The powerful agribusiniess lobby has directed its congressional and judicial allies from the Temer administration to neutralize FUNAI's efficacy by slashing its budget, compromising its independence, and undermining its ability to comply with its constitutional mandate. Mr. Temer has never been voted as president by the Brazilians. Yet his adminstration is slashing FUNAI with similar attacks like Donald Trump is waging against the EPA, the environmental protection agency of the US. Unfortunately indigenous land-titling processes have been frozen by a specious legal opinion issued by Brazil's Attorney General. We call on the Office of Brazil's Attorney General to immediately revoke its legal attacks upon this critical institution.
The extremely climate-damaging oil extraction from tar sands requires three tons of tar sand for just one barrel of oil. Huge amounts of wastewater contaminated with heavy metals and carcinogenic hydrocarbons end up in rivers and the ground water. A tar sands oil pipeline, known as the Kinder Morgan pipeline is currently being laid across British Columbia. Local opposition has been huge. Over 10,000 people marched on the streets in Vancouver, and (so far) over 100 people have been arrested for direct action. Protest at the Canadian embassy against the pipeline project. Ask Prime Minister Trudeau to take action against tar sand mining. We were additionally asked for help in the South of the USA where the Bayou Bridge Pipeline would endanger the water supply of Louisiana conveying fracked oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota and the Dakota Access Pipeline. see also our last message from 2015-12-20 under 'new'.
Ashaninka leader Benki Piyãko was threatened to be killed and invoked a Brazilian court in order to protect him. However his complaint was dismissed; instead he is now threatened to spend up to 8 years in prison because of reputational damage against his adversaries.
A veridct of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on th 6th of March could make an end to the approx. 200 trade deals which include investor state dispute settlements. The veridct says that investor state dispute settlement courts are incompatible with EU law and applies to an investor protection treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia. It will decide on CETA whether the judgment holds in practice. Fortunately the parliaments of the EU member states are currently not allowed to ratify CETA because of the veridct.
According to business-humanrights.org 129 human rights defenders were assassinated in 2017 because of business interest, 88 in 2016 and 84 in 2015. However other sources like the “Waldportal” (see message from 2016-06-20; go to 'update') indicate a far higher number of killings like 185 environmental and land defenders in 2015. The most dangerous countries were Brazil with 94 killings, the Philippines (43 killings), Colombia (37), Honduras (22), Guatemala (19), Peru (19) and Mexico (14) in the years from 2015 throughout 2017. 20% of the murders have hit indigenous leaders in 2017, 40% in 2016 and 33% in 2015.