A series of murders, threats and persecutions have affected the daily life of Cedro and Flexeira, two quilombola communities in Maranhão state, in the northeast of Brazil. A judge, a prosecutor and a substitute city council member are directly involved in land conflicts targeting the communities.
Studies show how corruption occurs in the forest, from land grabbing and land theft, and how it is considered a good deal because of impunity. In the case of the gold trade, the law itself favors laundering.
Leaders from indigenous and forest communities in Colombia, Indonesia, Liberia, and Peru are in London to call for action on human rights violations and land grabbing linked to the global trade in palm oil.
The advancement of individuals on public land in the Amazon threatens the territories of traditional communities for over a century, under the complicit eyes of the Brazilian State