Indigenous leaders refuse government payoff, call for justice in Belo Monte caseMarch 13, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Leaders of 26 Kayapó indigenous communities unanimously rejected the government funding, deeming it "dirty money" intended to placate indigenous resistance to Brazil's plans to dam the Xingu River while sowing disunity among their communities.
Quito, Ecuador – Amazon Watch reports that based on a statement from the Waorani Nationality Organization of Orellena Province on March 6 two Waorani adults were attacked and killed by members of the Taromenane, one of two Waorani clans that continue to live in voluntary isolation.
Dam-building consortium questioned around project and sex slavery link in BrazilMarch 7, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Brazil's Parliamentary Commission of Human Trafficking announced yesterday that it will summon the president of the Belo Monte dam-building consortium to explain its relationship to a nightclub, located within the dam's work camp, where 18 young women and an adolescent girl were held hostage and forced to prostitute themselves before being freed last month.
Belo Monte dam worker infiltrated organization to inform Brazilian intelligenceFebruary 26, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Members of the Brazilian Xingu Alive Forever Movement have discovered an informant claiming to be an activist who was caught spying on their annual strategic planning meeting with a pen-shaped video camera. Upon being exposed, the suspect immediately confessed in a video statement that the Belo Monte Construction Consortium had hired him to infiltrate the meeting in order to gather information on its leaders and activities and to inform the Brazilian government's national intelligence agency.
Dozens of protestors publicly denounce government in Paris over oil concessionsFebruary 26, 2013
Paris, France – Dozens of activists protested against the Ecuadorian government during its XI Round oil concession promotional activities in Paris today, where officials met with European investors and oil company executives seeking to auction off an enormous swath of pristine Amazon rainforest.
Public Ministry warns against licensing for Canadian mining company gold operationsFebruary 13, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Brazil's Federal Public Ministry stunned Canadian Belo Sun Mining Corporation last week when it issued recommendations warning against the issuing of environmental licenses for a gold mine in the Brazilian Amazon.
Amazonian leaders and international allies unite in Houston at NAPEFebruary 5, 2013
Houston, TX – Indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian Amazon have challenged the Ecuadorian government face-to-face during its XI Round oil concession promotional activities around the North America Prospect Expo (NAPE), the oil prospecting industry's semi-annual trade show where government officials scheduled meetings with oil company executives and investors seeking to auction off a vast swath of pristine Amazon rainforest.
End industrial invasion of the Amazon basin by public and private companiesDecember 10, 2012
The Brazilian government and Congress are in the process of installing structures to exploit rivers and raw materials in indigenous territories, thus threatening indigenous populations. In the context of International Human Rights Day, indigenous Kayapo chiefs Raoni and Megaron are launching a new appeal to the international community.
Hundreds contest "XI Round" oil licensingNovember 28, 2012
Quito, Ecuador – Hundreds of indigenous people gathered in Quito today at the VII Annual Meeting of Oil and Energy where the Ecuadorian government announced the opening of the XI Round, an oil auction covering nearly eight million acres of rainforest in the Amazon.
Financing ignores violations of human rights and environmental safeguardsNovember 28, 2012
Brasilia, Brazil – On November 26, the Brazilian National Development Bank announced approval of an unprecedented loan of $10.8 billion for construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu river, a major tributary of the Amazon.