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APIB (National Articulation of the Indigenous People of Brazil) going to the United Nations in Geneva to submit human rights violation documents

Sunday, November 11th, 2012
 Uilton Tuxá (APIB) in the German Bundestag (Photo © Earth Peoples)
Uilton Tuxá (APIB) at panel in the German Bundestag (Photo © Earth Peoples)

In his tour to raise awareness about the human rights situation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, Uilton Tuxá is going on behalf of APIB (National Articulation of the Indigenous People of Brazil) next week to the United Nations in Geneva, to meet with the OHCHR and submit documents that will inform the UN system about a variety of current human rights violations against Indigenous Peoples that live in Brazil.

Earth Peoples will join him = we will translate and post the human rights violation documents on this site.

Last week, Uilton Tuxá, the Chief of the Tuxá people, who is also the elected Leader of APOINME (the Indigenous Peoples Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo) participated at the Protest Action in front of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, that was held in solidarity with the devastating situation of the Guarani Kaiowa (They are landless, many are living along roadsides, pushed into poverty, prostitution, hunger and collective suicides.)

To read more about the Guarani, CLICK HERE

“The support from the international community to defend the rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil is very important to us,  because the Federal Government along with the National Congress of Brazil are not concerned with the rights of indigenous peoples, and especially our territorial rights, the right to our land are under attack more than ever” said Uilton Tuxá at the protest.

“Currently they proposed (PEC) No 215/00 that would amend Article 231 of the Constitution which guarantees the right to our traditional territories.  We are facing a major setback in our fight for our rights in the case that (PEC) No 215/00 is going to be approved. All this is not happening by chance, the main objective of this denial of rights is precisely to favor the exploitation of our traditional territories such as execution of over 500 major so called economic”development projects,  like hydroelectric dams, transposition of the São Francisco River, railways,  among others. The Brazilian Government also aims to encourage the development of agribusiness in our territories, mining, military access without notice to communities nor that we would have the right to say no, and all his they want to happen without that the governmental organ, the National FoundationIndigenous Peoples (FUNAI) would stay involved. So I came on behalf of the indigenous peoples of Brazil to seek help in Europe, our rights are threatened,  therefore is very crucial for us to have your support, and of the Brazilian society and the international community.” Uilton Tuxá added.

Facilitated by Berlin based group Action for World Solidarity (ASW) the indigenous APIB representative met with various German governmental officials, such as Gudrun Kopp, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, (Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin beim Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) and Pascal Kober, the member of the german Bundestag and member of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid (Ordentliches Mitglied im Ausschuss für Menschenrechte und humanitäre Hilfe).

Tuxá was also invited by the Green Party to speak at the Latin American Conference that took place in the German Bundestag, where he informed the attentive audience about the reality that indigenous peoples in Brazil endure, and their demand for international support.

He also met German based Foundations such as the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, and Aid organizations such as Brot fürdie Welt and Misereor.

VIDEO: RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH – 20 june 2012

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH – 20 June 2012

Indigenous Peoples Protest March in front of UN premises RIO+20 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Indigenous Peoples Protest March in front of UN premises RIO+20 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

TO WATCH VIDEO CLICK HERE

Hundreds of indigenous peoples from Brazil nearly stormed the entrance of the official UN RIO+20 conference yesterday, June 20 2012,  that was heavily guarded by armed forces.

RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH - 20 june 2012(Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH - 20 june 2012(Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Secretary General of the Presidency of Brazil, Gilberto de Cavalho, pressured by the resistance of the indigenous protesters to leave,  came finally outside.

Police at RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH - 20 june 2012(Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Police at RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH - 20 june 2012(Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Cavalho promised upon repeated demand of the  outraged protesters that 12 indigenous leaders will be allowed to enter the UN premises to deliver their final outcome document to the world at the official UN conference.

RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH Chief Raoni and Secretary General of the Presidency of Brazil, Gilberto de Cavalho

RIO+20: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROTEST MARCH Chief Raoni and Secretary General of the Presidency of Brazil, Gilberto de Cavalho

After the protesters returned to the Indigenous “Free Land Camp”,  located 2 hours away from the official UN meeting at the Peoples Summit space at the Flamengo Park,

Final Text discussed and agreed upon at Indigenous "Free Land Camp" (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Final Text discussed and agreed upon at Indigenous

the indigenous  technical team  – that had merged over the past days text from regional indigenous prep-meetings documents – presented their final proposal, which was agreed upon at around 8pm by the indigenous representatives present.

Final Text discussed at Indigenous "Free Land Camp" (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Final Text discussed at Indigenous

Today,  12 indigenous representatives from Brazil will therefore deliver the final document “CARTA DO RIO DE JANEIRO”.

Final Text discussed and agreed upon at Indigenous "Free Land Camp" (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Final Text discussed and agreed upon at Indigenous

Despite the hardship of Indigenous peoples to arrive in Rio, despite that the Brazilian Buerau or Indian Affairs (FUNAI) had broken their promise to arrange transport for the indigenous peoples for every region of Brazil at the very day of departure, leaving most of the regions with no way to send their representatives to Rio, despite the attempt of Brazil to weaken the indigenous movement by hindering their participation within the official UN event (no registration- UN passes), despite the attempt of Brazil to create disunity among the indigenous peoples (see Carta do Rio de Janeiro regarding the space inside RioCento=Karioka)

RIO+20: Indigenous Peoples Protest March June 20 2012(Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

RIO+20: Indigenous Peoples Protest March June 20 2012(Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

– the indigenous movement of Brazil showed once again that they are not willing to have their political voice being suffocated.

To download CARTA DO RIO DE JANEIRO in portuguese, click HERE

To download the RIO DE JANEIRO DECLARATION in English, clickHERE

VIDEO: Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

To watch VIDEO: Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian (filmed by Rebecca Sommer, Sommerfilms)

Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian (Photo+video ©Rebecca Sommer)

Pablo Solon explaining the problems with the United Nations Climate Change negotiations draft text during COP17 to journalist John Vidal from the Guardian (Photo+video ©Rebecca Sommer)