The Achuar are an Amazonian People located on either side of the border in between Ecuador and Peru. The name Achuar means “the people of the Aguaje Palm“.
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Washington, DC – A detailed new report published by the non-governmental organization Center for Public Policy and Human Rights (Equidad Perú) identifies the oil company GeoPark as responsible for dangerous divide-and-conquer strategies in the Peruvian Amazon. The company is also facing related criticisms of downplaying environmental concerns in their Environmental Impact Study and entering into […]
Representatives of the Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation and the Federation of Achuar Nationalities of Peru are sounding the alarm about a non-representative commission of indigenous people who are trying to dialogue with the government to demand benefits from oil activities. Representatives of the Achuar and Wampis peoples met from August 7th – […]
Indigenous tribes are willing put their bodies on the line to protect the Amazon from destructive oil drilling. The Federation of Achuar Indigenous People, or FENAP, warned the Peruvian government that they will physically block any attempt by oil companies to operate on their lands in the Amazon region of that country, local press reported […]
The Peruvian Amazon, which encompasses some 300,000 square miles, is an extremely biodiverse landscape larger than the state of Texas. For its size, it is very sparsely inhabited—it takes up 60% of Peru’s landmass but is only home to about 5% of the country’s 30 million people. This 5% is made up primarily of indigenous […]
As Andean winds carry mild amounts of ash from the mouth of the Cotopaxi volcano toward the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito, 500 kilometers away, a State of Emergency is in full effect. The government declared the State of Emergency last week purportedly in response to Cotopaxi’s eruption. However, many indigenous protesters, currently mobilized in […]
March 5, 2015, Lima, Peru – Indigenous Achuar plaintiffs from the Corrientes River Basin in the Peruvian Amazon release the following statement concerning their lawsuit against Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) for alleged contamination of Achuar communities at a press conference in Lima, Peru, today: “The parties are pleased to confirm a mutual settlement of the claims […]
A new chapter in the eternal struggle of the Amazonian communities to defend their ancestral lands against oil pollution has opened. In late January, members from the Achuar and Kichwa indigenous communities, from the Corrientes and Tigre rivers basins in the Peruvian Amazon, took the Jibarito base of the Pluspetrol company, paralyzing the production of […]
On 10 January Andrés Donoso Fabara, Ecuadorian Secretary of Hydrocarbons, filed a formal complaint against eight indigenous leaders: Humberto Cholango and Bartolo Ushigua, President and Vice-president of CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador); Franco Viteri, President of GONOAE (Governing Body of the First Nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon); Sarayaku leader Patricia Gualinga; Zapara leaders […]
“I am very concerned I can’t stand alone in defense of my people. We must stand together in solidarity.” – Peas Peas Auyi On the evening of April 10, 2013, Achuar leader Peas Peas Auyi delivered a message of gratitude to allies in Canada for their support in getting an oil company off their land. […]
On Wednesday November 28, 2012, Ecuador began an international licensing round for 13 oil blocks – nearly ten million acres – of untouched south-central Amazonian territory as indigenous leaders took to the streets in Quito to protest petroleum concessions on their lands. Hundreds of indigenous protesters gathered outside the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Quito last […]
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