Eye on the Amazon
  • U'wa Update: Serious Threats Against Peaceful Mobilization

    U'wa Update: Serious Threats Against Peaceful Mobilization

    March 28, 2016 – There is no legitimate rationale for using violence against the U'wa. They are extreme pacifists by culture (considering the mere presence of weapons in their territory as violence) and have always been transparent about their actions. In this case, they are protecting an ecologically fragile and spiritually significant part of their own territory from damage.

  • Indigenous Women Unite to Defend the Amazon, Mother Earth and Climate Justice

    Indigenous Women Unite to Defend the Amazon, Mother Earth and Climate Justice

    March 24, 2016 – I am filled with hope by the alliance of indigenous Amazonian women who came together in a historic march in defense of the Amazon, Mother Earth and Climate Justice on International Women's Day. It was the first time ever that indigenous Amazonian women from seven nationalities joined forces and marched together in defense of their rights, rainforests and future generations.

  • Protecting Their Sacred Zizuma

    Protecting Their Sacred Zizuma

    Colombia’s U’wa Indigenous Guard Mobilizes

    March 23, 2016 – Taking direct action to defend their territory is a deadly serious proposition for Colombia's indigenous peoples. As such, the current mobilization of the U'wa Indigenous Guard to stop tourists from entering the sacred snow-capped mountain peak of El Cocuy has grabbed national and international attention.

  • Belo Monte a Symbol of Obscene Destruction and Corruption in Brazil

    Belo Monte a Symbol of Obscene Destruction and Corruption in Brazil

    March 17, 2016 – Amazon Watch and our allies have long argued that the Belo Monte mega-dam project made no sense in terms of energy production or economics – especially taking into account the enormous environmental and social destruction it was certain to cause. The dam was constructed despite the steadfast resistance of the affected Kayapo and riverine peoples and in defiance of both national and worldwide condemnation. Time and again Brazil's courts halted its construction and operation only to be ignored or overruled as the Dilma administration pressed on in its relentless efforts to make the Belo Monte monstrosity a symbol of her administration. Ironically, it has now become a symbol of her administration's corruption.

  • Honoring River Defenders: Brazil’s Munduruku People

    Honoring River Defenders: Brazil’s Munduruku People

    March 14, 2016 – In light of last week's damning evidence directly implicating Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Lula da Silva in a kickback scheme, a driving force behind Brazil's dam-building boom has been laid bare: corruption.

  • Happy 20th Birthday, Amazon Watch!

    Happy 20th Birthday, Amazon Watch!

    March 11, 2016 – Twenty years ago today, our founder Atossa Soltani stood face to face with Fernando Cardoso, then the president of Brazil. Atossa knew then that while indigenous peoples represent only four percent of the world's population, they are the guardians and stewards of 80 percent of the world's biodiversity. That's why she founded Amazon Watch on March 11th, 1996, to both protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples.

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