• Church leaders condemn possible massacre of indigenous in Amazon

    Church leaders condemn possible massacre of indigenous in Amazon

    • Sep 19, 2017

    In a statement from the Pan-Amazonian Church Network (REPAM) responding to reports of a possible massacre, Church leaders called for authorities in Brazil to “quickly clarify the circumstances in which this act of profound violence allegedly occurred and implement immediate measures to protect the life and territory of the indigenous peoples of Vale do Javari.”

  • Archbishop: Brazil trying to undo protections for indigenous peoples

    Archbishop: Brazil trying to undo protections for indigenous peoples

    • Jul 15, 2017

    Since Brazilian President Michel Temer took office August 31, he has surrounded himself with ministers with strong links to the cattle ranchers and soy farmers, who oppose steps taken by previous governments to implement demarcation of indigenous lands. On July 13, the U.S.-based nongovernmental organization Global Witness released a report citing Brazil as the country with the highest number of murders of environmental and land defenders in 2016.

  • Indigenous Missionary Council in Brazil says attack was cowardly act

    Indigenous Missionary Council in Brazil says attack was cowardly act

    • May 4, 2017

    The Indigenous Missionary Council of Brazil, or CIMI, as it is known by its Portuguese acronym, said approximately 20 indigenous entered a farm in Maranhao state on April 30 in an attempt to retake land that belonged to their ancestors. The members of the Gamela tribe were then fired upon by a heavily armed group.