Eye on the Amazon
  • Oil Exploration Is No Way To Protect Indigenous Culture and Territories

    Oil Exploration Is No Way To Protect Indigenous Culture and Territories

    The Sápara culture was declared a Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001. In 2017, it is still in grave danger of being destroyed by fossil fuel exploration.

    July 31, 2017 – Even being recognized by the UN as a Patrimony of Humanity has not been sufficient to protect the culture and territory of the Sápara people, who face continued threats from oil drilling in their rainforest homes in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

  • We Are Made of the Sacred!

    We Are Made of the Sacred!

    Munduruku people confirm they will return to occupy dam construction sites in the Amazon if indigenous rights continue to be violated

    July 26, 2017 – A mobilization of the Munduruku people, which began two months ago by women concerned with defending sacred places and indigenous rights and led to an occupation of the construction site of the São Manoel hydroelectric dam project, ended on Friday. The Munduruku, however, have made it clear that their struggle continues.

  • Desperate to Save His Job, Brazil's President Temer Escalates Assault on Indigenous Peoples and Amazonian Forests

    Desperate to Save His Job, Brazil's President Temer Escalates Assault on Indigenous Peoples and Amazonian Forests

    July 21, 2017 – President Temer is personally driving an unprecedented series of assaults on human rights and environmental protection in Brazil. His actions must be categorically denounced as they portend disaster for native peoples, endangered biomes such as the Amazon, and humanity as a whole.

  • How We Win: Speak Truth to Power and Build Solidarity

    How We Win: Speak Truth to Power and Build Solidarity

    July 19, 2017 – "Andes Petroleum will have the blood of my people on their hands if it doesn't stay out of our sacred rainforest.,"

  • Ecuadorian Government Refuses To Appear at Hearing on Threat of Extractive Industry to Indigenous Peoples

    Ecuadorian Government Refuses To Appear at Hearing on Threat of Extractive Industry to Indigenous Peoples

    July 14, 2017 – The absence of government representatives at the hearing doesn’t bode well for such a visit, nor for an improvement in respect for human rights in the country. Hopefully, the new government will soon remember that, as a member of the Organization of American States, it’s not an option but an obligation to participate in the IACHR.

  • Keep It in the Ground: From Ecuador to California

    Keep It in the Ground: From Ecuador to California

    June 26, 2017 – Last year, about 10% of the oil processed by California refineries came from the Amazon basin. This represents about half of the oil exported from the region. In other words, California refineries are collectively the largest consumers of Amazon oil in the world.

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