San Francisco, CA – Major environmental and human rights groups contest the San Francisco Commonwealth Club’s decision to award one of the world’s most notorious corporate polluters, Chevron CEO John Watson, with a citizenship award.
Organizations Request That the IACHR Strengthen State Obligations to Supervise Corporate Activities That Violate Human Rights
In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, they highlighted the opportunities that the Commission has to address the problem through the creation, implementation and strengthening of international standards on business and human rights.March 17, 2015
Washington, DC – In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, civil society organizations requested that the Commission provide renewed attention to the problem, increasingly experienced in the hemisphere, of human rights violations committed by corporations.
Peruvian Indigenous Communities Pleased with Settlement of Pollution Lawsuit Against Occidental PetroleumMarch 5, 2015
"The parties are pleased to confirm a mutual settlement of the claims in the litigation. Under the settlement, the terms of which are confidential, Oxy will provide assistance for community development projects for the benefit of these five Achuar communities. All parties are satisfied with the resolution of this dispute."
Testimony from jailed operators of Petrobras scandal point to similar corruption scheme involving politicians and major construction firmsMarch 5, 2015
Brasilia, Brazil – This week, imprisoned executives from one of Brazil's largest construction firms, who are implicated in an unprecedented corruption scandal involving the parastatal oil company Petrobras, promised to expose a parallel scheme of massive fraud surrounding hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.
German technology giant confronted with proof of wrongdoing at annual shareholder meetingJanuary 27, 2015
Munich, Germany – Dozens of protestors from a coalition of German and international organizations converged today on the shareholder meeting of leading German corporation Siemens to condemn the company's role in egregious human rights violations from Brazil to Mexico.
Oil Giant Wins "Lifetime Achievement" Award for Efforts to Evade JusticeJanuary 23, 2015
Davos, Switzerland – Prominent Swiss environmental organizations have crowned Chevron with an embarrassing "lifetime achievement" award for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into streams and rivers in Ecuador's rainforest relied on by local indigenous communities for their water.
Chevron Maneuvering to Block Ecuadorian Villagers from Enforcing $9.5 Billion Judgment in Canadian Courts
Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Arguments That Have Major Implications for Human Rights and Corporate AccountabilityDecember 10, 2014
Ottawa, Canada – Trying to make good on its promise of a "lifetime of litigation" to avoid paying for a clean-up of Ecuador's rainforest, Chevron will ask the Supreme Court of Canada this week to create a new jurisdictional hurdle that likely would close off the country's courts to indigenous communities seeking to enforce their $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the company.
Hundreds form massive "human banner" image citing importance of legal territorial rights for indigenous peoples in global climate conversationDecember 6, 2014
Lima, Peru – Indigenous territorial rights must be guaranteed as an effective strategy to address climate change was the message of an enormous "human banner" image created on Agua Dulce beach today outside the UN COP20 climate summit.
Indigenous Peoples to Create Giant Human Banner Artwork at COP20 Calling for Territorial Rights to Slow Climate Change
Amazonian and global indigenous peoples to form massive image in support of territorial rights as a key solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate changeDecember 3, 2014
Hundreds of indigenous people and supporters will form a gigantic "human banner" art work on the beach, creating an image symbolizing the important role of indigenous protection of the rainforest and natural resources.
Historic gathering builds opposition to government's plans for new mega-dam complexDecember 1, 2014
Santarém, Brazil – Tensions are building over the Brazilian government's polemic plans to circumvent the law in order to dam the Tapajós River. On November 27th, representatives of a diverse coalition of threatened indigenous peoples and other traditional communities assembled with religious leaders and activists to challenge a new Amazon mega-dam complex.