Ecuador

Ecuador's Amazon rainforest contains some of the planet's most bio-diverse ecosystems and are home to thousands of indigenous peoples who have lived there for millennia. Below the surface of this fragile jungle also lay reserves of crude oil and natural gas, the ever-growing demand for which threatens the environment and the indigenous communities that inhabit it. More

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Women for Climate Justice To Raise Their Voices at the Women's March on Washington

January 18, 2017

On January 21st, a coalition of diverse women's groups, climate justice leaders and individuals will unite and march as 'Women for Climate Justice', sending a clear message to the new U.S. Administration that women are gravely concerned about the accelerating impacts of climate change, and the implications of a U.S. Administration that promotes climate skepticism,

NGO Targeted by Ecuadorian Government for Shutdown To Remain Open

Decisive victory for Acción Ecológica, but repression continues of indigenous communities protesting mining on their territories

January 13, 2017

"We believe that justice has been done, and we will continue to work with the same courage and strength to defend the rights of nature and the rights of the people as we have been doing for 30 years," said Alexandra Almeida, the group's president.

Breaking Precious Ground

Breaking Precious Ground

Ecuador's Yasuní National Park may be the world's richest rainforest. What will become of it now that oil extraction has begun?

January 10, 2017bioGraphic

Just this past spring, in a move that shocked the international conservation community, Ecuador began trucking the first barrels of crude out of Yasuní. Is this the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems?

Chevron's Massive Pollution in Ecuador Frames Death of Legendary Nurse Rosa Moreno

Chevron's Massive Pollution in Ecuador Frames Death of Legendary Nurse Rosa Moreno

January 5, 2017The Chevron Pit

Rosa Moreno, the legendary nurse in Ecuador who spent three decades treating children and others afflicted with cancer in the area of Chevron's oil pollution in the Amazon rainforest, has now herself succumbed to cancer. One might reasonably question whether Chevron's refusal to clean up its pollution in Ecuador played a role in this tragic event.

Letter from the Shuar Arutam People to the Country and the World

January 4, 2017

As many of you know, recent days have been very dangerous for our people. These days have not yet ended and are, indeed, probably only the beginning of a great territorial dispute initiated by the National Government against the Shuar Arutam People.

U.N. Experts Slam Ecuador Over Forced Closure of Land Rights Group

December 30, 2016Reuters

The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home.

Shuar Tribe Face Government in Amazon Mining Protests

Ecuador's Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their land

December 29, 2016Al Jazeera

With a 30-day state of exception imposed across the entire Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, the government has reportedly mobilised up to 1,000 military and police personnel to protect the mining camp and hunt down what top officials have called an "illegally armed group" that they say does not represent the Shuar nation.

Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

Reflecting and Recommitting to Defending Our Rights and Mother Earth

December 29, 2016

While the political climate has dramatically changed in 2016, we remain ever-committed to advancing our work in defense of the Amazon, in support of indigenous peoples rights and territories, and in growing the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just transition to renewables.

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

December 23, 2016

Ecuador became an even more difficult place to be a defender of indigenous rights and the environment in recent days. You would think a country with constitutionally-enshrined protections for Mother Nature would support and encourage indigenous and environmental rights defenders, but sadly that is not the case, and it has implications for the global climate change movement.

CONAIE Statement on the Militarization of Shuar Territory and the Detention of Agustín Wachapá

December 22, 2016

We are grateful for the solidarity of the Ecuadorian people and indigenous peoples' organizations, human rights throughout Latin America and the world, and call on the international community to be alert and vigilant to what happens in Ecuador, especially with our sisters and brothers of Shuar Nationality whose territory, life, and survival are in danger.

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