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At Amazon Watch we are extremely proud of the relationship of solidarity we have built with the U’wa, who continue to amaze and inspire us.
From North to South America and around the world, the ascendency of authoritarian leaders portends dangerous days ahead. Yet at the same time, remarkable stories continue to emerge of determined resistance to these brutal regressions, led by the continent's indigenous peoples from the Amazon to Standing Rock.
For the majority of Colombians, and for those who have worked on human rights in Colombia, the conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions can't end soon enough.
In the face of direct attempts by the government to subvert its leadership and the continued encroachment of oil and mineral exploitation further into the Amazon, an organized, strengthened CONFENIAE is critical to the defense of Amazonian peoples and lands, and needs our support.
After five lackluster years under President Ollanta Humala, Peru is facing a new political scenario with the ascension of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to the presidency. Here are some of the flashpoints Amazon Watch will be monitoring in the coming months and years.
Failure to protect indigenous land rights in the Amazon region is undermining the safeguarding of forests and the reduction of emissionsOctober 19, 2016Climate News Network
“Not only is securing land tenure the right thing to do, it’s one of the world’s most cost-effective climate mitigation strategies”
Top Altamira environmental official Luiz Alberto Araújo, shot dead in front of family; he assisted in illegal logging investigations, Belo Monte dam inquiryOctober 17, 2016Mongabay
Araújo is the latest in a long list of environmentalists assassinated in Brazil. According to the NGO Global Witness, 448 environmentalists were killed in Brazil from 2002-2013. This was half of the total killed worldwide.
There are currently over 60 major hydroelectric dam projects in the Amazon. The third largest project is the Belo Monte on the Xingu River, Brazil, which has already displaced 20,000 indigenous and riverine people.
Amazon Watch Welcomes Acquittals in Peru's Baguazo Case, But Denounces Ongoing Impunity for Real PerpetratorsSeptember 23, 2016
Washington, DC – Late yesterday, Peru's Superior Court of Justice of the Amazonas region announced the long-anticipated verdict in the Baguazo trial, throwing out for lack of evidence all charges against the 52 indigenous defendants in the case, including internationally-recognized leaders Alberto Pizango and Santiago Manuin.
Amazon plants could lead to breakthroughs in antiseptics, medicines and anti-inflammatory drugs if coupled with new technologies, study saysSeptember 16, 2016Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Amazon rainforest holds the biological keys to kick-start a "fourth industrial revolution" if its biodiversity is protected, said a study published on Friday.