News & Multimedia from 2010
The United States will endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), making it the last industrialized power to support the agreement, which recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples on issues including free prior and informed consent (FPIC), right to sovereignty, territory and respect for traditional knowledge. The move was announced last week by President Barack Obama.
Application of Declaration Crucial in U.S. Foreign PolicyDecember 22, 2010
Washington, DC – The Obama Administration's endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a welcome development, Amazon Watch stated today. Following a policy review process, announced in April of this year at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Administration released its new position on December 16th. Of the four countries that originally voted against the UNDRIP – Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States – the U.S. is the last to reverse its position to endorse the Declaration.
Chevron's Desperation, Evidence Tampering, and Insults to Indigenous Culture Growing In Ecuador Trial
Oil Giant's Lawyers Concoct Fake "Forgery" to Cover Up Their Own Pattern of Unlawful Activity At TrialDecember 21, 2010
Quito, Ecuador – With evidence growing that it has engaged in blatant misconduct to undermine an epic environmental trial in Ecuador, Chevron is now claiming that the fingerprint signatures of mostly illiterate indigenous persons filed years ago with the court as part of the original lawsuit were "forged" and that therefore the 17-year trial should be nullified.
The following 38 organizations from around the world are writing to express our concern for the security and well-being of Mr. Tony James, President of the Amerindian Peoples Association. According to the Executive Board of APA, in a statement issued on December 10th, there have been multiple incidents over recent months in which unknown people have come asking about Tony's whereabouts. In one instance, an unknown woman noted, "they want his head; they want him dead."
This is the first in a series of photo essays documenting the cultural and environmental destruction in this region of Ecuador by Texaco (now Chevron).
A short video featuring the voices of Indigenous leaders Marlon Santi, Sonia Guajajara, and Pablo Salon.
We, the undersigned organizations, wish to express our grave concern regarding Peru's process of "consultation" regarding its Forestry and Wildlife Law. Although the current process represents an advance in comparison to previous processes, it lacks legitimacy as well as the support of the country's representative indigenous organizations.
Indigenous Peruvians Win Appeal in Federal Lawsuit Against Occidental Petroleum for Contaminating Amazon Rainforest, Poisoning Communities
Lawsuit to Proceed in U.S. Federal CourtDecember 6, 2010
Los Angeles, California – Indigenous plaintiffs from the Peruvian Amazon won their appeal today in the landmark human rights and environmental contamination lawsuit against U.S. oil giant Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the case should be heard in Los Angeles, Oxy's hometown.
Outspoken Critic of the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil, Bishop Erwin Kräutler Receives "Right Livelihood Award" for a Lifetime of Defending the Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous PeoplesDecember 6, 2010
Belem, Brazil – International Rivers, Amazon Watch and the Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre celebrate the news that Bishop Erwin Kräutler will be one of four recipients of this year's Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize."
Amazon Watch attended the Cancun climate talks where we worked to elevate the voices of our Amazonian Indigenous allies.