Mayan communities from the Yucatan Peninsula will denounce the abuses and violations of their rights as peoples and the environment caused by the imposition of the Mayan Train at the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature, which will take place on 11 March in Valladolid, Merida.

The Tribunal aims to contribute to the defence of the ecosystems and communities in Mexico “that are in grave danger of destruction due to the advance of the mega-project known as the “Mayan Train”, through the testimonies of those affected, experts, and ethical judges of the International Tribunal.

The General Secretariat of the Tribunal recalled that the verdicts are a “necessary tool in the struggle for environmental justice”, as well as compensating for “the failure and inaction of the State to do justice”.

The International Tribunal is an institution created by citizens to investigate and publicise violations of the rights of nature around the world. During the hearings, peoples and communities speak “in the name of Nature” to protest the destruction of the environment, “fomented by corporations with the blessing of governments”, thus making conflicts and their actors visible and making legal recommendations on the protection and restoration of the Earth as model jurisprudence for grassroots communities.

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