Brazil's colonial dilemma: gold mining and deforestation in the Amazon

BY MARÍA DE LOURDES ALCANTARA FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

 
Encroachment onto Indigenous Lands has increased under Jair Bolsonaro’s government and is threatening the communities’ culture, economy and ways of life. Numerous bills are now passing through Congress in response to the need for extractivism and these will affect traditional Indigenous occupation. In turn, the presence of “garimpos” or informal gold miners on the territories is spreading malaria and Covid-19, placing further strain on an already wholly inadequate health system. The possibility of genocide is now a real and impending threat.

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Indigenous woman human rights defender arrested and detained in Algeria

On 24 August 2021, Indigenous Peoples human rights defender Kamira Nait Sid was abducted in the town of Draa-Ben-Khedda in northern Algeria by unidentified men and detained in an unknown location for seven days. After several days of her family, friends and colleagues not being able to contact or locate her Algerian security forces confirmed she was in police custody.

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Mining activity in the Peruvian Amazon is impoverishing the Arakbut Indigenous People

BY JAIME CORISEPA NERI FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS.

Polluting and destroying the territory is not the path to a fulfilling life. The Arakbut are turning to mining in the belief that it will make them rich but, in the meantime, wild animals are becoming scarce, fish is poisoned and forest food is becoming insufficient. Because of mining, Indigenous communities are becoming more dependent on the cash economy. The Arakbut people need to rebuild their autonomy, governance and self-determination in order to reverse this environmental damage.
 

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