The International Court of The Hague issued this Thursday, March 12 an interim award in which it recognizes that the lawsuit against Chevron should recognize the individual rights of Ecuadorians.
This ruling of the Court of The Hague was produced with a 2-1 split vote, which has no immediate or definitive effect, and notes that it must be recognized there are individual rights that must be respected in the lawsuit against Chevron.
The General Attorney of Ecuador, Diego García Carrión, in a statement assured that “today’s decision represents an important step in the right direction, and properly vindicates the longstanding position of this office, that the Ecuadorian court is the appropriate forum to know and settle claims of indigenous plaintiffs, and Chevron is responsible for widespread contamination in the region.”
While Chevron spokesman James Craig, in an email sent to the AP said that “a US federal court ruled that the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron was the result of fraud, corruption and bribery. The provisional decision rendered today by the Court (Hague) does not change this fact.”