th, the International Tribunal delegation will visit the Xingu and Carajás territories, and will then travel by caravan to Belém to attend the FOSPA.
We hope to organize the visit with grassroots organizations and allies in order to be able to meet with the majority of affected communities in the region and bring this message to FOSPA and the world.
This delegation will be led by Brazilian judge Felicio Pontes. Judges confirmed to date are Cormac Cullinan (South Africa), Princess Esmeralda (Belgium), and Patricia Gualinga (Ecuador). Blanca Chancosa (Ecuador) has also expressed interest in being part of this delegation and the Global Alliance Indigenous Council has voted to invite Tom Goldtooth (Diné Dakota) to be part of the delegation as well.
There are also other possible judges to whom an invitation to participate may be extended.Place n°1:
Xingu and and Carajás territory - BrazilPublic action n°2:
In-situ visit to Vaca Muerta, ArgentinaPlace n°2:
Vaca Muerta, Argentina