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It’s been two years since the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted the Siona precautionary measures, obligating the Colombian government to take immediate and integral action to protect Siona leaders and families from escalating threats due to the decades-long armed-conflict, narco-violence and oil operations.

Stand with the Siona by signing and sharing this letter: www.amazonfrontlines.org/sionasurvival/Today, connected online from their rainforest territory along the Colombian/Ecuadorian border, the Siona of Putumayo have testified once again before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). It’s been two years since the IACHR granted the Siona precautionary measures, obligating the Colombian government to take immediate and integral action to protect Siona leaders and families from escalating threats due to the decades-long armed-conflict, narco-violence and oil operations.

Over 150 social leaders have been assassinated in the first six months of 2020 in Colombia. Near ancestral Siona territory, armed-actors have taken advantage of the government’s absence in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic to take control of more lands, carry out forced recruitment of teenagers, and threaten community leaders and indigenous guardias, in particular anyone found with COVID-19 symptoms.

For the Siona of Putumayo to speak out in defense of their lives and territories before the IACHR today takes courage. Their lives and their rainforest territories depend on the Colombian government taking urgent protective measures. Stand with the Siona by signing and sharing this letter: www.amazonfrontlines.org/sionasurvival/

Photo: A still from The New Yorker “SIONA: Amazon’s Defender’s Under Threat” directed by Tom Laffay, 2020
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It’s been two years since the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted the Siona precautionary measures, obligating the Colombian government to take immediate and integral action to protect Siona leaders and families from escalating threats due to the decades-long armed-conflict, narco-violence and oil operations.

Stand with the Siona by signing and sharing this letter: https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/sionasurvival/Image attachment

This inspiring short film highlights how and why the Heiltsuk Nation is drafting its Constitution, asserting its rights, values, principles and traditional laws

Heiltsuk Tribal Council
History and community are the pillars upon which our new constitution is being built – for Heiltsuk, by Heiltsuk. Guided by extensive engagement and consultation with our members, this document will further enable Heiltsuk to assert our Title and Rights and communicate our values, principles and traditional laws to the outside world. This film offers a glimpse of that process and the rich history and culture of our people.
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A federal court ordered the Brazilian government on Friday to expel an estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners from the Yanomami indigenous reservation to protect one of the most isolated major Amazon tribes from the spread of coronavirus.A federal court has ordered the Brazilian government to expel 20,000 illegal gold miners from the Yanomami indigenous reservation to protect one of the most isolated major Amazon tribes from the spread of coronavirus.

The Yanomami's lands have been invaded for decades by gold miners who have brought diseases fatal to their people. To date, there have been more than 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the Yanomami people and five deaths.

President Bolsonaro’s administration has five days to come up with an emergency plan to protect the Yanomami by deploying agents and military personnel.

From Reuters: www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-indigenous-mining/brazil-court-orders-eviction-of-illegal-gold-...
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A federal court ordered the Brazilian government on Friday to expel an estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners from the Yanomami indigenous reservation to protect one of the most isolated major Amazon tribes from the spread of coronavirus.

ICCA Consortium🔥Nos complace anunciar nuestros próximos intercambios en línea sobre territorios de vida, soberanía alimentaria 🎋🐠 y #COVID19.

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