The Sápara people of Ecuador are fighting to keep more oil drilling out of their territory, especially after a recent meeting with the Ecuadorean government that left the issue unresolved, and silence from an international organization that had given them protective status.

On July 24, Sápara leaders and Ecuadorean government officials met to discuss the issue of more oil projects in their territory without prior consultation. The Sápara leaders reminded the officials that the community had received special status from a United Nations agency.

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