In the Brazilian Amazon, industrial mining has caused a sharp increase in deforestation, yet requests for permits to mine on Indigenous lands are steadily increasing, and biodiversity loss is a growing threat.
Canada’s Belo Sun Mining Corporation is planning projects that threaten the already fragile Xingu River Basin, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The #BeloSunOut campaign has already created major disruption. Belo Sun’s illegal expropriation of Amazonian lands sparked a lawsuit by Brazilian federal prosecutors, who are demanding the annulment of its dubious contract.
In retaliation for the campaign against it Belo Sun filed its own criminal lawsuit unjustly targeting more than 30 people, most of them small-scale farmers, community leaders, environmental defenders, researchers, and representatives of Brazilian and international organizations, including Amazon Watch staff.