News & Multimedia from 2016

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U.N. Experts Slam Ecuador Over Forced Closure of Land Rights Group

December 30, 2016Reuters

The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home.

Shuar Tribe Face Government in Amazon Mining Protests

Ecuador's Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their land

December 29, 2016Al Jazeera

With a 30-day state of exception imposed across the entire Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, the government has reportedly mobilised up to 1,000 military and police personnel to protect the mining camp and hunt down what top officials have called an "illegally armed group" that they say does not represent the Shuar nation.

Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

December 29, 2016

While the political climate has dramatically changed in 2016, we remain ever-committed to advancing our work in defense of the Amazon, in support of indigenous peoples rights and territories, and in growing the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just transition to renewables.

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

December 23, 2016

Ecuador became an even more difficult place to be a defender of indigenous rights and the environment in recent days. You would think a country with constitutionally-enshrined protections for Mother Nature would support and encourage indigenous and environmental rights defenders, but sadly that is not the case, and it has implications for the global climate change movement.

CONAIE Statement on the Militarization of Shuar Territory and the Detention of Agustín Wachapá

December 22, 2016

We are grateful for the solidarity of the Ecuadorian people and indigenous peoples' organizations, human rights throughout Latin America and the world, and call on the international community to be alert and vigilant to what happens in Ecuador, especially with our sisters and brothers of Shuar Nationality whose territory, life, and survival are in danger.

Temer Government Set To Overthrow Brazil's Environmental Agenda

Temer Government Set To Overthrow Brazil's Environmental Agenda

Brazil’s powerful agribusiness lobby is pushing a raft of new laws to set back environmental and indigenous protections by 30 years

December 21, 2016Mongabay

Brazil's conservative National Congress has rushed to pass a wave of legislative initiatives, which taken all together, would dismantle much of the nation's body of law protecting the environment and indigenous people – an effort likely to escalate in 2017.

Ecuador Moves To Close Leading Environmental Organization as Part of Crackdown on Civil Society

Reprisal comes after the group's public defense of Shuar indigenous peoples in conflict over Chinese copper mine

December 21, 2016

Ecuador's Environment Ministry announced yesterday its intention to shutter Acción Ecológica, the country's leading grassroots environmental organization. The move is a clear reprisal to the group's efforts to raise awareness about environmental and indigenous rights concerns over a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon. Then yesterday evening the national police raided the offices of the Shuar federation, FICSH, detaining its president, Agustín Wachapa.

Urgent Statement Regarding the Ecuadorian Government's Move to Close Acción Ecológica

December 20, 2016

Acción Ecológica denounces the request made to set in motion an administrative procedure that would dissolve our organization on the grounds that we have deviated from the aims for which we were constituted.

Peruvian Indigenous Federation Tells Oil Company: Stay Out of Our Territory

The Achuar federation, representing 45 communities within Block 64 in the northern Peruvian Amazon, publicly bans Chilean oil company GeoPark from entering their territory

December 20, 2016

"We have lived through the bad experience of damages to our habitat, health, and life as a result of activities related to the Northern Peruvian Oil Pipeline and activities of the oil company Talisman, from which there continue to be environmental liabilities, in part within our territory, that to date have not been remediated," the Achuar wrote in the statement. "Given this we have taken the firm decision to not permit any oil activity within our territory."

Amazon Watch Statement on Recent Events in Shuar Territory in Nankints

December 20, 2016

Amazon Watch is concerned about the escalating tensions between the Shuar community of Nankints, the government, and the Chinese mining consortium EXSA (Ecuacorriente and Explorcobres).

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