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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 »

Amazon Women: On the Front Lines of Grassroots Climate Leadership

Amazon Women: On the Front Lines of Grassroots Climate Leadership

Women activists and leaders have been at the core of the environmental movement since its inception

January 14, 2014 | Earth Island Journal

Women in leadership positions who are working for environmental and social justice are not only reshaping our world by addressing the issues, they're also fundamentally changing the terrain of our institutions by introducing more effective leadership qualities, and by shifting and transforming our systems from the inside out.More »

Rights Versus Resources in the Amazon

Rights Versus Resources in the Amazon

January 13, 2014 | Blog Post

Until the demand for extreme crude decreases, the conflict between rights and resources will continue, at the expense of indigenous peoples, the forest and our planet.More »

Ecuador Cracks Down on Indigenous Leaders Opposed to Oil

Ecuador Cracks Down on Indigenous Leaders Opposed to Oil

January 10, 2014 | Blog Post

After attacking some of their closest allies, the Ecuadorian government is now attempting to take down Ecuador's indigenous leaders who are committed to defending their territory from any oil development plans.More »

Over 100 International Organizations Standing in Solidarity with Fundación Pachamama

On International Human Rights Day, the call for immediate reversal is echoed globally

December 10, 2013 | Fundación Pachamama | Press Release

Last week's dissolution by the Ecuadorian government of the NGO, Fundación Pachamama, has resulted in an outcry of international support from organizations around the world, calling for the immediate reversal of what they agree was an illegal act to repress civil liberties.More »

Opponents of Ecuador Oil Plan Advance Toward Referendum

Coalition trying to stop development of oil fields, some inside Unesco-recognized park

December 10, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Quito, Ecuador – A coalition of citizen groups and nongovernment organizations opposed to the development of the ITT oil block said it has collected about half the signatures needed to request a national referendum that could block the drilling. Amazon basin.More »

Amazon Watch Statement of Support for Fundación Pachamama Ecuador

December 6, 2013 | Press Release

Amazon Watch deplores the arbitrary shut down of our ally organization Fundación Pachamama, a non-governmental organization dedicated to human rights and the rights of nature. We respectfully call on President Correa and the Ecuadorian authorities to respect human rights, reinstate Fundación Pachamama, and end the crackdown on democracy and open society.More »

Ecuadorian Government Responds with Crackdown Following 11th Round Failure

Ecuadorian Government Responds with Crackdown Following 11th Round Failure

International solidarity needed!

December 5, 2013 | Blog Post

President Correa has cracked down on indigenous leaders, organizations and NGOs, including Fundación Pachamama whose offices were shut down yesterday.More »

Ecuador Shuts Down Nonprofit Environmental Group

December 5, 2013 | Associated Press

"We consider it an act of violence," foundation director Belen Paez said. "That is not how one notifies a legally constituted organization that it is being shut down."More »

Fundación Pachamama Statement on Shutdown of Their Offices

Fundación Pachamama Statement on Shutdown of Their Offices

December 4, 2013 | Fundación Pachamama

We will not allow this aggression of which we have been victim to divert attention and debate away from the underlying issue. This is a violation of the collective rights of indigenous Amazonian peoples and the rights of nature, for an oil round that is against the will of the rightful owners of the affected territories.More »

Ecuador Shuts Down Environmental NGO

Government accuses group of involvement in protests against an oil license round

December 4, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

"We are peaceful," said Joke Baert, a Pachamama spokeswoman. "We defend human rights and we have never promoted or supported violence. The government should carry out a deep investigation."More »

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