Places Archives: South America

Historic Indigenous Legal Victory Against Gold Mining in the Amazon

Featured image:  The community of Sinangoe gathered in front of the courtroom in Lumbaqui (Succumbíos) on July 27th 2018.      by Nicolas Mainville, Amazon Frontlines / Intercontinental Cry In a lawsuit that will inspire and galvanize many other indigenous communities across the Amazon for years to come, the Kofan of Sinangoe have won a trial … Continue reading Historic Indigenous Legal Victory Against Gold Mining in the Amazon

Can the Law Prevail Over Chinese Investments in Ecuador?

Featured image: Molleturo communities visit the site of the Rio Blanco mine to make sure the activities are suspended as required by a court order.      by Manuela Picq / Intercontinental Cry Last June, an Ecuadorean court ordered the suspension of all mining activities by a Chinese corporation in the highlands of Rio Blanco, in … Continue reading Can the Law Prevail Over Chinese Investments in Ecuador?

Deadly measles epidemic hits isolated Yanomami tribe

Featured image: The Yanomami are the largest relatively isolated indigenous people in the Amazon. © Fiona Watson/Survival      by Survival International A measles epidemic has hit an isolated Amazon tribe on the Brazil-Venezuela border which has very little immunity to the disease. The devastating outbreak has the potential to kill hundreds of tribespeople unless emergency … Continue reading Deadly measles epidemic hits isolated Yanomami tribe

Thousands of Indigenous Peoples Converge on Brazil’s Capital

Featured image: Photo: Mídia NINJA/flickr (Some Rights Reserved). Political setbacks in Brazil give renewed thrust to annual mobilization for land rights.      by Nathália Clark, GlobalVoices / Intercontinental Cry The camp smelled like smoke and urucum, a plant used for body painting. A defiant energy pulsed through the crowd. We could hear chants, ritual mantras, and … Continue reading Thousands of Indigenous Peoples Converge on Brazil’s Capital

“Guardians of the Amazon” Seize Illegal Loggers to Protect Uncontacted Tribe

Featured image: Guardians of the Amazon from the Guajajara tribe: “We patrol, we find the loggers, we destroy their equipment and we send them away. We’ve stopped many loggers. It’s working.” © Guardians of the Amazon      by Survival International Members of an Amazon tribe patrolling their rainforest reserve to protect uncontacted relatives from illegal loggers … Continue reading “Guardians of the Amazon” Seize Illegal Loggers to Protect Uncontacted Tribe

The Tragic Death of Peruvian Indigenous Healer Olivia Arévalo

     by Sebastián Ortega and Jhonny Valle Ayuque / openDemocracy via Intercontinental Cry Leader of the Shipibo-konibo community, Olivia Arévalo Lomas, was 81 years old when she was shot in the chest and murdered. The principal suspect, Canadian Paul Woodroffe, died a few hours later. The leader, practitioner of traditional medicine and defender of the Peruvian Amazon, Olivia … Continue reading The Tragic Death of Peruvian Indigenous Healer Olivia Arévalo

Giving a Platform to the Tribal Guardians of the Natural World

Featured image: With support from Survival, the Guajajara are able to expose illegal logging and threats to their uncontacted neighbors in real time. © Survival      by  Sarah Shenker / Survival International “We are here,” says Olimpio, looking directly into the camera, “… Monitoring the land and protecting the uncontacted Indians and the Guajajara who live here. … Continue reading Giving a Platform to the Tribal Guardians of the Natural World

Streets Stained With “Blood” as Protest Sweeps Brazil’s Capital

     by Survival International Thousands of indigenous people gathered in Brazil’s capital this week, to protest against plans to destroy their lands and lives. The Indians, from tribes across the country, painted the streets with “blood,” marched through the city, demonstrated at government buildings, and called for their rights to be respected. Sonia Guajajara, an … Continue reading Streets Stained With “Blood” as Protest Sweeps Brazil’s Capital

Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights”

Featured image: Dan From Indiana on flickr. Some Rights Reserved.  The Rights of Nature Movement continues to advance through lawmaking and court decisions.      by The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) via Intercontinental Cry MERCERSBURG, PA, USA: Today, the Colombia Supreme Court of Justice issued a decision declaring that the Amazon region in Colombia … Continue reading Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights”

Uncontacted Tribes’ Rights Recognized in Peru’s Historic Land Pledge

Featured image: The Mashco Piro have been increasingly entering into contact with outsiders. The new reserves are intended to ensure uncontacted groups’ lands remain undisturbed. © Jean-Paul Van Belle      by Survival International Peru is to create two Amazonian reserves for the protection of uncontacted tribes , covering more than 2.5 million hectares. At least seven … Continue reading Uncontacted Tribes’ Rights Recognized in Peru’s Historic Land Pledge