sabato 5 maggio 2012

Brazil - Amazon communities threatened by loggers

Rural leaders and farmers in a remote area of Amazonas state, northern Brazil, are facing death threats and attacks from illegal loggers and land-grabbers (grileiros) encroaching upon their lands. There remains no police presence in the area and no investigations into the illegal activities reportedly taking place. Those living in the region are in danger.

Illegal loggers and land-grabbers are targeting small communities who live off the land in legally-recognized reserves in Lábrea municipality in the south-east of Amazonas state. The leaders of these communities have suffered beatings, threats, arson attacks and theft of property, in an attempt to force them off their land. Many have fled the region in fear for their lives. After speaking out, Dinhana Nink was shot dead in front of her son in a town in neighbouring Rondonia state, where she had moved to after her home in Lábrea was burned down. Her friend Nilcilene Miguel de Lima, a community leader who had spoken out about the encroachment of illegal loggers onto the reserves, has been beaten and threatened at gunpoint, and her house was burned down while she was away.

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Object: Amazon communities threatened by loggers

Exmo Sr Governador,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of all those living on reserves in Lábrea municipality, including providing them with a permanent public security presence.
I urge you to investigate the threats and harassment of those living on these reserves, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice.
I call on you urgently to address the systematic illegal activities of logging and land-grabbing in the region, to reaffirm the legal status of the extractivist communities and guarantee the safety of the residents.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Exmo Sr Governador
Amazon State Governor
Exmo. Sr. Omar José Abdel Aziz
Av. Brasil, s/nº Compensa 2
69.036-110 – Manaus/AM
Fax: + 55 92 3303 8447

Salutation: Exmo. Sr. Ministro
Federal Minister of JusticeExmo. Sr. José Eduardo Martins Cardozo,Esplanada dos Ministérios,Bloco "T", 4º andar,
70.712-902 - Brasília/DF,BRASIL
Fax: + 55 61 2025 7803

And copies to:

Local NGO
CPT Amazonas
Rua Silva Ramos, 555
69025-030, Manaus/AM

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

BRASILE (Repubblica federativa del)
Piazza Navona, 14 – 00186 Roma
Tel. 06683981 – Fax 066867858

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