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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."

Colombia Aims to End Standoff Between Oil Companies, Indians

U'wa Refuse to Allow Ecopetrol, Occidential to Repair Pipeline Damaged by Rebels

April 24, 2014Wall Street Journal

"The government (Ecopetrol) wanted to do what they always do after the rebels attack, they wanted to fix the pipeline and then maybe later clean up some of the spilled oil," said Aura Tegria, an U'wa spokeswoman. "Well, it's not going to happen that way anymore, and that's why we're not allowing in the repairmen."

Colombian Indigenous Group Sets Conditions for Pipeline Repair

April 21, 2014Platts

"We are tired of the explosions on the pipeline that have ruined our ancestral lands, polluted our water and put our people in danger. We want it relocated," said Heber Tegria Uncaria, vice president and spokesman for the U'wa Association.

Colombia’s U’wa – Two Decades Later, Fighting On

Colombia’s U’wa – Two Decades Later, Fighting On

April 17, 2014

"We refuse to be silent and we are going to mobilize ourselves and once again engage in protest actions against the extraction of oil which will damage our Mother Earth."

Amazon in Focus 2013

Amazon in Focus 2013

Plus Our Annual Financial Report for 2012

Fall 2013

2013 follows a remarkable year for Amazon Watch and our partners in 2012: Talisman Energy and Conoco Phillips announced they would cease oil operations and leave the Peruvian Amazon; Belo Monte dam construction was significantly delayed in Brazil; and we celebrated the landmark decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in favor of the Sarayaku community in Ecuador.

Amazon in Focus 2012: Celebrating 15 Years

Amazon in Focus 2012: Celebrating 15 Years

Plus Annual Financial Reports for 2010-2011

Fall 2012

This special 15th year anniversary issue of Amazon in Focus celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of our team, our indigenous partners, and you – our growing network of supporters who now number more than 165,000 and span 137 countries.

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