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Sarayaku: People of the Zenith

As in other parts of the Amazon, the Ecuadorian government imposed oil concession blocks in Sarayaku territory without their permission. They only learned that their land had been opened for oil exploration when the helicopters arrived, followed by the men with guns. But instead of becoming another story of pollution and devastation, the story of Sarayaku has been one of resistance. More

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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.

Illegal Logging and Hunting Threaten Yasuní Isolated Indigenous Groups

Illegal Logging and Hunting Threaten Yasuní Isolated Indigenous Groups

A preliminary copy of a report prepared by three environmental institutions and indigenous groups finds Yasuní National Park and the Tagaeri-Taromenane Intangible Zone (ZITT), home to isolated indigenous groups, have become hotspots of illegal logging and hunting.

June 22, 2017Mongabay

In the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, on its border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing what they say is an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting.

Stop Fueling Amazon Destruction

Stop Fueling Amazon Destruction

How Corporate Leaders Can Eliminate Their Use of Amazon Crude

June 2017

Extracting crude oil from the western Amazon Basin threatens ecologically- and culturally-sensitive ecosystems critical to global climate stability. California is the largest single importer and processor of this fuel. Therefore, brand-name retailers with significant operations in California have a critical role to play in reducing U.S. demand for Amazon crude.

Indigenous Mobilization Results in Steps To End Criminalization in Ecuador

Indigenous Mobilization Results in Steps To End Criminalization in Ecuador

May 31, 2017

Although this isn't a full victory, it marks a significant step in the right direction toward ending the criminalization of indigenous protest in Ecuador and is a clear demonstration of the power of mass mobilization and international support.

Ecuador Election: No Good Option for the Amazon

Ecuador Election: No Good Option for the Amazon

March 31, 2017

Regardless of who wins, the response to the escalated social conflicts over extractive industry projects, rollback of indigenous rights, and criminalization of civil society protest will be an early and pressing challenge for the incoming administration.

The Controversy That Could Swing Ecuador's Election

Outgoing President Rafael Correa's mining deals have alienated groups that once supported him. That could cost his heir apparent on Sunday.

March 29, 2017Americas Quarterly

Indigenous people make up as much as 30 percent of Ecuador's 16.5 million citizens, and their swing to Lasso could be the deciding factor in the run-off elections.

Visiting Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Nahko of Medicine for the People

Visiting Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Nahko of Medicine for the People

March 24, 2017

Nahko has long been connecting his own indigenous roots – he is of Apache descent, as well Puerto Rican, and Filipino and Guam heritage – with indigenous peoples and social movements across North America and beyond wherever the band tours, linking struggles to defend the sacred, protect water, and life.

Musician and Activist Nahko Travels To the Amazon To Build Bridges of Indigenous Solidarity

Musician and Activist Nahko Travels To the Amazon To Build Bridges of Indigenous Solidarity

Nahko visits Ecuador's remote Amazon rainforest to use music and cultural exchange to connect indigenous resistance movements from Mount Shasta to Standing Rock to the Amazon

March 23, 2017

Nahko, the musician and frontman of Medicine for the People, and his bandmate Patricio Zuñiga Labarca have just returned to the U.S. after a week in Ecuador, where they visited the pristine rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon and met with indigenous leaders and communities to hear first hand about local efforts to protect their rights, forests, and cultures, and shared stories and empowerment through music.

Native Nations Rise: Indigenous Solidarity in Action

Native Nations Rise: Indigenous Solidarity in Action

March 16, 2017

Last week thousands of indigenous activists and allies traveled to Washington, DC for the Native Nations Rise march, convened by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and grassroots indigenous leaders. It was an important moment to bring the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline to the doorstep of the White House, stating unequivocally that far from being over, the North America-wide struggle for indigenous self-determination is kicking into an even higher gear.

Amazon Threatened by China-Ecuador Loans for Oil

Amazon Threatened by China-Ecuador Loans for Oil

Ecuador's incoming President must review the oil deals harming the country's economy and ecology

March 7, 2017China Dialogue

Meeting contractual loan payments with oil is a major driver behind Ecuador's effort to open up new, pristine Amazon indigenous rainforest territory to oil drilling. All this new drilling has led to massive impacts in the Amazon rainforest that have been dire both for its world-renowned biodiversity and its indigenous peoples.

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Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

On September 27th, 2017 Amazon Watch will hold its annual gala in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve.

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