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Gloria Ushigua defends Sápara people’s ancestral land and environmental rights in Ecuador

November 30 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Pratt Libraries: Alumni Reading Room

Since 2010, Gloria has been actively defending her territory of untouched jungle in the Amazon, primarily against private and State-owned companies seeking to exploit oil deposits. When Sápara territorial rights were threatened by a government plan to open oil blocks in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon, Gloria led successful efforts to keep the oil in the ground. As a result, she has been threatened, intimidated, judicially harassed, discredited on national television by high public officials and assaulted by law enforcement officers, along with other members of her family.