The U'wa People of Colombia's Cloud Forests

The U'wa are a peaceful culture of more than 6,200 people who live in the remote Andes of northeastern Colombia, along the border with Venezuela. Both the U'wa and the cloud forest they inhabit are among the last of their kind in the world. However, the U'wa way of life is now jeopardized by oil, gas, and mining concessions. More

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What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace

What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace

March 3, 2015Indian Country Today

I live in a country which spends a third of my tax dollars on the military, so I do not know actually how peace is found. So say that you wanted peace. How would that work out?

2015 Achievements and Priorities

2015 Achievements and Priorities

February 2015

It costs only $.03 per acre per year to support Amazon Watch's work with indigenous peoples to protect more than 60 million acres of rainforest from oil development and mega-dams. Please join us!

Victory! Gas Project in U'wa Territory Dismantled

Victory! Gas Project in U'wa Territory Dismantled

February 26, 2015

"The U'wa people would like to inform national and international public opinion that the Magallanes gas exploration block has been completely dismantled. Ecopetrol has removed all the machinery that had been found there in a demonstration of respect for our rights as an indigenous people."

Amazon in Focus 2014

Amazon in Focus 2014

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Fall 2014

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Will the U'was Be Forced to Threaten to Commit Mass Suicide Again?

Gas company wants to drill on indigenous people's ancestral territory in Colombia

June 17, 2014The Guardian

"The U'wa have watched as their oil-rich neighboring territories have become centers of human rights abuses - perpetrated mostly by pro-government paramilitaries. To anyone who is watching, and particularly to the U'wa, the message is clear: Oil equals violence."

Update: Current Situation of the U'wa Process

Update: Current Situation of the U'wa Process

June 11, 2014

The U'wa people are advancing in our process of strengthening resistance in defense of culture, the Earth, the environment, rivers, mountains, air, and all of humanity.

Defending Our Lands – the U'wa Thank YOU!

Defending Our Lands – the U'wa Thank YOU!

May 29, 2014

"The U'wa people are thankful for the solidarity from everyone who made possible this trip in favor of our territorial defense. We hope that, with your help, we will be successful in defending Mother Nature."

Colombia’s U’was Say No to Gas Drilling in Their Territory

Colombia’s U’was Say No to Gas Drilling in Their Territory

May 28, 2014Upside Down World

Plans by Colombia's state-owned firm Ecopetrol to drill for gas in the north of the country have been suspended following opposition from the indigenous U'wa people.

Issue Brief: Colombia's U'wa People

May 2014

This brief report details recent threats faced by the U'wa of Colombia and their renewed call for international support to protect their territory and way of life.

"No Other Option to Avoid Our U’wa People Being Violently Evicted"

"No Other Option to Avoid Our U’wa People Being Violently Evicted"

May 2, 2014

After a tense 40-day stand-off over a bombed and paralyzed oil pipeline, the U'wa indigenous people came to an agreement late yesterday with the Colombian government, avoiding the possibility of a forceful incursion into their territory.

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