The Yasuní-ITT Initiative

Covering nearly 2.5 million acres of primary tropical rainforest at the intersection of the Andes and the Amazon, Yasuní is the ancestral territory of the Huaorani people, as well as two other indigenous tribes living in voluntary isolation, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane. However, underneath the park lies some 900 million barrels of heavy crude – Ecuador's largest reserve. More

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Ecuadorian Government Violates Human Rights and the Constitution

While police massacre indigenous protesters and citizens, the Government of Rafael Correa dances in the Presidential plaza

August 19, 2015

The People of the Zenith, Sarayaku, once again are present in solidarity with the call from distinct social sectors, the country's indigenous communities and social movements to defend human dignity, nature and biodiversity against the devastating threat of oil exploitation in our lands.

International Allies Denounce Violence Against Women on Strike in Ecuador

International Allies Denounce Violence Against Women on Strike in Ecuador

August 15, 2015

Indigenous groups from across Ecuador rose up last week in a General Strike to challenge proposed Constitutional amendments curtailing indigenous rights and allowing President Correa to stay in power indefinitely; the water law; expansion of the mining and fossil fuel concessions; and the government's opposition to bilingual education, among many other concerns.

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us by Our Future Generations

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us by Our Future Generations

August 14, 2015

This struggle is very clear as we feel the same deception and frustration of seeing the incompetence of our government to exercise its entrusted role. In other words, their responsibility to lead and serve the Ecuadorian people.

Indigenous March to Quito

Indigenous March to Quito

August 14, 2015

Yesterday, thousands of indigenous people marched to Quito and began a national strike against proposed constitutional amendments that would curtail indigenous rights and allow President Rafael Correa to stay in power indefinitely.

Indigenous March Descends on Quito, as National Strike Presses for Major Reforms

Indigenous March Descends on Quito, as National Strike Presses for Major Reforms

August 13, 2015

Major roadways across Ecuador were closed yesterday as indigenous groups joined by labor, campesino, and civil society organizations began a national strike against proposed constitutional amendments that would curtail indigenous rights and allow President Rafael Correa to stay in power indefinitely.

Ecuador's New Indigenous Uprising

August 12, 2015New Politics

Ecuador's Indigenous movements have launched an uprising to challenge the government's opposition to bilingual education and its support for an extractive-based economy.

Ecuador Spied on Amazon Oil Plan Opponents, Leaked Papers Suggest

Government spies may have illegally targeted political and environmental opponents to president Rafael Correa’s plan to extract oil in Yasuni national park

August 3, 2015The Guardian

Ecuadorian spies may have broken the law by obtaining personal information on MPs, environmentalists, indigenous groups, human rights activists, academics and political opponents of president Rafael Correa who opposed the exploitation of oil from an Amazonian wilderness, according to leaked papers.

China's Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached

China's Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached

The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world.

July 24, 2015New York Times

El Chaco, Ecuador – Where the Andean foothills dip into the Amazon jungle, nearly 1,000 Chinese engineers and workers have been pouring concrete for a dam and a 15-mile underground tunnel. The $2.2 billion project will feed river water to eight giant Chinese turbines designed to produce enough electricity to light more than a third of Ecuador.

Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Calls for More Protection of Rain Forest and Its People

Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Calls for More Protection of Rain Forest and Its People

July 7, 2015New York Times

Quito, Ecuador – Pope Francis on Tuesday called for increased protection of the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people who live there, declaring that Ecuador must resist exploiting natural riches for "short-term benefits," an implicit rebuke of the policies of President Rafael Correa.

Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

April 24, 2015

This week Amazon Watch was proud to host a pioneering Climate Equity Strategy Session in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Hillary Institute, where representatives from indigenous and frontline communities, international NGOs, and climate and energy experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of keeping fossil fuels in the ground in the Americas.

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