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.
In a major blow to Chevron's effort to avoid paying a historic $19 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador, an Argentine judge today signed the first of what is expected to be many orders freezing billions of dollars of assets owned by the U.S. oil company.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Indigenous groups and villagers from Ecuador are filing suit today to freeze an estimated $2 billion of Chevron assets in Argentina to help pay for a remediation of the extensive toxic pollution left by the oil giant on their ancestral lands in the Amazon rainforest, representatives of the communities announced.
Trip agenda includes roundtable discussion with Bay Area environmental leaders, Bioneers presentationsOctober 18, 2012
San Francisco, CA – In a rare visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, 1996 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Marina Silva will introduce the Bay Area environmental community to her newly-launched center on sustainable development, Instituto Marina Silva, at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Goldman Prize and Amazon Watch.
Quito, Ecuador – Rainforest villagers from Ecuador scored their first significant collection victory against Chevron’s assets this week in their attempt to enforce the historic $19 billion judgment against the oil giant after it was found to have caused cancers and environmental damage to ancestral lands in the Amazon.
Series of public events highlight historic Sarayaku community legal victoryOctober 10, 2012
San Francisco, CA – Kichwa indigenous leaders from the Sarayaku community in the Ecuadorian Amazon will be in the Bay Area for a series of events from October 14-21.
Protestors paralyze construction and vow to maintain occupation until dam builders comply with mitigation requirementsOctober 9, 2012
Altamira, Brazil – Yesterday some 120 indigenous demonstrators from the Xipaia, Kuruaia, Parakanã, Arara, Juruna and Assurini peoples united with a group of fishermen who have maintained a steadfast 24-day occupation of the Belo Monte dam's main work camp, paralyzing construction.
Geneva, Switzerland – Today the Brazilian government swept aside concerns around its human rights record during its Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations contradicting its recent posture concerning the rights of Amazonian communities.