Worldwide solidarity on Human Rights Day for Earth’s most threatened tribe 10 December 2012

A London supporter in carnival costume carried a message for Brazil to 'Save the Awá'.
A London supporter in carnival costume carried a message for Brazil to 'Save the Awá'.
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Survival supporters around the world held an international protest on UN Human Rights Day, urging Brazil to ‘Save the Awá’; Earth’s most threatened tribe.

A supporter in carnival costume led the demonstration outside London’s Brazilian embassy, carrying a clear message for that country’s government.

She was joined by a group of supporters who wore matching T-shirts, held placards, and distributed stickers, repeating the demand, ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.

The protest kick-starts Survival’s stencil campaign, which urges people to ‘get creative’, in order to generate a visible groundswell of support for the Awá.

People protested in London in support of Brazil’s Awá.
People protested in London in support of Brazil’s Awá.
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Survival, which coordinated simultaneous action in five other European cities, as well as the Californian city of San Francisco, then handed in a letter to Brazil’s embassy.

The letter called on Brazil to honour its promise to implement ‘urgent measures’ to remove illegal invaders from the Awá tribe’s demarcated territories.

It also warned Brazil’s government, ‘If the invasion and destruction are not halted now, we [Survival] believe that the Awá have little chance of surviving.’

Identical letters were handed into Brazilian embassies and consulates in Madrid, Paris, Milan, Berlin, The Hague, and San Francisco.

In Spain, a big box containing the letter was given to embassy staff, to symbolize the volume of messages (nearly 50,000) that have been written to Brazil’s Justice Minister since Survival and Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth launched a campaign to save the tribe in April.

Protesters in Madrid, Spain, handed in a letter to the Brazilian embassy
Protesters in Madrid, Spain, handed in a letter to the Brazilian embassy
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Activists in the Netherlands also placed stencils of ‘Save the Awá’ around the capital’s iconic Dam square, whilst in France dozens held placards in solidarity.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘International outcry over the plight of Earth’s most threatened tribe has been loud and clear for most of this year. Yet rapid illegal deforestation continues. The Awá and their supporters are calling on Brazil to use UN Human Rights Day as a launch-pad for action.’

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Download Survival’s letter to the Brazilian ambassadors (pdf, 1.1 MB)

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A London supporter in carnival costume carried a message for Brazil to 'Save the Awá'.A London supporter in carnival costume carried a message for Brazil to 'Save the Awá'.
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A London supporter in carnival costume carried a message for Brazil to 'Save the Awá'.A London supporter in carnival costume carried a message for Brazil to 'Save the Awá'.
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People protested in London in support of Brazil’s Awá.People protested in London in support of Brazil’s Awá.
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Protesters in Madrid, Spain, handed in a letter to the Brazilian embassy.Protesters in Madrid, Spain, handed in a letter to the Brazilian embassy.
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Protesters in Berlin, Germany, handed in a letter to the Brazilian embassy.Protesters in Berlin, Germany, handed in a letter to the Brazilian embassy.
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Protesters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, handed in a letter to the Brazilian consulate.Protesters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, handed in a letter to the Brazilian consulate.
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Protesters gathered in Paris, France, to call on Brazil to save the Awá.Protesters gathered in Paris, France, to call on Brazil to save the Awá.
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Protesters gathered on Dam Square in Amsterdam, Holland, to call on Brazil to save the Awá.Protesters gathered on Dam Square in Amsterdam, Holland, to call on Brazil to save the Awá.
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Activists in the Netherlands placed stencils of ‘Save the Awá’ around Dam square in Amsterdam.Activists in the Netherlands placed stencils of ‘Save the Awá’ around Dam square in Amsterdam.
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Protesters gathered in front of the Brazilian consulate in San Francisco, California to call on Brazil to save the Awá.Protesters gathered in front of the Brazilian consulate in San Francisco, California to call on Brazil to save the Awá.
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Protesters in San Francisco, California handed in a letter to the Brazilian consulate.Protesters in San Francisco, California handed in a letter to the Brazilian consulate.
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