Plans to build new dam on the Tapajós River flout legal requirements for consultations with threatened communitiesSeptember 16, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – In a precipitous move last Friday, Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy set December 15th as the date to auction the construction of the massive São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the first in a series of large dams slated for construction on the Tapajós River, one of the Amazon's largest tributaries.
Founder Atossa Soltani to become President of the Board in January 2015September 10, 2014
Oakland, CA – Today, the Board of Directors of Amazon Watch announced that Founder and Executive Director Atossa Soltani will become President of the Board of the international environmental and human rights organization effective January 1, 2015. Soltani has served as Executive Director since 1996.
Tribunal marked one-year anniversary of decision to drill YasuníAugust 15, 2014
Quito, Ecuador – On Friday the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal ruled that in the Ecuadorian government's ongoing push to drill Yasuní-ITT, one of the most biodiverse and culturally sensitive areas on the planet, the state violated several articles of its own constitution.
Davi Kopenawa, shaman and internationally renowned spokesman for the Yanomami tribe in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, has demanded urgent police protection following a series of death threats by armed thugs reportedly hired by goldminers operating illegally on Yanomami land.
Ruling poses serious threat to free speech and democracyJuly 15, 2014
Oakland, CA – Chevron and U.S. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan have acted to trample the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens who dare to speak out against human rights abuses, environmental destruction and corporate misdeeds, according to human rights and environmental organizations Amnesty International, Amazon Watch, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Action Network, among others.
Over three decades of controversy captured through an interactive timelineJuly 15, 2014
Altamira, Brazil – Today's groundbreaking, comprehensive publication chronicles the complex history of the world's most controversial hydropower project, the Belo Monte Dam.
Organizations Submit Amicus Curiae Brief to Brazil's Supreme Federal Court, Demonstrating That Congressional Authorization of the Belo Monte Dam Is Illegal
The authorization violates national and international law because the communities affected by the project were not consulted. Construction of the dam continues, causing harms to people, communities and the ecosystem of the Brazilian Amazon.July 2, 2014
Brasilia, Brazil – Civil society organizations submitted to the Supreme Federal Court an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief that demonstrates that the Congressional decree authorizing the controversial dam is illegal because the government didn't consult with the affected communities.
On Fifth Anniversary of Peru FTA Bagua Massacre of Indigenous Protestors, State Department Cables Published on Wikileaks Reveal U.S. Role
Now, Obama Administration Seeks to Further Expand the Foreign Investor Privileges That Led to Amazon Standoff Via the Trans-Pacific Partnership PactJune 9, 2014
Washington, DC – On the fifth anniversary of a deadly confrontation in Peru spurred by controversial policies enacted to comply with the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Amazon Watch and Public Citizen expressed extreme concern over recently revealed U.S. diplomatic cables showing the U.S. government's role in the violence that resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people.
NO to the Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples, Guardians of the AmazonJune 5, 2014
Santa Catalina (Lima), Perú – This Thursday, June 5th 2014, marks five years since 33 Peruvians died, one disappeared, and more than 200 were injured in Bagua (at the "Devil's Curve" and oil Pumping Station 6) in a confrontation that shouldn't have happened. That date marks an important milestone in the history of Amazonian indigenous peoples and for Peru writ large.
Indigenous people from all over Brazil gather in the federal capital to participate in actions and demonstrations against the attacks of their rights guaranteed by the ConstitutionMay 23, 2014
Brasília, Brazil – Indigenous people and organizations from every part of the country will be uniting at events and demonstrations in the defense of their rights and their land, in Brasilia. Protests are taking place because of a widespread attack on indigenous rights, especially land rights, on the part of various government sectors and a set of political and economic acts, led by the ruralist caucus in Congress.