Brazil ignores deadline to save Earth’s most threatened tribe – Survival International

Brazil’s authorities have ignored an urgent deadline by a federal judge to evict all invaders from the heartland of Earth’s most threatened tribe by the end of March. The Awá tribe is at extreme risk of extinction as the authorities have taken no action to stop illegal loggers and settlers from destroying their forest.

In March 2012 Judge Jirair Aram Meguerian ordered that all the loggers and settlers should be removed within 12 months. But the deadline has passed – and not a single person has been evicted.

Over 30% of one of the Awá’s territories has already been deforested. The Awá have reported that loggers are rapidly closing in on their communities and have already been marking trees for deforestation as little as 2 miles away. Logging trucks laden with wood leave the area day and night and the Indians are scared to go into their forest to hunt.

Haikaramoka’a, an Awá Indian, told Survival International, ‘The loggers are ruining our forest. They have built roads. We are scared; they could go after the uncontacted Indians. We are scared because the loggers could kill us, and the uncontacted Indians.’

via Brazil ignores deadline to save Earth’s most threatened tribe – Survival International.


  1. Governments are only too happy to dispatch troops on behalf of corporations and the rich to forcibly remove indigenous tribes from their territories. Even when humanitarian crises have been recognized by the courts, governments look the other way. The public and the mainstream media largely tell us that we should settle these disputes in court, “legitimately”. Clearly that is not working. Not in Brasil, not even in Canada. The people who hope to profit and benefit from the resources that are plundered – generally the middle and upper classes – don’t dare speak up because they know that without this exploitation, they can’t have the sort of lifestyle they want. Such is capitalism. Internalize benefits, externalize impacts.

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