On the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ ‘Free Land Camp’ and the Mapuche’s Fight against the Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project
Stand for The Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Ancestral Lands!
A Statement of Support to the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ ‘Free Land Camp’
and the Mapuche’s Fight against the Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project
The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) extends its support and solidarity to the struggles of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and Chile! Thousands of Indigenous Peoples (IP) from the 5 regions of Brazil gather in this year’s ‘Free Land Camp’ (Acampamento Terra Livre) happening from April 23 to 27 to demand for the demarcation of their traditional lands by the Brazilian state. Meanwhile in Chile, the Mapuche communities are asserting their right to their sacred space which was recently invaded by the construction of Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho ecotourism project.
In strong unity, the IPMSDL stands with the Brazil IP community against the attacks of the Brazilian state and by president Michel Temer with his anti-indigenous “Opinion 001/2017 from the Union General-Attorney” or the Territory Registration Law that will rampantly increase land grabbing by making it impossible to register IP lands. This will wipe out almost all IP lands in Brazil in favor of huge agro-business corporations and government businesses, putting at risk the lands, culture, livelihood, and identity of the Brazilian IP.
The IPMSDL also strongly supports the Mapuche communities’ rejection of the construction of Sky Lican Ray Pino Huacho Project in their ancestral lands in the Villarica National Park. The protected area recognized as a National Park is also declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a Biosphere Reserve. The plunder of lands with projects masked as energy and recreational center projects unjustly disregards the ways of life, development, and culture of the IP.
We call on to IP movements, organizations, and advocates to link arms in defense against the violation of our collective rights as Indigenous Peoples! Grave violations of human rights, including threats of arrests and killings by state forces to IP leaders and communities defending their ancestral lands in Brazil, Chile, and in the whole of Latin America have been recorded in past years.
We condemn all forms of violations and destruction of our ancestral lands that put the IP at risk and further marginalization! We join the international IP movement in advancing our rights to self-determination, land, and life!
NO TO SKY LICAN RAY PINO HUACHO IN CHILE!
JUNK THE TERRITORY REGISTRATION LAW IN BRAZIL!
UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO
SELF-DETERMINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD!
UNITE AND STRUGGLE FOR OUR RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERATION!
Reference: Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org