Puyo, Ecuador – On April 11th in the city of Puyo, Ecuador, the Waorani people of the Pastaza province, an indigenous Amazonian tribe, will take the Ecuadorian government to trial alleging numerous human rights violations in the government’s efforts to earmark their lands for oil extraction. The Waorani people’s efforts to protect their ancestral territory […]
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 […]
The families sang in their shelter in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, unaware of their attackers closing in around them. Those who would kill them would later say their naked victims had “sung like the monkeys sing… The song seems like it’s calling the jungle… It was like the voices of the animals; they […]
Another victory was logged in the galvanized movement to legislate and demand accountability for the Rights of Nature. Spearheaded by international activist, ecofeminist, and physics PhD, Dr. Vandana Shiva, the first global tribunal on the Rights of Nature successfully wrapped this past week in Ecuador. The event marked the end of a five-day summit that […]
Indigenous groups and civil society vow resistance By Amazon Watch Quito, Ecuador – In an evening address to the nation on Thursday, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa officially terminated the historic Yasuni-ITT proposal, and announced that PetroAmazonas, the state run oil company, would initiate plans to exploit the Ishpingo, Tambococha, and Tiputini oil fields that lie […]
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