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Peruvian court admits that the Marañón River has legal rights and has a right to exist!

Sending climate love to the Peruvian provincial court of Nauta for ruling in favor of the Marañón River, and for acknowledging that nature also has legal rights.
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Huaynakana Kamatahuara Kana, a federation of Kukama Indigenous women, had filed a case with the Nauta court that the Marañón River, just like every other species and part of nature on Earth, also had legal rights to exist, to flow freely, and to be free from pollution.
The court, in a landmark ruling, has announced that the river does have legal rights, and as the “guardians, defenders and representatives of the Marañón River and its tributaries", the Indigenous women can represent the river and the surrounding ecosystem on its behalf, exactly like companies and corporations are represented by certain elected or appointed humans.
What instigated the court case in the first place?
The river flows quite close to oil producing zones and has been subjected to oil spills quite frequently. Also, people from the Kukama Indigenous communities and others in the Loreto area are heavily reliant on the river for their livelihood and sustenance. Read more about the problems the oil spills have been causing the river, and the communities living near the river.
This court ruling might not stop the corporations from polluting the river, but acknowledging the fact that the river does have legal rights is quite promising in itself. It sets the foundation for judicial recognition of the Marañón River ecosystem’s rights for future litigation.
Learn more about this landmark case:



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  • johnte ndeto

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    The court's groundbreaking ruling granting legal rights to the Marañón River is a watershed moment in the fight for environmental justice.

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    • mary Mwihaki

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      This is very interesting and a great example keep it up

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      • johnte ndeto

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        @mary_dosarah recognizing the river as a legal entity with rights is really appealing.

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      • Christina Carlmark

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        Much needed move in the right direction. A step towards End Ecocide laws.

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        • walter lungayi

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          Great move!!! By acknowledging the Marañón River's legal rights and right to exist, the Peruvian court is setting an important precedent for environmental conservation and sustainable development. This decision could have significant implications for the protection of the river's ecosystem, ensuring its preservation for future generations.

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          • winnie nguru

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            Wow! Such a win!

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            • DIPANJANA MAULIK

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              Landmark judgment. It is to be seen how it is going to be considered in Courts of Law of humans, when river crosses multiple states and nations.

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              • Kevin

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                A very welcome ruling

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  This is a great example of how laws and policies can be implemented to address environmental challenges and promote ecological balance. Well done 👏👏

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                  • Jane Wangui

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                    It is nice to see people stand up for what is right and by so doing they help protect important features such as the Maranon river.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

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                      @jane_wangui It is called #climatejustice 👏👏💚

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                    • Ann Nyambura

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                      This ruling is a victory for environmental justice and the rights of indigenous communities. Kudos to all involved

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                      • Esther Wanjiku

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                        A very landmark ruling !

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                        • Princess

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                          I'm grateful that someone finally shared this uplifting news—it's a beacon of hope for conservation efforts worldwide. Kudos to the Nauta court for their landmark decision in recognizing the legal rights of the Marañón River and acknowledging the role of Indigenous communities.

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                          • Jane Wangui

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                            @princess_nel_268 How I wish that all courts would give climate justice a chance.Most rulings regarding climate are very selfish and side where they are receiving some kind of benefits.

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                          • Markus Lutteman

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                            Wow. This is a game-changing ruling! Great stuff.

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