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The Peruvian Amazon, the fourth largest expanse of tropical rainforest in the world, is home to thousands of indigenous peoples speaking dozens of languages, including some of the last groups living with little or no direct contact with the outside world. Tragically, since 2003 nearly three quarters of the Peruvian Amazon has been leased to the international oil industry for the highest bid. More
Indigenous protesters in Peru seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block on Tuesday and said they also planned to halt output in a neighboring concession to press the government to address pollution and compensation demands.
This excellent short film about the Achuar of Peru makes it clearAugust 27, 2015
Amazon Watch works hard to ensure that indigenous spokespeople are featured in media coverage related to their lands and rights, but rarely do we see a film 100% in their voice. That's why we're so eager for you to watch and share the film.
According to Andrew E. Miller, with Amazon Watch, community-based documentation of the ongoing pollution in the region led to four rivers being declared "environmental emergency zones" by Peru's Environment Minister, though he told Fusion that "few actions were taken to actually address the crisis."
Racist portrayals of indigenous people are sadly all too common. "The Green Inferno" takes it up a notch. Why just feature tribal savages of long ago when you can set the story in modern times and show the tribe actually eating people?
On August 5th, Peru's largest indigenous federation AIDESEP spoke out against the racist depictions of Amazonian indigenous peoples in Eli Roth's upcoming movie The Green Inferno. Amazon Watch, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, supports that statement and adds its voice to the growing chorus of condemnation.
We are deeply appreciative for the honor of collaborating with indigenous peoples, organizations, and activists, from around the Amazon rainforest and elsewhere. It is extraordinary to find common cause in high-stakes human dramas that, we believe, will help shape the future of the entire planet.
The upcoming release of the movie The Green Inferno is of concern to the indigenous organizations that defend these peoples, given that its images portray a banal and erroneous image of isolated indigenous peoples.
"I've seen a publicity campaign saying that Pluspetrol is working hand-in-hand with the communities, that they protect the environment, our health, our children. It makes me ashamed for them to see this advertising they aren't living up to. They don't care. What's more, they won't admit all the bad things they have done. The people who don't live here might believe the campaign, but the people from the communities don't believe it because they live here."
The Peruvian State does not respond properly to the communities and indigenous federations suspend the dialogue until July 23rdJuly 18, 2015PUINAMUDT
Puinamudt, Peru – Lack of a clear and precise response from the State regarding the demands of the communities from the Pastaza and Corrientes river basins (represented by the FEDIQUEP and FECONACO indigenous federations, respectively) has generated conflict during the most recent phase of dialogue related to the Block 192 consultations.
Initiating “controlled contact” with indigenous peoples in the Amazon would violate their rights and threaten their livesJuly 8, 2015The Guardian
Usually the indigenous peoples living in the remotest Amazon only draw international media attention if certain kinds of photos or film footage emerge, as in mid-2014, or they raid a village or, tragically, kill someone, as happened on 1 May. Many media reports misinform as much as inform: factual errors, no context and all kinds of sensationalism. 'Lost tribe!' 'First contact!'