In August 2012 the Minister of Environment launched a resolution which stated that it could not subtract any area of the Amazon classified as Forest Reserve for mining, until the ministry did zoning of the territory. Today things are changing.
Saweto's daughter, from Peru, persists in her fight for justice
October 20, 2020
Diana Ríos Rengifo took on the defense of the Peruvian Amazon after the murder of her father, a well-known Asheninka leader in the fight against illegal loggers. The trees in Saweto, a community located near the Peruvian border with Brazil, are highly coveted on the market and are threatened by indiscriminate logging.
Hortimio, the "Lord of the Earth": Always at the Forefront in Cataniapo
September 18, 2020
Inspired by Wänä'cä, a leader who is mentioned in the ancestral songs of the Huöttöja people, Hortimio Ochoa is the visible face of defense of the Cataniapo hydrographic basin in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas. It is an area subject to increasingly evident pressure associated with mining, deforestation and the incursion of illegal armed groups
‘Do I deserve to die for speaking on behalf of a people?’
October 28, 2020
Eronilde Fermin is the chief of the Omágua Kambeba in São Paulo de Olivença, in the Brazilian Amazon. The following is an account of the struggle of unequal forces she faces when trying to guarantee indigenous education, medical care during the pandemic, and protection against invaders.