Urgent petition

Brazil – Stop Dangerous Laws!

© Survival International 2015

The future of Brazilian tribes hangs in the balance, as politicians debate plans to weaken indigenous land protection.

The Brazilian government has several plans that would give anti-Indian landowners the chance to block the recognition of new indigenous territories – and might even enable them to break up and steal existing ones.

This would be disastrous for Brazilian tribes, because land is the key to their survival. Without it, none of their human rights can be realized.

Tribes such as the Guarani fear this would mean they’d never recover the land that was stolen from them.

Adalto Guarani told us, “Please help us destroy this [plan]! It’s like a bomb waiting to explode, and if it explodes, it will put an end to our very existence. Please give us a chance to survive."

Many uncontacted tribes face extinction unless their lands are protected.

We urgently need your help to stop this happening. Let’s tell those in charge to use their influence to ensure these plans are not approved.

Please stand with Brazilian tribes today.

Signatures:Help us reach 20,000!

Please sign the global petition to allow Brazilian Indians to survive!

I urge the Brazilian government to ensure that plans to weaken indigenous land rights are not approved.

They are a huge threat to Brazil’s indigenous peoples, who have made their opposition clear. If implemented, these plans could block the protection of their territories, meaning violent land conflicts – which are already killing Indians nationwide – could escalate and lands stolen from the Indians might never be returned. This is a clear violation of Brazilian and international law, which could result in the destruction of whole peoples.

It is vital for the survival of Brazilian Indians that the government upholds their hard-won constitutional rights, and does not approve any proposals that could destroy their lands and lives.


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