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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Amazon in Focus 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.

A Tragedy Foretold? Colombia’s U'wa People Facing Violent Eviction

A Tragedy Foretold? Colombia’s U'wa People Facing Violent Eviction

April 29, 2014

A forcible eviction of the U'wa from their encampment would certainly be a horrific event. The U'wa are pacifists by culture – while they are not willing to kill anyone for their beliefs, they are willing to die for them.

"The U’wa Nation Will Continue our Peaceful Protest"

"The U’wa Nation Will Continue our Peaceful Protest"

April 26, 2014

The situation for Colombia's U'wa people is both more hopeful and also more precarious than it has been in years. This could be a watershed moment – either allowing them to achieve several key demands or ending in tragedy.

Colombia's U'wa Indians Continue Oil Protests After Talks Fail

Shutdown of Pipeline Has Cost the Government Over $130 Million

April 25, 2014Wall Street Journal

"The proposals they offered weren't close to what we were demanding," said Ms. Tegria, who said the tribe is preparing a formal statement for later Friday. "We will continue to not authorize the repair of the oil pipe."

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