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Victory! Survival International Campaign to Save Uncontacted Indians Triumphs

Survival International
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April 21, 2016
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The Last of the Kawahiva: In the Brazilian Amazon, a tiny group of uncontacted Indians teeters on the brink of extinction. (Survival International)

After months of pressure from Survival supporters worldwide, the Brazilian Minister of Justice has finally moved to save the uncontacted Kawahiva tribe from genocide.

The campaign was launched in October 2015, fronted by Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance and aimed at pressuring the Brazilian Minster to demarcate and protect the uncontacted tribe’s territory in the Amazon.

After more than 14,000 emails were sent to the ministry by Survival supporters, the recently-appointed Justice Minister Eugênio Aragão signed the decree creating the protected territory for the tribe into law on April 19.

It is now essential that Brazil ensures the decree is fully implemented and the tribe’s right to live on their land free from invasion is respected. Considering the turbulent political situation in the country, Survival will continue to monitor developments in and around the tribe’s territory.

...Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. They face annihilation from violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and from diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance.

Read the rest at Survival International

Related: Survival Launches “Stop Brazil’s Genocide” Campaign in Olympic year (Survival International)

  Check out Survival International: Uncontacted Tribes


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