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The rights of indigenous peoples are undergoing unprecedented attacks and the situation tends to worsen in the face of political instability. The Indians are the guardians of the forests and the forests help to regulate the climate. So their problem is ours too. We need to be more united than ever.
We are in the Indian Week and countdown to the Free Land Encampment (Acampamento Terra, Livre, ATL) 2017, which takes place from April 24 to 28 in Brasilia. The event will be guided by the slogan “Unify the struggles in defense of an indigenous Brazil”. The indigenous rights guaranteed by the 1988 Constitution must be guaranteed. Show your support by signing the petition: Protect the Amazon and the World’s Climate – Hands Off Indigenous Land Rights!
President Dilma was the one that demarcated Indigenous Lands (ILs) since redemocratization, but believe it or not the situation worsened after her departure. FUNAI is weaker than ever before (at the end of last month, 347 commissioned posts were cut from the institution), and the legislative and executive branches have been presenting projects to hinder new demarcations and even to review old ones.
The attack is incessant, and not even the series of corruption scandals involving top government officials (such as the Justice and Agriculture ministers) seems capable of stopping it. We are the only effective line of defense.
So let’s us be heard: If you mess with the indians, you mess with the climate!
Read the ATL announcement (Portuguese): https://mobilizacaonacionalindigena.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/convocatoria-acampamento-terra-livre-2017/