Bishops warn of genocide of uncontacted Indians
Bishops and other religious leaders in the Amazonian state of Mato Grosso are warning that uncontacted Indians of the Rio Pardo are 'suffering the imminent threat of genocide'.
In a recently released statement, they demand urgent action from the Brazilian authorities to protect the uncontacted Indians and expel all invaders from the area, and to speed up the mapping and official recognition of the territory.
They accuse the federal government of abandoning other indigenous peoples, including the Enawene Nawe, in Mato Grosso where the state government has placed a moratorium on recognising indigenous peoples' lands.
The statement says the situation is so dire that 'immediate intervention by the Brazilian state' is crucial. Failure to act now risks 'contributing to the ethnocide and genocide of these peoples.'
Related news articles
- Renowned indigenous leaders call for end to uncontacted ‘genocide’ October 9, 2017
- Amazon Guardians travel to city for landmark protest August 31, 2017
- Brazil: campaigners welcome court rulings in favor of indigenous land rights August 17, 2017
- India: Tribes threatened by conservation plan historic protest March 15, 2018
- “350% rise in Karnataka forest fires was preventable” say local tribespeople March 14, 2018
- Congo Republic: Baka “Pygmies” beaten up and arrested March 8, 2018
- Soldiers rape and assault Marma girls in Chittagong Hill Tracts February 8, 2018