Friday, September 15, 2017

Brazil: Indigenous groups condemn alleged massacre

Brazil Indigenous groups
Prosecutors are investigating a reported massacre in which members of an "uncontacted" indigenous tribe were allegedly killed by illegal gold miners in a distant part of the country's Amazon.

The news has been widely condemned by advocacy groups that say Brazil is backsliding on its obligation to protect indigenous peoples and their land.

"The government doesn't see protecting indigenous people as a priority," said Gilderlan Rodrigues, a missionary working with uncontacted peoples for Brazil's Indigenous Missionary Council, an organisation that monitors violence against indigenous people.

"They want to open up indigenous lands for exploration," he added.

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