Eye on the Amazon
  • Indigenous Communities Reject "Consultation" in Blocks 74 & 75

    Indigenous Communities Reject "Consultation" in Blocks 74 & 75

    June 10, 2015 – Last month in direct violation of its own laws on "free, prior, and informed consultation" Ecuadorian government officials and oil company technicians entered oil blocks 74 and 75 in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, without informing many of the communities whose ancestral territory the blocks overlap, in what appears to be part of a plan to pull apart the Kichwa territory in the Bobonazo river basin.

  • China: Don't Drill the Amazon!

    China: Don't Drill the Amazon!

    June 5, 2015 – In May, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited South America and indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian Amazon urged him not to drill for oil in their territory. In 2013, Li promised to use an "iron fist" to punish companies that destroy the environment. Support indigenous communities, ask Li to live up to his promise and to cancel China's plans to drill the Amazon.

  • In Pictures: U'wa Majestic Territory

    In Pictures: U'wa Majestic Territory

    June 3, 2015 – The U'wa are an extraordinary people, paralleled by the amazing territory they call home. With this photo gallery – featuring images taken by the U'wa themselves – we hope to take you on a visual journey into the majestic lands they are defending. Not only are these breathtaking landscapes, each of these places holds a profound spiritual and cultural significance to the U'wa.

  • Same Chevron Shareholder Circus? Look Closer!

    Same Chevron Shareholder Circus? Look Closer!

    Amazon Watch and the True Cost of Chevron network take on Chevron management.

    May 28, 2015 – The circus of lies, denial and propaganda videos that has become the Chevron annual shareholder meeting took place at Chevron's San Ramon, California headquarters once again yesterday. Not surprisingly, Chevron's lies about its Ecuador fiasco were recycled from years past – many of which seem to be nearing their expiration date.

  • Tensions Run High As Consultation Process for Peru's Biggest Oil Block Finally Begins

    Tensions Run High As Consultation Process for Peru's Biggest Oil Block Finally Begins

    May 27, 2015 – The last few days have seen the start of a process to decide the future of a territory that has been subjected to oil exploration for the last 40+ years – namely, oil block 192 (formally called 1AB) that spans three river basins (Tigre, Corrientes, Pastaza) and is home to over 100 indigenous communities.

  • Secoya Leader and Coalition Confront Chevron at Headquarters

    Secoya Leader and Coalition Confront Chevron at Headquarters

    May 26, 2015 – Amazon Watch is proud to once again support Humberto Piaguaje, a longtime indigenous partner and courageous leader of the Secoya people in Ecuador, and a growing coalition of communities affected by Chevron's operations in denouncing the company's atrocious pattern of human rights abuses, environmental destruction and attacks on democracy at their annual shareholders meeting tomorrow in San Ramon, CA.

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