Oakland, CA – Today, a dozen prominent environmental and human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, 350.org and Food and Water Watch issued a public letter condemning Chevron's actions in its decades-long legal battle to evade responsibility for deliberately dumping billions of gallons of toxic wastewater into the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.
Toronto, Canada – Indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador scored a major victory over Chevron today when an Ontario appeals court ruled they have the right to pursue enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron's assets in Canada. "After all these years, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs deserve to have the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment heard in an appropriate jurisdiction," said the decision.
On International Human Rights Day, the call for immediate reversal is echoed globallyDecember 10, 2013Fundación Pachamama
Last week's dissolution by the Ecuadorian government of the NGO, Fundación Pachamama, has resulted in an outcry of international support from organizations around the world, calling for the immediate reversal of what they agree was an illegal act to repress civil liberties.
Amazon Watch deplores the arbitrary shut down of our ally organization Fundación Pachamama, a non-governmental organization dedicated to human rights and the rights of nature. We respectfully call on President Correa and the Ecuadorian authorities to respect human rights, reinstate Fundación Pachamama, and end the crackdown on democracy and open society.
Indigenous leaders and allies mobilize in Quito to contest final 11th Round bidsNovember 27, 2013
Quito, Ecuador – Protesters gathered outside the Oil and Energy Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Quito yesterday where meetings took place in a final push by the Ecuadorian government to auction off 13 oil blocks that are part of the 11th Round of oil-licensing covering over six million acres of rainforest in the Amazon.
Suspension of environmental licensing for controversial project reflects omission of impacts on indigenous peoples from faulty Environmental Impact AssessmentNovember 21, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – In response to a civil lawsuit filed by the Federal Public Prosecutor's office in the state of Pará, a federal judge has ordered the immediate suspension of environmental licensing for a massive gold mining project proposed by Canadian-based Belo Sun Mining along the Big Bend of the Xingu River.
Street protests in Paris follow lively debate in European Parliament in BrusselsNovember 15, 2013
Paris, France – Brazil's polemic Belo Monte dam faced fresh protests in Europe this week marked by a Brussels conference where EU Green Party Parliamentarians and diverse dam opponents sparred with leading Brazilian government officials. Protest activities then shifted to Paris where today's street demonstrations and public events led by Amazonian activist Antonia Melo denounce French and other European corporate interests backing Brazil's Amazon dam-building boom.
Meanwhile NY judge and Chevron team up to intimidate witnesses and lawyers in desperate retaliatory lawsuitNovember 13, 2013
Quito, Ecuador – In a major setback for Chevron, the Ecuadorian National Court issued its long-awaited decision in favor of a $9 billion pollution judgment against Chevron upholding and affirming lower court rulings. The court's decision is final.
Unprecedented decision calls for transparency in use of taxpayer fundsOctober 24, 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – A federal appeals court based in Rio de Janeiro has ruled that the Brazilian National Development Bank must publicly disclose technical reports used for justifying approval of major loans.
Protestors rally for justice in Ecuador; Decry Chevron’s abusesOctober 14, 2013
New York, NY – Tomorrow (Tuesday) Ecuadorian villagers from the Amazon rainforest region ravaged by Chevron's oil contamination will join supporters for a large rally in Foley Square across from the courthouse where a trial will open in the California-based oil giant's retaliatory RICO lawsuit against the Ecuadorians and their U.S. based legal advocates.