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Brazilian Politicians Push for Shutdown of Indian Affairs Department

Featured image: Indigenous protests in Brasilia, April 2017. © VOA      by Survival International An inquiry established by Brazilian parliamentarians who represent the powerful agribusiness lobby has just published a report calling for the closure of the Indian Affairs Department, FUNAI. Its findings have been met with outrage and incredulity in Brazil and beyond. Francisco … Continue reading Brazilian Politicians Push for Shutdown of Indian Affairs Department

Brazil: Ranchers Attack and Mutilate Indians Who Demanded Their Land Back

Thirteen Brazilian Indians have been hospitalized after a brutally violent attack by men armed with machetes in the Amazon. One man appears to have had his arms severed in disturbing photos released to Survival International. ... Continue reading →

Revealed: Genocidal Plot to Open Up Territory of Uncontacted Amazon tribe

Featured image: The last of the Kawahiva are forced to live on the run. Still image from unique footage taken by government agents during a chance encounter. © FUNAI      by Survival International Survival International has learned that politicians from a notoriously violent town in Brazil are lobbying behind the scenes to open up … Continue reading Revealed: Genocidal Plot to Open Up Territory of Uncontacted Amazon tribe

Soy Invasion Poses Imminent Threat to Amazon

Featured image: Archer Daniels Midland soy silos in Mato Grosso. On the side of the BR-163 highway, where Amazon rainforest once dominated, one sees little except soybeans and the large silos owned by transnational commodities companies. Photo by Thaís Borges      by Sue Branford and Maurício Torres / Mongabay Over the last 40 years the north of the … Continue reading Soy Invasion Poses Imminent Threat to Amazon

Brazil: Loggers Invade Uncontacted Kawahiva Tribe’s Rainforest

Waves of loggers are invading the territory of one of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. The Indians, known as the Last of the Kawahiva, are the survivors of a larger tribe who have been killed or died of disease.

One group of loggers was recently caught by agents from FUNAI, Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs department. However, as the loggers have local political support, and FUNAI agents do not have the power to arrest suspects, the men were released. Further waves of loggers have since entered the territory. ... Continue reading →

“Stop Brazil’s Genocide”: Brazil blocks dangerous dam

Featured image: On the eve of the Rio Olympics, Brazil has blocked a dam which would have destroyed forest of the Munduruku tribe © Maíra Irigaray/Amazon Watch By Survival International As the Rio Olympics kick off, Brazil has blocked the construction of a controversial dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The São Luiz dam, … Continue reading “Stop Brazil’s Genocide”: Brazil blocks dangerous dam

Olympics: Tribe facing “genocide” defies ranchers after baby’s death

Featured image:  The Guarani have a deep sense of connection to their land, but have seen most of it stolen and destroyed by intensive agriculture.  © Fiona Watson/Survival International By Survival International On the eve of the Olympics, a tribe in Brazil has made a powerful statement to the ranchers who are destroying their land … Continue reading Olympics: Tribe facing “genocide” defies ranchers after baby’s death

Brazil: Indians’ homes bulldozed, community evicted

Featured image: Guarani leader Damiana Cavanha after the eviction from Apy Ka’y.  © Aty Guasu By Survival International A video showing a tribal community’s homes being bulldozed, condemning families to live by the side of a major highway, has caused outrage in Brazil. Almost 100 heavily-armed police officers evicted the Apy Ka’y Guarani community, whose … Continue reading Brazil: Indians’ homes bulldozed, community evicted

Olympics: Torch reaches land of tribe facing genocide

Featured image: The Guarani feel a deep sense of connection to their land and have protested against its theft and destruction © CIMI/Survival By Survival International The Olympic torch is set to arrive on June 25 in a state where the Guarani tribe is widely feared to be facing annihilation due to systematic land theft, … Continue reading Olympics: Torch reaches land of tribe facing genocide