Off for a few days Human rights defenders visiting this week
Nov 142008

We returned last night from our visit to Ecuador with Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts). The delegation spent three days in Ecuador’s eastern Amazon basin region, near the border with Colombia. We visited sites that had been badly contaminated by oil production, the subject of ongoing litigation between U.S. oil company Chevron and thousands of citizens from the region. We visited towns bordering Colombia where local populations were dealing with continued high refugee flows, threats from illegal armed groups, and violence from a narco-economy that continues to flourish. And we spent a day in Quito meeting with officials.

We will post more about what we saw soon. In the meantime, here are some photos from the trip. More can be viewed here and here.

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Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) at Yuca 5 oil well site, November 9

McGovern Ecuador Delegation
Visit to San Carlos, Orellana, November 9

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Shushufindi 38 Oil Well Site, November 10

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Shushufindi 38 Oil Well Site, November 10

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On a barge outside Lago Agrio, Ecuador, November 10

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Visit to Cofán indigenous community in Dureno, Sucumbíos, November 10

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Visit to Cofán indigenous community in Dureno, Sucumbíos, November 10

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On the road between Lago Agrio and Barranca Bermeja, Sucumbíos, November 11

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In Barranca Bermeja, looking across the San Miguel River at Putumayo, Colombia, November 11

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Meeting with community leaders in Barranca Bermeja, Sucumbíos, November 11

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Meeting with community leaders in Barranca Bermeja, Sucumbíos, November 11

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Meeting with community leaders in Puerto Mestanza, Sucumbíos, November 11

McGovern Ecuador Delegation
Meeting with President Rafael Correa, Quito, November 12

4 Responses to “Back from Ecuador”

  1. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Great Pics! Hey Adam you are growing a respectable tummy. Is that redhead your son?

  2. Adam Isacson Says:

    Jaime – while I may be a bit soft in the middle, I’m only visible in one of those pictures, from behind! (The second one, from San Carlos.)

  3. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Hey, Adam I did not mean the front gallery but the other ones you pointed out. A pull up routine would not hurt too much j/k :lol:

  4. Camilla Says:

    Leave ‘im alone. Adam looks fine. Love the Ecuador pictures. Ecuador always awes with its light and beauty.

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