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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from the Ecuadorian Plaintiffs

May 2011

An open letter written to the people of the United States from the 30,000 Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco trial.

Talisman Energy at a Crossroads

Policy vs. Practice in the Amazon

May 2011Amazon Watch

Canadian oil company Talisman Energy has generated significant buzz in the Corporate Social Responsibility community with the recent release of their Global Community Relations Policy which incorporates the "broad principles" of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). However, Talisman continues to face protest and opposition to their operations from the Achuar people in Peru despite the company's assertion that they are operating with community support.

A Lose-Lose Proposition

Ivanhoe Energy In Ecuador's Block 20

May 2011Amazon Watch

Canada's Ivanhoe Energy is in the exploration phase of a new heavy oil drilling project in Ecuador, a country that has seen some of the ugliest consequences of extractive industry and, as a reaction to that, some of the most tenacious grassroots resistance to it anywhere in the world.

Organizations Worldwide Call on Brazil to Respect a Resolution from Inter-American Commission to Suspend the Belo Monte Dam

May 6, 2011

Over 75 organizations sent this open letter to President Rousseff to express their deep concerns regarding the implementation of the precautionary measures requested by the IACHR to safeguard the rights of indigenous peoples - including groups living in voluntary isolation - threatened by the construction of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam Complex.

Entrevista con Pepe Luis Acacho desde el Penal García Moreno de Quito

February 5, 2011CONAIE

Quito, Ecuador – Pepe Luis Acacho hablo con el equipo de Comunicación Social de la CONAIE, desde el Penal García Moreno de Quito el 5 de febrero del 2011. Sin cámaras, filmadoras ni grabadoras por que no permitieron.

REDD Flags

Why Investing in Forest Offsets Might Cause More Problems Than It Solves

February 2, 2011Amazon Watch

Reducing the rates of rainforest deforestation is a goal universally shared by environmental groups like Amazon Watch. The devil, as always, is in the details, many of which have yet to be agreed upon or are being finalized without meaningful involvement of impacted stakeholders.

Oil Rush in the Peruvian Amazon

Peru Auctions Off Amazon Despite Potential Human Rights Violations, Social Unrest and Environmental Devastation

February 2, 2011Amazon Watch

Over the last decade, the Peruvian government has pursued an aggressive hydrocarbon development plan and concessioned off nearly 70% of the Peruvian Amazon to international oil companies without consulting with affected indigenous peoples. This strategy presents serious threats to the environment and indigenous rights and has already resulted in massive protests. The underlying social unrest and lack of social license to operate creates major operational, reputational and legal risks for companies.

Peru: A Year and a Half after the Bagua Massacre: The Strategy of "The Leopard"

January 13, 2011Servindi

Bagua shocked the nation because of its tragic and needless death toll that resulted from the disproportionate and poor handling of a military operation, for which no one has assumed responsibility, and because it showed that the government of Alan García had attempted to surreptitiously bring down the constitutional regime pertaining to the Amazonian Indigenous Peoples' rights to favor big private interests.

Joint Letter of Concern for the Safety of Tony James

December 17, 2010

The following 38 organizations from around the world are writing to express our concern for the security and well-being of Mr. Tony James, President of the Amerindian Peoples Association. According to the Executive Board of APA, in a statement issued on December 10th, there have been multiple incidents over recent months in which unknown people have come asking about Tony's whereabouts. In one instance, an unknown woman noted, "they want his head; they want him dead."

Declaration about the Consultation Process in Peru around the Forestry Law

December 13, 2010

We, the undersigned organizations, wish to express our grave concern regarding Peru's process of "consultation" regarding its Forestry and Wildlife Law. Although the current process represents an advance in comparison to previous processes, it lacks legitimacy as well as the support of the country's representative indigenous organizations.

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