Brazil: indigenous groups ask the International Criminal Court to open an investigation against Jair Bolsonaro, accusing him of “genocide”


Jair Bolsonaro advocated the opening of indigenous lands and protected areas in the Amazon to the exploitation of natural resources, attracting an avalanche of criticism in Brazil but also abroad.

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The Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) on Monday, August 9, asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro for “anti-indigenous policy”, “genocide” and “ecocide”.

The indigenous tribes of Brazil have already taken the ICC against the Brazilian president, but this is the first time they have done so with indigenous lawyers, explained in a statement the Apib, which brings together various regional organizations fighting for the defense of indigenous rights. “In view of the inability of the current justice system in Brazil to investigate, imprison and judge (those responsible for) these acts, we denounce these actions before the international community and seize the ICC “, said Eloy Terena, legal coordinator of Apib.

Jair Bolsonaro advocated the opening of indigenous lands and protected areas of the Amazon, already seriously affected by deforestation and illegal mining prospecting, to the exploitation of natural resources, attracting an avalanche of criticism in Brazil but also in the ‘foreigner. In recent months, thanks to the weight of the agribusiness lobby in Parliament, various bills have been introduced which are considered very threatening by the natives. These represent 0.5% of the 212 million Brazilians and their land covers 13% of the territory of the immense country.



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