Halt the Brazilian Government's Assault on Indigenous Peoples!

As Brazil's indigenous peoples increasingly bear the brunt of the Bolsonaro regime's assault on social and environmental protections, their representative organizations are mounting a response from local to global levels.

Please add your voice to this grassroots petition from the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) and the Articulation of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples (APIB) demanding that the Brazilian government reinstate fundamental human rights standards and protect the Amazon's ecological integrity.

Articulation of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)

Add your name in support of the COIAB-APIB petition to President Bolsonaro and Brazilian government officials.

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12,360 people have taken this action so far.

We, legitimate and representative indigenous organizations of the Brazilian Amazon and Brazil’s national indigenous movement, declare our rejection and indignation with the cynical and blatant attempts of the Bolsonaro government to slash our rights and impose a defunct and destructive development paradigm upon our peoples and our lands.

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Articulation of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
Petition from Brazil's Indigenous Organizations – COIAB and APIB

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We, legitimate and representative indigenous organizations of the Brazilian Amazon and Brazil's national indigenous movement, declare our rejection and indignation with the cynical and blatant attempts of the Bolsonaro government to slash our rights and impose a defunct and destructive development paradigm upon our peoples and our lands.

The first months of your administration have proved catastrophic for human rights and environmental protection in the Amazon. Our lands are under increasing invasion and our communities under attack in a climate of rampant impunity.

Your government now seeks to inflict grave and irreversible harm upon us through a package of malign infrastructure projects in the most preserved regions of our Amazon without any consideration to socio-biodiversity and to the inhabitants of the region.

Your National Defense Council seeks to reinstate the criminal pillaging and extermination committed against our peoples during the military dictatorship, specifically against the Kinja people, who were attacked by helicopters that dropped poison and bombs upon hundreds of assembled community members and subjected others to military gunfire, stabbings and beheadings, all in the name of “development” and “national security.”

We, Amazonian Indigenous Peoples, who occupied these lands before the invasion of Brazil and the subsequent genocide committed against our forefathers and foremothers, voice our concern with your government's aim to resurrect the concept of “national security” to impose the construction of roads, hydroelectric dams, energy transmission lines, and other harmful projects tailored to serve only the capitalist interests financing the current administration.

We understand that your administration's indigenous policy originates from an outdated, conservative, and prejudiced ideology that views indigenous peoples as an obstacle to development and, in the name of “national security” and sovereignty, must be ignored or eliminated. Such views contradict and circumvent Brazil's Federal Constitution of 1988, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the right to consultation enshrined by the International Labor Organization's Convention 169, to which Brazil is a signatory.

The Bolsonaro government's actions threaten the integrity of the original inhabitants of this country by rolling back the achievements of so-called “ethnic minorities.” We do not accept to yet again be subjected to the dark, opportunistic notion of “integrating indigenous people into national society,” nor will we allow your government to dictate how we should live our lives and conduct the organization of our lands and societies. We are responsible for the conservation of the Amazon rainforest and will not permit the government and industrial actors to interfere in the management of our lands and ancestral territories.

Members of your administration cannot resurrect projects from the recent past – without our consultation and consent – which aim only to bleed our lands and lives for the benefit of a tiny minority of national and foreign economic interests, such as agribusiness and mining.

Our organizations, leaders, and constituents declare that we will continue our struggle for our rights and lands with confidence and resolve. Together with regional, national, and international allies we will defend these rights, and issue the following demands to the federal government:

Demands:

  1. Respect for our way of life;
  2. Respect for sanctity of our territories;
  3. The demarcation and protection of our ancestral territories;
  4. Respect for our right to free, prior, and informed consent, on the part of the government, every time plans are made that could affect our rights and interests.

Indigenous blood: not one more drop!

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