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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.

China's Other Big Export: Pollution

China's Other Big Export: Pollution

July 21, 2017The New York Times

A true climate leader would invest in the preservation of areas of global ecological importance rather than destroy them.

Brazilian Indigenous Group Occupies Amazon Dam, Halts Construction To Demand Rights

July 18, 2017

At dawn on Sunday, July 16th, 200 representatives of the indigenous Munduruku nation occupied the main work camp of the São Manoel hydroelectric dam on the Teles Pires River in the Brazilian Amazon, paralyzing the project.

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.

Unexamined Synergies: Dam Building and Mining Go Together in the Amazon

Unexamined Synergies: Dam Building and Mining Go Together in the Amazon

Forty major dams are planned for the Brazilian Amazon in the next twenty years. Driving the trend are the high-energy demands of a powerful mining industry and mineral export businesses.

June 22, 2017Mongabay

"The truth is that installing a hydropower dam provokes the installation of mining projects. This never, or extremely rarely, is integrated into the licensing process as a synergetic effect."

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.

Long Road Ahead To Indigenous Land and Forest Rights in Peru

Long Road Ahead To Indigenous Land and Forest Rights in Peru

Regulatory reforms encounter both progress and setbacks

June 21, 2017CIFOR

"It’s important that there is a clear road map, so the benefits of land and forest tenure reforms reach the communities they were meant to benefit."

Amazon Forest Endangered Despite Brazilian President's Vetoes of Environmental Protection Reductions

President Temer caves to pressure from Brazil's agribusiness lobby, threatening vast forests

June 21, 2017

In a letter denouncing the president for using the vetoes to obscure his intention to reduce forest protections through other means, a group of Brazilian and international NGOs warned that ruralista lawmakers would likely amend the new legislation to slash the protections on an even greater area of forest.

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.

Oakland Moves To Divest from Banks Violating Indigenous Sovereignty

Oakland Moves To Divest from Banks Violating Indigenous Sovereignty

June 14, 2017

While President Trump continues to impede progress towards battling climate change, the City of Oakland – Amazon Watch's hometown – took an important step yesterday toward divesting city funds from banks that fund fossil fuels, violation of indigenous sovereignty, and mass incarceration.

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