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Amazon Watch
01/17/2017 at 18:46. Facebook
Please sign this Change.org petition in support of the Shuar in Ecuador. Stop the militarization of Nankints!

@MashiRafael Stop the militarization of Nankints #SOSPuebloShuar

Amazon Watch
01/17/2017 at 18:18. Facebook
"Our jungle has been stained with tears, anguish and blood. The paths and trails that we used to travel in peace have now become unsafe and dangerous. Almost 30 years have passed since Ecuadorians spoke of us as the Warriors of Cenepa, the defenders of Ecuador, the country to which we belong."

Letter from the Shuar Arutam People to the Country and the World

Amazon Watch
01/17/2017 at 13:57. Facebook
Before dawn on the Dec. 21, 2016, dozens of police raided the headquarters of the Shuar Federation (FISCH) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and arbitrarily detained its president, Agustin Wachapá. The indigenous leader was thrown to the ground and repeatedly stamped on and ridiculed beneath the boots of police in front of his wife. The police then razed the Shuar Federation’s office—turning over...
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By Blood and Fire: Mining and Militarization in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Amazon Watch
yesterday at 23:50. Facebook
CONAIE statement re extension of State of Emergency (translation by Amazon Watch)


Quito, January 16th 2017

This past January 12th, by means of Decree 1294 issued by Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, extended 30 days more the State of Emergency (Estado de Excepción) in Morona Santiago province following the existing conflict in Nankints caused by the presence of the Chinese...
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Extensión de Estado de Excepción en Morona Santiago evidencia la persecución política en Ecuador - CONAIE

Amazon Watch
yesterday at 22:00. Facebook
Young protesters with red bandannas over their faces dragged tree trunks onto the highway and set them on fire. A heavyset teen stood before the flaming barricade, his back to the police. "Stop lighting these barricades on fire, brothers!" he said. "I'm a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe." He paused and looked at his feet like he might cry. "After this, I have to live here."

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"I didn't come here to lose": How a movement was born at Standing Rock

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yesterday at 16:38. Facebook
As we begin what is going to be a difficult year for human rights and the environment, we celebrate the life and work of #MartinLutherKingJr - here are some of his words to live by:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." — Martin Luther King Jr. from Strength to Love, 1963

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Amazon Watch
01/15/2017 at 21:18. Facebook
Map of the dozens of attacks against Acción Ecológica since 2007, the majority of which they attribute to the State. #DefendTheDefenders
Amazon Watch
01/15/2017 at 16:55. Facebook
Nearly all Kichwa families have their own chacra, a garden that serves as a source of food and medicine.

Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest - VICE

Amazon Watch
01/14/2017 at 18:12. Facebook
"So in one sense Tillerson’s appointment simply makes formal what has long been clear. But in another way, his announcement is truly novel: the honor (secretaries of state are usually considered the second-most important official in our government) comes after a season of disgrace at the world’s largest oil company, in a moment when the energy business is on the ropes and when its product is...
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Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense | Bill McKibben

Amazon Watch
01/13/2017 at 17:55. Facebook
One month after the #DAPL pipeline was effectively put “on hold” by the Army Corps of Engineers, major commercial banks are still banking on the project — and losing thousands of customers a week as a result. Of the 17 banks financing #DAPL, 10 won't even meet with tribal leaders.

We've been working with a global coalition pressuring banks providing project loans to the Dakota Access Pipeline...
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Amazon Watch
01/12/2017 at 22:15. Facebook

Ecuador's Environment Ministry just announced that it has rejected the Interior Ministry's request to shut down Acción Ecológica.
Amazon Watch
01/12/2017 at 17:06. Facebook
Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories in Brazil are under attack.

"Research by the U.S.-based World Resources Institute shows that deforestation rates on land formally owned by indigenous peoples are about 2.5 times lower than other areas since they are more likely to conserve the forest than other users.

But politicians representing rural voters oppose demarcating new...
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Brazil stops demarcating land for indigenous people: ex-government agency official

Amazon Watch
01/11/2017 at 23:47. Facebook
Perhaps nowhere does the struggle between wild and manicured feel more palpable than in Ecuador, and nowhere in Ecuador is the battle for biological and cultural diversity more profound than in Yasuní National Park.

Ecuador's Yasuní National Park may be the world's richest rainforest. What will become of it now that oil extraction has begun?

Breaking Precious Ground

Amazon Watch
01/11/2017 at 17:21. Facebook
Important for all to remember as the Munduruku continue to work to protect their territory and the Tapajos River from Brazil's intention to build another destructive mega dam:

"On November 7, 2012, Brazil’s Federal Police launched the Eldorado Operation with a raid aimed at destroying an illegal gold mining barge at Teles Pires, a Munduruku village. During the attack, an Indian was killed by...
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“Day of Terror”: Munduruku village attacked by Brazil’s Federal Police

Amazon Watch
01/11/2017 at 00:42. Facebook
Amazon Watch joined several other environmental allies to sign a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the nomination of Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

"We...write to express our strong concerns and reservations about the candidacy of Mr. Rex Tillerson as the United States Secretary of State. We urge you to use the confirmation hearings to...
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NGO letter to US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations re nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Amazon Watch
01/10/2017 at 18:07. Facebook
Andrew Miller, Amazon Watch Advocacy Director, discusses a new BBC report on the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil and its terrible impact on the environment and human rights. Large dams are NOT clean energy. Read the report online here: [ Bbc.com Link ]
Amazon Watch
01/10/2017 at 17:10. Facebook
As Antonia Melo says: "Belo Monte is an atrocity - a violation of human rights and the environment." #NeverAgain! #StopAmazonDams

"Many we spoke to said they were not even recognised or compensated by the government and the consortium that is building Belo Monte.

"It makes us angry," says Gilmar Gomes, showing us his now worthless fishing licence.

"We see these big corporations making...
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Amazon culture clash over Brazil's dams - BBC News

Amazon Watch
01/10/2017 at 00:06. Facebook
"Tillerson is scheduled to appear in January for hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Democrats have promised a bruising fight. They would need just one Republican to join them to block the nomination and Marco Rubio (Fla.) may be that Republican, having voiced concerns about Tillerson’s Russian ties. If the vote goes to the full Senate and Democrats stand united...
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Rex Tillerson Could Be America's Most Dangerous Secretary of State

Ecuador's efforts to suppress the rights of environmental defenders is sparking global action. #DefendtheDefenders

"Members of Acción Ecológica, one of the main Latin American environmentalist NGO's, are fighting to survive after Ecuador’s government decision to shut them down.

The attempt to close the Quito-based organization came six days after violent clashes emerged between soldiers,...
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Ecuador Environmentalist Group Struggles to Survive

The Kichwa notion of “Sumak Kawsay” or “buen vivir” in Spanish translates roughly to good living in English. It expresses the idea of harmonious, balanced living among people and nature. The idea centers on living “well” rather than “better” and thus rejects the capitalist logic of increasing accumulation and material improvement. In that sense, this model provides an alternative to the model...
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The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law