Policy vs. Practice in the AmazonMay 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.
Ivanhoe Energy In Ecuador's Block 20May 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 DamMay 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.
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.
Why Investing in Forest Offsets Might Cause More Problems Than It SolvesFebruary 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.
Peru Auctions Off Amazon Despite Potential Human Rights Violations, Social Unrest and Environmental DevastationFebruary 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.
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.
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."
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.
Unrest in Ecuador: Police Strike Pushes Ecuador to Verge of Coup
September 30, 2010
President Being Held in Quito Hospital by Rebel Police Officials
As darkness falls on Ecuador's capital city of Quito, the only police presence in the streets is that of a group of insubordinate officers who staged a national police strike today that shattered a recent relative political calm in this Andean nation.