Ecuador’s ‘progressive’ extractivism – mining, ecocide and the silencing of dissent

Ecuador’s ‘progressive’ extractivism – mining, ecocide and the silencing of dissent

As Ecuador’s elections loom, YLNM ally and long-time campaigner Carlos Zorilla explores why ‘progressive extractivism’ is a contradiction and predicts an intensification of struggles to protect land, water and life. The Ecologist. 06/03/2017 Ecuador’s policy of silencing non-governmental organisations that question its policies and programmes has recently attracted the world’s...

Persecution Persists of Shuar Indigenous Leaders in Ecuador

Persecution Persists of Shuar Indigenous Leaders in Ecuador

Originally posted by Mining Watch Canada. 22/02/2017 With deep concern, we share the following statement from the Ecumenical Human Rights Commission of Ecuador (CEDHU its initials in Spanish) denouncing the arrest of a Shuar Indigenous leader in southeastern Ecuador. This is part of an ongoing campaign of militarization, criminalization and...

Origins of the mining conflict in Nankints, Ecuador

Origins of the mining conflict in Nankints, Ecuador

  • Written on: 23 February 2017
  • Posted under: Videos

Quito-based collective Minka Urbana has produced a short video,subtitled in English and French, illustrating the situation that the Shuar and affected campesino communities are facing. The Shuar people and affected campesino communities are facing an ongoing campaign of militarization, criminalization and forced displacement as a result of their resistance to a large scale, open-pit...

‘Together we are the inextinguishable fever’: Ecuadorean Government ends attempt to close Acción Ecologica

‘Together we are the inextinguishable fever’: Ecuadorean Government ends attempt to close Acción Ecologica

Acción Ecologica have written to their international supporters to report that the Ecuadorean government has desisted from its efforts to close Acción Ecológica. YLNM are delighted with this news and we send ongoing solidarity and strength both to  Acción Ecológica and the Shuar People in their struggle against mega-mining in...

Urgent Action to stop double persecution against Shuar communities and Accion Ecologica NGO in Ecuador

Urgent Action to stop double persecution against Shuar communities and Accion Ecologica NGO in Ecuador

The Ecuadorean Government is threatening to shut down YLNM members Accion Ecologica because of their support for the Shuar People, who are defending their land from a mine that does not have their free prior, informed consent. Help stop this, sign the letter to Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.    ...

Dozens of International Organizations and Networks Call for an End to State of Emergency and Militarization in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon

Dozens of International Organizations and Networks Call for an End to State of Emergency and Militarization in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon

Yes to Life, No to Mining members have joined the call to end the militarization of the of the Shuar Indigenous communities of Nankints and the State of Emergency declared in the southeastern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago. These aim to impose the Pananzta-San Carlos mine project in the area.  ...

The Struggle Between Ecuador’s Indigenous Shuar and the Mega-Mining Project That’s Displacing Them

The Struggle Between Ecuador’s Indigenous Shuar and the Mega-Mining Project That’s Displacing Them

The indigenous Shuar People of the Ecuadorean Amazon are taking action to reclaim homelands. The Shuar say their lands were taken from them without consultation or consent and given to Ecsa Ecuacorriente, a Chinese mining company.   Originally published by Remezcla. By Brian Miranda. 23 November 2016. In 2008, Ecuador...

Proyecto minero chino genera convulsión en territorio Shuar en la Parroquia Panantza San Carlos, Morona Santiago

Proyecto minero chino genera convulsión en territorio Shuar en la Parroquia Panantza San Carlos, Morona Santiago

21 de Noviembre 2016. Accion Ecologica. Las comunidades indígenas shuar expulsadas a la fuerza de la zona en donde se pretende ejecutar el proyecto minero Panantza-San Carlos, en Morona Santiago, a cargo de la empresa minera china Explocobres SA, EXSA, decidieron este martes volver a su territorio ancestral. En agosto...

In the name of poverty eradication: The terrible costs of Ecuador’s extractivist policies

In the name of poverty eradication: The terrible costs of Ecuador’s extractivist policies

By Carlos Zorrilla Despite its very dark history in Latin America and Africa (1), extractivism- or the extraction of natural resources at unsustainable rates- is still being favored by self-proclaimed progressive governments, such as Ecuador and Bolivia, with the justification of ending poverty. This has become a mantra for these...

Report: Ecuacorriente S.A’s Mirador Project forcibly evicting communities

Report: Ecuacorriente S.A’s Mirador Project forcibly evicting communities

Chinese company Ecuacorriente S.A. (ECSA) is planning an open cast mining project in the heart of the Cordillera del Condor, in the south of the Ecuadorian Amazon. To force through its Mirador mining project, the company is carrying out forced evictions and violating the human rights of families and communities. At...