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Amazon native peoples call on EU parliament to protect their communities in Brazil

Wednesday, November 13th 2019 - 09:45 UTC
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Sonia Guajajara, the head of APIB, which represents many of Brazil's 900,000 native people, called for EU lawmakers to exert pressure on Brazil's government Sonia Guajajara, the head of APIB, which represents many of Brazil's 900,000 native people, called for EU lawmakers to exert pressure on Brazil's government

The European Union should consider sanctions for companies that source materials from protected Brazilian forest reservations and native lands, an indigenous community representative said.

Sonia Guajajara, the head of APIB, which represents many of Brazil's 900,000 native people, called for EU lawmakers to exert pressure on Brazil's government to better protect the rights of indigenous communities and for scrutiny of companies profiting from deforestation in the Amazon.

“We are calling on the European community to support us so that each of them in their country can pressure companies, pressure parliamentarians, so they can adopts laws that guarantee the traceability of products and their production chain,” she said.

“Also, it must enable them to sanction companies that buy and get their supplies from conflict zones,” she added.

Brazilian indigenous leaders including Sonia are due to meet French lawmakers this week as part of a campaign through 12 European countries following clashes in the Amazon.

Illegal loggers shot dead a young member of the protected Guajajara tribe in Brazil this month, increasing worldwide concerns over the government's environmental record and its dealings with indigenous communities.

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office earlier this year, has vowed to open up protected lands to economic development, leading campaigners to warn of a looming crisis in the face of increased invasions by armed loggers.

“This is a very serious moment for Brazil,” Sonia said.

Indigenous leaders also visited Brussels, and have been meeting with company representatives and lawmakers.

Paulo Paulino Guajajara, who was part of an indigenous group that was formed to protect the forest, was hunting inside a reservation in Maranhao when loggers opened fire and shot him. Another Guajajara, Laercio, was wounded but escaped.

Since the killing, the Brazilian state of Maranhao has set up a police task force to protect the tribe from illegal loggers, and Federal Justice Minister Sergio Moro vowed a thorough investigation.

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  • Think

    Beware my Indigenous friends...
    Taking in account the recent invitation of the EU by Bolivia..., it may well happen that...:
    - The European Union presents a preliminary report..., critizicing the indiscriminated use by the Amazonian indigenous Communities of protected bird species feathers for purely cosmetic purpouses...
    Giving thereby their tacit approval for the white dominant society to move in and “neutralize” the threat to them sweet, colorful birds....

    Capisce...?

    Nov 13th, 2019 - 10:15 am 0
  • Pugol-H

    Dear Diary, amazing event, Think wrote something I can agree with and actually quite funny.

    Wonders will never cease.

    Nov 16th, 2019 - 03:05 pm 0
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