From a May 4, 2017 Press Release of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF):
Colombia Constitutional Court Finds Atrato River Possesses Rights
The Court Finds the Atrato Possesses Rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration” – Rights of Nature Movement Gaining Ground as Court Declares Need to Move Away from Legal Systems in which Humans are the “dominator of nature”
CELDF has been at the forefront of the Rights of Nature movement. The movement is gaining significant ground, with new laws advancing in the U.S., Nepal, and elsewhere. In Colombia, CELDF has been working with the indigenous Raizal people to advance rights. This work received a big boost from the new decision by Colombia’s Constitutional Court recognizing rights of the Atrato River.