TAKE ACTION: Protect the Amazon and the World's Climate – Hands Off Indigenous Land Rights!

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Indigenous rights in Brazil are under unprecedented attack. The government of President Michel Temer, which took power last year with the support of corrupt politicians, rural elites and big-business interests, knows that indigenous peoples defend their own territories better than anyone else. That's why they are besieging those rights on multiple fronts in order to turn the Amazon – a global treasure that sustains life on Earth, and the ancestral home of many indigenous peoples – into their personal piggy bank.

President Temer and Justice Minister Osmar Serraglio are leading these attacks. In March, they slashed the budget and staff of Brazil's Agency for Indigenous Affairs, dealing a huge blow to the agency's work to grant legal titles for indigenous community territories. They're pushing through a constitutional amendment to suppress additional legal titling of ancestral indigenous lands, fulfilling a long-term goal of their allies in the agribusiness lobby. And they have advanced legislation to open up already-titled indigenous territories to massive mining and dam projects.

Brazil's indigenous people are the best stewards of their lands, waters and forests. If the government succeeds in stripping them of their rights, not only will they suffer dire cultural and physical consequences, our shared global climate will face even greater peril. The Amazon rainforest is home to indigenous peoples, and a vital ecosystem that sustains life on Earth for all of us.

Tell President Temer and Minister Serraglio: Hands off indigenous land rights and the environment!

To: Michel Temer, President of Brazil, and Osmar Serraglio, Minister of Justice

Indigenous territories play a key role in mitigating climate change and adapting society to its adverse impacts. Respecting the territorial rights of indigenous peoples helps ensure the planet's climate stability and avoids disastrous impacts while promoting peace, economic growth, biodiversity protection and human dignity.

As citizens, communities and organizations that care about the planet and our common future in this place, we call upon you to:

  1. Respect indigenous land rights as enshrined in Brazil's 1988 constitution.
  2. Ensure the demarcation of indigenous lands and cease all obstructionism of demarcation processes.
  3. Reverse FUNAI's current process of restructuring, ensuring staffing and budgetary resources essential for the fulfillment of its mission.
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