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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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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."

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.

"This Is My Land": The Indigenous Women Chiefs Protecting the Amazon

"This Is My Land": The Indigenous Women Chiefs Protecting the Amazon

For decades, Brazil's Kayapo tribe has battled deforestation of their home. Now women are at the frontlines of the fight to save the rainforest.

June 15, 2017Broadly

Chiefs such as Tuire at the forefront of protests against illegal logging and mining, and have proved themselves to be valuable leaders and passionate, brave spokespeople.

Temer Faces Political Test Over Amazon Bill

Activists say environment held hostage to Brazil's worsening political crisis

June 12, 2017The Financial Times

President Michel Temer must choose whether or not to sign a bill freeing up a large section of the Amazon to agriculture, as Brazilian activists warn that the country's environmental commitments could be sacrificed to demands fuelled by its political crisis.

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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