Mes: septiembre 2014

Please vote for YASunidos!

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YASunidos is one of the nominees for The Human Rights Tulip! The Human Rights Tulip is an annual award of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for individuals or organisations that promote human rights worldwide in innovative ways. The prize worth is €100.000!! To win this prize we need YOUR VOTE in an online poll. To the online voting

The prize money could be used perfectly to further expand and deepen the YASunidos campaign to save the Yasuní and protect the rights of the indigenious peoples in the Yasuní, whose existence is acutely threatened by the oil exploitation!

Members of the public can vote from Monday 29th September 2014 until Friday 10th October 2014.
The Yasuní is a wordlwide symbol – if we archieve to avoid the oil exploitation in the Yasuní-
20140412_105408ITT, we are one step further toward a post-oil society in Ecuador and beyond!

It’s very easy: PLEASE VOTE HERE FOR YASUNIDOS! Thank you so much!

The procedure after the online poll: An esteemed international independent jury will consider the three leading candidates from the online poll as well as three ‘wild card’ candidates from organisations with a smaller public network. The jury will advise the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will then choose the winner. The prize will be presented to the winner in a public ceremony in The Hague on 9th December.

More information at http://www.humanrightstulip.nl/

YASunidos

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YASunidos

YASunidos, a youth movement, gathered 750,000 signatures to support the proposal of leaving oil underground in Ecuador’s National Park Yasuni.

Our aim: Saving indigenous peoples and nature as well as fight peacefully for a post-oil society in Ecuador and beyond!

Youth in Protection of Biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples

We want to protect one of the most biodiverse areas in the world that is also the home of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation along the banks of the Yasuni River.

For this purpose, we strive to stop oil exploitation in the area, avoid oil contamination, contribute to stop climate change and save the indigenous people. Our activities have led to 60% of the population of Ecuador being opposed to the oil extraction. Nevertheless, the government continues to push through with its plans and tries to criminalize the youth movement.

Grassroots Democracy

YASunidos is one of the most organized youth groups in Ecuador. In spite of the mockery, persecution, threats and insults from the authorities they continue their battle to defend Yasuni and its people against oil activities.

For the first time in Ecuador, YASunidos put effectively Amazon’s defense and the need of a popular consultation to decide Ecuador’s destiny on the front pages of the news and other media. YASunidos are working to build new ways of democracy, defending the rights of indigenous people and nature, supporting local communities impacted by oil companies and building alliances with the popular ecologists’ movements.

By gathering 750.000 signatures, we opened a national debate on what future does Ecuador want, not as a vertical decision but as a communal process, building democracy from the bottom up.