Contrary to the issues debated at COP26, both houses of Congress are discussing bills that increase deforestation, give amnesty to public land grabbers and weaken the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights.
Amazônia Minada project finds unusual rise in demand for manganese in 2020, when it became the second most requested on indigenous lands – just after gold. Some of the richest manganese deposits in the world are in southeast Pará, overlapping with the territories of the Kayapó, the most affected by recent records in mining requests. Illegal mining has increased and Indigenous people denounce mining on their territories.
Exclusive survey reveals 145 requests filed with the National Mining Agency as of November 3, the highest number in 24 years. A bill presented by President Bolsonaro would legalize activities currently prohibited by the Constitution. Image: operation against illegal mining in TI Kayapó, in 2017. Photo: Felipe Werneck/InfoAmazonia.
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.
In Vaupés, a department in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous peoples cling to their beliefs to protect themselves from mining. A concession for the exploitation of coltan angers three communities: the leaders are threatened and their right to prior consultation has been violated.
[:pt]A degradação da floresta já representa uma pressão maior que o desmatamento em sete dos nove países da região[:es]El estudio confirmó la conocida hipótesis de que estas poblaciones son “guardianas del bosque”
An indigenous protest over oil pollution in the Peruvian Amazon — which is blocking boat traffic on the Marañón River, a crucial transportation route — could move toward a solution in the coming days, with a meeting between protesters and Cabinet ministers.
Workers trying to clean up the oil spill of June 25 in Loreto lacked the equipment to clean up safely. The oil spill threatens the vulnerable community of Barranca which lacks safe drinking water and electricity.
The Brazilian interim government of President Michel Temer, who took over after the departure of Dilma Rousseff, complete one month on June 12 without setting an agenda for indigenous peoples of the country.
They still retain much of their customs, language, rituals, culture intact. Except for the practice that transformed them into one of the most feared indigenous peoples of the Amazon: the practice of cutting off the head of the vanquished enemies in war.