Eye on the Amazon
  • 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.

  • Amazon's Forests Still Endangered Despite Brazilian President's Vetoes of Environmental Protection Rollbacks

    Amazon's Forests Still Endangered Despite Brazilian President's Vetoes of Environmental Protection Rollbacks

    June 22, 2017 – While the vetoes seemed a concession to demands from his Environmental Minister and a coalition of environmental and human rights organizations, they now appear to be mere greenwash of the government's anti-environment agenda and and an attempt distract the public from its alarming assault on the Amazon.

  • UN Experts Slam Brazilian Government's Attacks on Indigenous Rights

    UN Experts Slam Brazilian Government's Attacks on Indigenous Rights

    June 15, 2017 – In response to the deepening human rights crisis gripping Brazil, last week a group of experts from the UN and IACHR forcefully denounced President Temer's administration and the agribusiness-affiliated ruralista congressional bloc for leading the assault on the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • Oakland Moves To Divest from Banks Violating Indigenous Sovereignty

    Oakland Moves To Divest from Banks Violating Indigenous Sovereignty

    June 14, 2017 – While President Trump continues to impede progress towards battling climate change, the City of Oakland – Amazon Watch's hometown – took an important step yesterday toward divesting city funds from banks that fund fossil fuels, violation of indigenous sovereignty, and mass incarceration.

  • Resistance and Risk in the Peruvian Amazon

    Resistance and Risk in the Peruvian Amazon

    Oil Palm Plantations Threaten Rights and Rainforests

    June 6, 2017 – The expansion of oil palm plantations is an emerging threat to the Amazon in Peru and beyond. The rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia have been devastated by oil palm, a legacy that does not bode well for the Western Hemisphere.

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