Hands Off Indigenous Land Rights!

Brazil's government and its allies among the rural elites and big-business interests – known as the ruralistas – have been hard at work slashing indigenous rights and environmental protections so they can expand their soybean plantations, cattle ranches, mines, and other destructive enterprises in the Amazon.

President Michel Temer is giving the green light to the ruralistas' regressive policies. So far, protections have been slashed on vast Amazonian forests and the agency that defends the land rights and wellbeing of Brazil's indigenous peoples is being systematically dismantled. The ruralistas are also working to dismantle the country's environmental licensing process while moving legislation to open already-titled indigenous lands to business interests, making it even easier for industrial mines, mega-dams, and highways to blot out the Amazon rainforest.

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

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

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To: Michel Temer, President of Brazil –

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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