Waves of loggers are invading the territory of one of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet, says Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights. The Brazilian Indians, known as the 'Last of the Kawahiva', are the survivors of a larger tribe who have been killed or died of disease.
A UN expert has warned that the Brazilian government is failing to recognise the rights of the country’s indigenous peoples after seeing first hand their shocking conditions. Many tribes around the country are subjected to genocidal violence by outsiders intent on stealing their lands and resources.
In an official press release, the organisers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have accused Brazilian tribal peoples of infanticide, sexual abuse, rape, slavery, torture and other “harmful traditional practices”, prompting outrage among human rights campaigners.
As Olympic athletes encounter untreated sewage dumped into Rio de Janeiro’s watercourses, a new report from the Christian charity Tearfund and the Institute of Development Studies, finds that the mountains of waste that pollute our environment and cause disease could instead be used to reduce poverty and save lives.