As the UN meeting on business and human rights gets underway, André Karipuna, a young indigenous community leader from the Brazilian Amazon, asked delegates for help. This is as Greenpeace Brazil, All eyes on the Amazon partner, today revealed that over 10.000 hectares of their Indigenous territory has already been destroyed; 80 percent in the last three years alone. The Karipuna are demanding an end of threats to people and their forest in the Amazon.
The Karipuna Indigenous People are under ongoing attack from illegal loggers and land grabbers. Between June and September of this year, 460 hectares have been deforested within the Karipuna territory. A protection plan from governmental authorities is needed, focusing on an end to the illegal invasion and threats against Brazil’s indigenous population and ending the impunity of those who destroy the rainforest and violate human rights. Corporations and governments must be held accountable and make sure they do not invest in, or support, any further deforestation in the Amazon.
Optical and radar satellite imagery and data generated by two research overflights in June and October 2018 revealed forest destruction four times larger than official data suggests. Following this finding, Greenpeace Brazil and the local partner Indigenist Missionary Council (CIMI) filed a complaint including evidence of illegal activities to the federal prosecutor’s office of the province of Rondônia, which lead to a police raid the end of September.
Indigenous Peoples and local communities are key to protect the remaining rainforests which help to mitigate climate change impacts. We need to stand with them against the threats and intimidation by the logging industry and land grabbers and make sure the Amazon, as the largest remaining rainforest, is not destroyed forever.