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Advancing Indigenous Rights

The Amazon rainforest is home to nearly 400 distinct indigenous groups. These peoples depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and cultural survival, and have been its steward for millennia. Amazon Watch works in long-term partnership with indigenous communities and environmental organizations to strengthen their capacity to advocate for their rights and protect rainforest territories. More

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Two Decades of Fellowship with the U'wa People of Colombia

Two Decades of Fellowship with the U'wa People of Colombia

October 20, 2017

"The power of our struggle and resistance in defense of our worldview ... has guaranteed that we have not faltered."

My First Decade at Amazon Watch

My First Decade at Amazon Watch

October 19, 2017

Over ten years, I have been privileged to play a role in most of the organization's major campaign initiatives. While the moments of exhilaration, frustration, learning, anger, and beauty could fill a book, I want to share ten snapshots of key experiences that represent what serving with Amazon Watch has meant to me.

Signs of Lasting Trauma in People Evicted to Make Way for Giant Mine in Ecuador

Signs of Lasting Trauma in People Evicted to Make Way for Giant Mine in Ecuador

Battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report says

October 17, 2017The Guardian

"This development model impacts communities. The mine displaces people, and the impact is direct. It's this industry that makes children lack nutrition."

Record Amazon Fires Stun Scientists; Sign of Sick, Degraded Forests

Record Amazon Fires Stun Scientists; Sign of Sick, Degraded Forests

October 11, 2017Mongabay

"The very agents of wanton destruction of the Amazon are now controlling the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and working day and night to increase deforestation and degradation via bills and acts that are being tolerated by the judiciary."

When Defending the Land Becomes a Crime

When Defending the Land Becomes a Crime

How legal and police systems across the Amazon and throughout Latin America criminalize environmental activists and indigenous peoples – and justify attacks against them

October 5, 2017

"At the end of the day resistance is an ethical struggle. It is a struggle we must take up. Resistance is a principle of justice, especially when we see that the people are suffering."

Brazil's National Indigenous Movement: Resolute in Times of Crisis

Brazil's National Indigenous Movement: Resolute in Times of Crisis

Brazil's indigenous people face mounting threats under President Temer, yet recent collective, high-profile efforts have seen some success in the fight for their lands

October 5, 2017openDemocracy

Given its recent impressive and successful record at resisting an onslaught of attacks, Brazil's National Indigenous Movement should inspire anyone resisting regressive governments around the world.

Brazil's Mega Hydro Plan Foreshadows China's Growing Impact on the Amazon

Brazil's Mega Hydro Plan Foreshadows China's Growing Impact on the Amazon

The government wants to open up the Tapajós basin Рan area the size of France Рfor trade with China. But the indigenous Munduruku won't let it happen without a fight.

October 5, 2017The Guardian

"Support of projects that result in rainforest destruction undermines China's efforts to position itself as a leader in the global fight against climate change."

Threatened Indigenous Community in Peruvian Amazon Receives Support from Around the World

International grassroots petitions signed by tens of thousands urge protection of Shipibo Community in Santa Clara de Uchunya

October 3, 2017

Washington, DC – Peruvian authorities must take urgent steps to end land grabbing, deforestation, and political killings of indigenous leaders in the Ucayali region, thousands of individuals stated in international grassroots petitions published today.

Amazon in Focus 2017

Amazon in Focus 2017

Fall 2017

Since its beginning, Amazon Watch has been deeply committed to defending indigenous peoples' rights and territories, for they are the best guardians of their rainforest homes. We stand with the U'wa of Colombia who inspired the world with their call to protect their sacred territory and keep the blood of Mother Earth in the ground. We stand with the Kichwa of Sarayaku who expelled oil companies and the military from their territory and won a historic case against the Ecuadorian government for violating their rights. We stood with the communities devastated by Chevron and Occidental petroleum and won. We also stood with the Xingu's indigenous and riverine communities to resist the construction of Belo Monte Dam when others had given up.

Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

September 28, 2017

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us on September 27th, 2017 for our annual gala - Amplify! A celebration of voices from the Amazon.

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