Eye on the Amazon
  • 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.

  • Women of the Amazon Defend Their Homeland Against New Oil Contract on International Women's Day

    Women of the Amazon Defend Their Homeland Against New Oil Contract on International Women's Day

    March 8, 2016 – "Women are the main victims [of oil extraction] – their ability to feed their families becomes impaired. There is deterioration of family health and they suffer the division of their communities and other forms of violence," women representatives of the Sapara and Shiwiar Nationalities and the Kichwa Kawsak Sacha and Sarayaku Peoples explained in a collective statement.

  • Stand with Amazonian Women!

    Stand with Amazonian Women!

    March 7, 2016 – Tomorrow on #InternationalWomensDay hundreds of indigenous women from the Ecuadorian Amazon will march to protect nearly a million acres of their rainforest territory from an oil deal that Ecuador recently signed with Chinese state-owned oil company Andes Petroleum.

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