More About Sarayaku
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
On July 17, Oliver Utne, a U.S. citizen residing in Ecuador with a valid visa, was abruptly questioned, detained, and forced to leave the country after being targeted by Ecuadorian immigration officials. Utne had been living in the country for several years and coordinating an innovative solar canoe project with the Achuar indigenous people.
Sarayaku has reported a buildup of military forces and the existence of plans to invade the community. Ecuador's Ministry of Defense denies these claims. In a national TV address over the weekend, President Correa threatened to declare a state of emergency.
Ecuadorian journalist Fernando Villavicencio speaks to David Hill about why he has sought refuge among indigenous group SarayakuMay 12, 2014New Internationalist
The people of Sarayaku have decided to protect us because they consider us persecuted for political reasons, but now a military and police assault is being prepared which could lead to clashes with terrible consequences. Those responsible for what happens now in Sarayaku – which has announced it will not permit any soldiers or police to cross into its land – are president Rafael Correa and those implementing the prison sentences which the Inter-Commission has requested to be suspended.
The leaders of the indigenous Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku condemn the assault and harassment of its people by the police and military forces in response to the sovereign decision of Sarayaku to provide sanctuary for Congressman Cléver Jimenez, journalist Fernando Villavicencio, and Dr. Carlos Figueroa, who are persecuted by the government despite having precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Commission.
Women activists and leaders have been at the core of the environmental movement since its inceptionJanuary 14, 2014Earth 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.
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.
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.
On International Human Rights Day, the call for immediate reversal is echoed globallyDecember 10, 2013Fundación Pachamama
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.
Coalition trying to stop development of oil fields, some inside Unesco-recognized parkDecember 10, 2013Wall 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.
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.