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    April 12, 2020

    “Thank you Amnesty Canada! We thank you with all our hearts on behalf of Amazonian Women. We will continue to defend our forests, our territory, our rivers. By gathering all those signatures on petitions you have supported us.”

    This is the message that Kichwa Indigenous leader Salomé Aranda, Sarayaku leader Patricia Gualinga and Margoth Escobar sent us in a video (see below).

    Salomé, Patricia and Margoth are leaders of a collective of more than 100 mostly Indigenous women human rights defenders called Mujeres Amazónicas, Spanish for Amazonian Women. They face threats and armed attacks against themselves and their families as they seek to stop destructive oil and mining projects in the Amazon region of Ecuador.

    September 27, 2019

    Twelve countries across Latin America and the Caribbean have signed the Escazú Agreement in a major victory for the environment and human rights that should inspire the rest of the region to follow suit, said Amnesty International.

    Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, and Uruguay all signed the treaty at the first opportunity today as the UN General Assembly started in New York, while the Dominican Republic and Haiti have also committed to signing in the coming hours.

    “The leadership of the dozen countries who signed the Escazú Agreement today should serve as inspiration for the rest of the region and beyond,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International. “We urge all other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to promptly follow their example for the survival and wellbeing of current and future generations.” 

    October 01, 2014

    By Lucia Hernandez, Campaigner in the Americas Program at Amnesty International.

    No one thought it would happen, but it has.

    After more than a decade of determined struggle for recognition of years of human rights abuses, members of the Indigenous People of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon, will receive an official apology by the Ecuadorian State.

    The historic day is 1 October, when four Ministers (Justice, Environment, Defence and Non-Renewable Natural Resources) and the Attorney General will arrive at the Amazon region to apologize for the abuses that took place during the oil operations carried out by the company CGC in their territory from 2002 to 2003.

    In those years, company staff, accompanied by soldiers and private security guards, carried out detonations, cut down trees, dug more than 400 wells, buried more than 1.4 tons of high grade explosives and polluted the environment with the noise of helicopters. The State had given the company the concession to exploit oil in their territory without consulting or informing the community beforehand.

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