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.
Achuar people celebrate a major victory for indigenous rightsSeptember 13, 2012
Calgary, Canada – Today Talisman Energy announced its decision to cease oil exploration activities in the Peruvian Amazon and to exit the country upon completion of ongoing commercial transactions. "Now that Talisman is leaving we can focus on achieving our own vision for development and leave a healthy territory for future generations," said Peas Peas Ayui.
Chief Justice will need to reconsider decision or allow vote by full Supreme CourtSeptember 3, 2012
Brasilia, Brazil – The Federal Public Prosecutors’ Office (Ministério Público Federal - MPF) filed an appeal today with the Brazilian Supreme Court to stop construction of the Belo Monte Dam until consultations are held with indigenous people affected by the project.
Brazilian Supreme Court Caves to Executive PressureAugust 29, 2012
Brasilia, Brazil – The Brazilian Supreme Court has overturned the suspension of the Belo Monte Dam, caving to pressure from President Dilma Rousseff's administration without giving appropriate consideration to indigenous rights implications of the case.
The decision partially upheld an appeal by the Federal Public Ministry and annulled one of the biggest affronts to the Federal Constitution and to the International Labor Organization Convention 169 committed by the Brazilian government in the last years.
"Human rights and environmental protection cannot be subordinated to narrow business interests."August 15, 2012
Altamira, Brazil – A high-level court yesterday suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon's Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project.
FUNAI Threatens to Allow Definitive Damming of the Xingu in the Absence of Agreement with Indigenous PeoplesAugust 2, 2012
The controversy over authorization of the definitive damming of the Xingu River will be defined next week by Brazil's national indigenous agency without the agreements being approved by the indigenous peoples.
Continent-wide Implications as Inter-American Court Finds Ecuador Government Guilty of Rights Violations in the Sarayaku CaseJuly 26, 2012
Quito, Ecuador – The Inter-American Court has issued an unequivocal sentence in favor of the Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku, culminating an 8-year process that establishes new guidelines on the right to consultation of indigenous peoples.
Today the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared that the Ecuadorian state is responsible under international law for the violation of the Sarayaku people's rights to prior consultation, communal property, life, judicial protection, and other important rights.
Meanwhile a new lawsuit is filed seeking suspension of the dam's construction licenseJuly 25, 2012
Altamira, Brazil – Three engineers employed by the company building the Belo Monte Dam were detained Tuesday by Juruna and Arara tribal authorities after the company failed to live up to promised mitigation measures aimed at reducing the dam's devastating impacts on local communities.