Fiona Watson: Indigenous groups face “genocide” protecting Amazon

Democracy Now!

Dec 3, 2019

One of the recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards is Yanomami Indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, Hutukara Yanomami Association. The Right Livelihood Foundation has praised them for “their courageous determination to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Amazon, and the lands and culture of its Indigenous peoples.” The award comes as Indigenous forest protectors and uncontacted tribes in Brazil are increasingly under attack. Last month an Indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers, the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting Indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro last year. One month ago, human rights groups warned in an open letter that the Amazon’s last uncontacted Indigenous people face “genocide,” amid raging fires and mounting incursions into their territories.

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