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Earth Defenders Under Threat in the Amazon

Across the Amazon, Earth Defenders face threats and attacks for their activism in defense of rivers, forests, the climate, and territorial rights. Amazon Watch is committed to their defense and support through advocacy before national and international authorities, emergency response, communications support to amplify their messages, and more. More

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Ecuador's Government Responds to Demands of the Country's Indigenous Movement

Ecuador's Government Responds to Demands of the Country's Indigenous Movement

September 20, 2017

It has been eight years since Ecuador's indigenous leaders last met with the leader occupying the country's presidential palace. But Ecuador's new president, Lenin Moreno, has taken a different approach, summoning various actors who were considered opponents by the previous government to a "National Dialogue".

Reclaiming Ancestral Territory: The U'wa Return After Years of Displacement

Reclaiming Ancestral Territory: The U'wa Return After Years of Displacement

August 24, 2017

In July, ten U'wa families packed up their belongings and returned to the hamlet known as Río Negro in the municipality of La Salina. Amazon Watch is proudly supporting the return with funds for everyday necessities like soup pots, mosquito nets, and farming tools.

Victory for Indigenous Peoples as Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Attempts To Limit Indigenous Land Rights

Victory for Indigenous Peoples as Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Attempts To Limit Indigenous Land Rights

August 19, 2017

In a major victory for indigenous peoples, Brazil's Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week in favor of indigenous land rights in two separate lawsuits, setting an important legal precedent.

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, 2017Medium

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.

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.

Brazil's Indigenous People Outraged as Agency Targeted in Conservative-led Cuts

Amid budget cuts and threats from conservative lawmakers, the National Indian Foundation, or Funai, is barely able to protect indigenous people and their land

July 10, 2017The Guardian

The Brazilian agency charged with protecting nearly a million indigenous people and their extensive reserves is barely functioning after a debilitating assault from a powerful group of conservative politicians and a cost-cutting government.

Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Destroys Our Common Home

Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Destroys Our Common Home

July 7, 2017Greenpeace

Over 60 uncontacted tribal peoples remain in the Brazilian Amazon. Protecting their independence would also preserve millions of hectares of tropical rainforest.

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.

Politics of Death: Land Conflict and Murder Go "Hand in Hand" in Brazil

Politics of Death: Land Conflict and Murder Go "Hand in Hand" in Brazil

Across Brazil, 61 men and women were killed last year defending land – more murders than any other country

June 20, 2017Reuters

"Since the government has slowed down the recognition of indigenous lands, communities have found themselves in direct conflict... with modernised agribusiness who are intent on using the land for soy or other monocultures."

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Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

On September 27th, 2017 Amazon Watch will hold its annual gala in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve.

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