The Achuar and Shuar of Ecuador

In southeast Ecuador reaching to the border with Peru lies hundreds of thousands of acres of road-less rainforest belonging to the Achuar and Shuar, two indigenous groups that have also fought off industrial-scale, natural resource extraction and threats to their lands and way of life. More

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NGO Targeted by Ecuadorian Government for Shutdown To Remain Open

Decisive victory for Acción Ecológica, but repression continues of indigenous communities protesting mining on their territories

January 13, 2017

"We believe that justice has been done, and we will continue to work with the same courage and strength to defend the rights of nature and the rights of the people as we have been doing for 30 years," said Alexandra Almeida, the group's president.

Letter from the Shuar Arutam People to the Country and the World

January 4, 2017

As many of you know, recent days have been very dangerous for our people. These days have not yet ended and are, indeed, probably only the beginning of a great territorial dispute initiated by the National Government against the Shuar Arutam People.

U.N. Experts Slam Ecuador Over Forced Closure of Land Rights Group

December 30, 2016Reuters

The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home.

Shuar Tribe Face Government in Amazon Mining Protests

Ecuador's Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their land

December 29, 2016Al Jazeera

With a 30-day state of exception imposed across the entire Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, the government has reportedly mobilised up to 1,000 military and police personnel to protect the mining camp and hunt down what top officials have called an "illegally armed group" that they say does not represent the Shuar nation.

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

December 23, 2016

Ecuador became an even more difficult place to be a defender of indigenous rights and the environment in recent days. You would think a country with constitutionally-enshrined protections for Mother Nature would support and encourage indigenous and environmental rights defenders, but sadly that is not the case, and it has implications for the global climate change movement.

CONAIE Statement on the Militarization of Shuar Territory and the Detention of Agustín Wachapá

December 22, 2016

We are grateful for the solidarity of the Ecuadorian people and indigenous peoples' organizations, human rights throughout Latin America and the world, and call on the international community to be alert and vigilant to what happens in Ecuador, especially with our sisters and brothers of Shuar Nationality whose territory, life, and survival are in danger.

Ecuador Moves To Close Leading Environmental Organization as Part of Crackdown on Civil Society

Reprisal comes after the group's public defense of Shuar indigenous peoples in conflict over Chinese copper mine

December 21, 2016

Ecuador's Environment Ministry announced yesterday its intention to shutter Acción Ecológica, the country's leading grassroots environmental organization. The move is a clear reprisal to the group's efforts to raise awareness about environmental and indigenous rights concerns over a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon. Then yesterday evening the national police raided the offices of the Shuar federation, FICSH, detaining its president, Agustín Wachapa.

Urgent Statement Regarding the Ecuadorian Government's Move to Close Acción Ecológica

December 20, 2016

Acción Ecológica denounces the request made to set in motion an administrative procedure that would dissolve our organization on the grounds that we have deviated from the aims for which we were constituted.

Amazon Watch Statement on Recent Events in Shuar Territory in Nankints

December 20, 2016

Amazon Watch is concerned about the escalating tensions between the Shuar community of Nankints, the government, and the Chinese mining consortium EXSA (Ecuacorriente and Explorcobres).

Joint Declaration from CONAIE and CONFENIAE on the Recent Events in Nankints, Morona Santiago

Joint Declaration from CONAIE and CONFENIAE on the Recent Events in Nankints, Morona Santiago

December 14, 2016

We reiterate our request to national and international human rights organizations to collaborate in protecting the rights, life and integrity of the Shuar community and of all [people] involved in this situation, and we call for the solidarity of the people to demand the demilitarization and a cease of the violent actions that benefit the Chinese companies.

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