Resisting Brazil’s Proposed Law #490/2007 to Block and Seize Indigenous Lands … Pt/ Esp/ Eng

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SALSA Statement 27 June 2021

Strongly supported by the agro-industrial sector, Law #490/2007 provides for several changes in the territorial rights of Indigenous Peoples as guaranteed by Brazil’s Constitution.

The law applies the “time limit thesis” (marco temporal) to the question of demarcating Indigenous territories.

This fringe racist legal theory holds that Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples have the right only to lands they happened to occupy at the time of the promulgation of the Brazilian Constitution (October 1988), and not any that were stolen from them before that date.

If adopted, the marco temporal standard would likely prevent the demarcation of any additional Indigenous territories (237 territories are currently in legal limbo), while also placing at risk the 441 fully demarcated and registered Indigenous territories.

Furthermore, Law #490/2007 would open Indigenous territories to predatory activities, including mining, ranching, commercial agribusiness, and dam construction.

It goes so far as to allow the State to “retake” lands if there are significant “alterations of cultural traits” within Indigenous communities.

Read Full Statement.

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STOP new Amazon oil devastation

”There are always oil spills in the Amazon. Because the criminal predator oil companies care nothing for the environment, the health of the people or even the genocide of whole indigenous nations. this has been going on for 50 years, the biggest crimes being the 1000’s of spills and abandoned chemical lakes created over 30 years by Texaco (now Chevron) which even today uses it’s massive wealth to defend its impunity. Today while science proves that 60% of fossil fuels will have to stay in the ground to save us from catastrophic climate change, the race to extract continues worse than ever, with the connivance of ourselves, the 1st world fossil fuel junkies!

no more spills

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people

10380656_663357330412494_142501327768392504_oBarbara Fraser
Dead fish from an oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon are mixed with oil-covered twigs gathered by local residents. Fish are vital to the villagers’ diet and income. Reporters discovered there had been another smaller oil spill only 4 days before which the company claims was a ”normal maintenance procedure”

By Barbara Fraser     Environmental Health News     July 23, 2014

CUNINICO, Peru – On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon.

Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast Continue reading “STOP new Amazon oil devastation”

Deal for Yasuni Paradise Lost due to Euro Greed

Morning mist floats above the Tiputini River in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador. Photograph by Tim Laman, National Geographic  with thanks
Morning mist floats above the Tiputini River in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
Photo from Tim Laman, National Geographic +with thanks+

In 2010 Ecuador made the world an offer it couldn’t — or at least, shouldn’t have been able to — refuse. For the measly price of $3.6bn, it promised not to exploit the Ishpingo-Tiputini-Tambococha oil block in the Yasuni national park, a 675 square mile patch of pristine Amazon rainforest that is home to barely contacted indigenous tribes, thousands of species of trees and nearly 1bn barrels of crude oil. Continue reading “Deal for Yasuni Paradise Lost due to Euro Greed”

Dilma vetoes bits of Amazon Law

Brazil’s Rousseff vetoes part of controversial Forest Code revision
May 25, 2012

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today rejected 12 of 84 articles in a controversial bill that aims to relax restrictions on deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The Brazilian government will announce the full

Burning and deforestation of the Amazon forest to make grazing lands. Source: (NASA LBA-ECO Project)

details of the cuts on Monday.

Environmentalists had pressured Rousseff to outright veto the measure, which they said could reverse Brazil’s progress in reducing its deforestation rate. But a presidential veto could have been overruled by Congress.

The revised version of the Forest Code raised concerns among greens and scientists for provisions that

would have granted amnesty for illegal deforestation and reduced the amount of forest landowners are required to protect. The looser Forest Code seemed to be opposed by the general public, according to surveys conducted by environmentalists. The Forest Code revision was pushed by agroindustrial interests in the Congress. Continue reading “Dilma vetoes bits of Amazon Law”

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