The environmental authority granted the project's operating license, ignoring evidence of noncompliance with conditions necessary to guarantee the life, health and integrity of indigenous and other affected populationsNovember 24, 2015
Altamira, Brazil – The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) today authorized the Belo Monte Dam’s operating license, which allows the dam's reservoirs to be filled.
Chevron's Star Witness in Retaliatory RICO Case Recants Accusations Against Ecuadorians and Their Counsel
Newly released transcripts reveal stunning admission under oath, leave Chevron case in shambles as communities move closer to seizing company assets in CanadaOctober 26, 2015
Quito, Ecuador – In a dramatic turn in the 22 year-old legal effort by Ecuadorian rainforest villagers to hold Chevron Corporation to account for massive on-going environmental contamination in the Amazon, the key witness in Chevron's counter-suit has admitted under oath to making up accusations of bribery and ghostwriting.
2015 Equator Prize recognizes Munduruku efforts to defend the Tapajós River from new wave of Amazon mega-damsSeptember 30, 2015
New York, NY – Last Monday, the Munduruku indigenous people's resistance movement Ipereg Ayu was awarded the 2015 United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Equator Prize. The announcement recognizes the Munduruku's tireless and innovative struggle to preserve the Amazon's Tapajós River and its vast forests from destruction.
The law has finally caught up with Chevron. Today's unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of Canada opens the door for Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities to enforce their$9.5 billion USD verdict against Chevron and is a major victory for human rights and corporate accountability.
While police massacre indigenous protesters and citizens, the Government of Rafael Correa dances in the Presidential plazaAugust 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.
On August 5th, Peru's largest indigenous federation AIDESEP spoke out against the racist depictions of Amazonian indigenous peoples in Eli Roth's upcoming movie The Green Inferno. Amazon Watch, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, supports that statement and adds its voice to the growing chorus of condemnation.
The upcoming release of the movie The Green Inferno is of concern to the indigenous organizations that defend these peoples, given that its images portray a banal and erroneous image of isolated indigenous peoples.
Brazilian NGO Publishes Dossier on Social and Environmental Negligence of Consortium Responsible for Belo Monte, Arguing Lack of Conditions for Issuing an Operating License
Document highlights consequences of disregard for required mitigation and compensation measures, as federal environmental agency evaluates whether to authorize operation of mega-dam projectJune 30, 2015
The document, entitled Dossier Belo Monte – There are no conditions for an Operating License, and an accompanying collection of articles are intended to be instruments for local populations of urban areas, rural settlements, and Amazonian rivers to defend their rights at a late moment when accountability may still be demanded regarding injustices committed in the licensing and construction of Belo Monte before its first turbine begins to rotate.
Munduruku leader denounces lack of consultation and violations of land rights in Brazilian government's Amazon dam boomJune 24, 2015
Geneva, Switzerland – In a stirring event at the 29th United Nations Human Rights Council, indigenous leader Ademir Kaba Munduruku denounced the Brazilian government's escalating rights abuses in its rush to build an unprecedented series of hydroelectric dams across the Amazon.
CEO Watson refuses to respond to mounting questions around evidence proving company’s responsibility for contaminationMay 27, 2015
San Ramon, CA – Chevron CEO John Watson could not escape public outrage and shareholder dissent about his mishandling of the massive $9.5 billion environmental disaster in the Ecuadorian Amazon at the company's Annual General Meeting of shareholders today.