Authorities in Brazil are planning to scrap a vital safeguard for uncontacted tribes in Brazil – Land Protection Orders (LPOs).

These emergency orders are used to protect uncontacted tribes’ territories that have not been through the long process of official demarcation.

LPOs make it illegal for loggers, miners and other invaders to enter the tribes’ lands. Without this protection, the forests would be completely destroyed – and the tribes who look after them and depend on them to survive could be wiped out.

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Why LPOs matter

The orders have to be renewed every few years. But anti-indigenous politicians and ranchers have hatched a secret plan to scrap them so they can steal these lands for ranching, logging, mining, and more. If they succeed, it could result in the extermination of whole tribes in a massive and illegal land grab.

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LPOs are shielding seven uncontacted tribes’ territories...
and 1 million hectares of Amazon rainforest

Four of them will expire in the next few months and will need to be renewed. In 2021 the orders of the Jacareúba/Katawixi and Pirititi Indigenous Territories will expire; as will those of the Ituna Itatá and Piripkura Indigenous Territories in early 2022.

 

Piripkura men Tamandua and Baita, photographed during an encounter with a FUNAI unit. The two men, who are nephew and uncle, have had sporadic interactions with the local FUNAI team, but returned to live in the forest. Their territory is shielded by the Land Protection Orders, but at imminent risk of being overrun by loggers and landgrabbers.Piripkura men Tamandua and Baita, photographed during an encounter with a FUNAI unit. The two men, who are nephew and uncle, have had sporadic interactions with the local FUNAI team, but returned to live in the forest. Their territory is shielded by the Land Protection Orders, but at imminent risk of being overrun by loggers and landgrabbers.
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Scrapping LPOs is all part of President Bolsonaro’s deliberate policy to destroy the country’s indigenous peoples and take their land for “economic development.”

Your support is vital if the orders – which are all that stand between these uncontacted tribes and certain death – are to be saved.

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Update:
- On September 16, 2021, the emergency Land Protection Orders for the Piripkura Indigenous Territory was renewed, but for only six months. The previous Order was valid for 3 years, and a renewal for a similar length of time had been expected.

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