Brazil — The new President Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in on January 1st. He feels emboldened to roll back rainforest protections and legitimize the police’s use of deadly force. According to a good article from The Guardian: “Brazil’s preeminent provocateur wrestled it straight into a Trumpian whirlpool of bluster and barminess.”. He portrays himself as a law and order candidate who will use force to “change Brazil”. All those who work tirelessly to help Indigenous People protect and … [Read more...] about A Note from Executive Director and Chair, Dr. Franca Sciuto
August 7th, 2017 Dear Members of the Board of Rainforest Fund, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the recent results of our work with indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon and take the opportunity to thank you and everyone on the board of the Rainforest Fund, its chair Dr. Franca Sciuto and its staff for their commitment to strengthening indigenous communities and their rights around the world. On the 11th of July in Sao Paulo at the Google Brazil offices, 3 … [Read more...] about A letter from the field: Brazil
A recent arcticle in the Washington Post, “Do the world’s ‘uncontacted’ tribes deserve to be left alone?,” caught my attention. … [Read more...] about 3+ Reasons to “leave uncontacted tribes alone”
FPIC, or Free, Prior and Informed Consent, is one of the most important principles in international law relating to indigenous peoples. … [Read more...] about Did FPIC get it wrong?
Rainforest Fund partner organization ClearWater and Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon are working hard in the wake of the latest oil spill to ensure that families have clean water. … [Read more...] about Supporting Community Led Environmental Monitoring in the Wake of An Oil Spill
While it is ultimately the Peruvian judiciary's responsibility to ensure that defendants are given a fair trial, we call upon the Peruvian Government to respect all of the International Conventions to which it is a party, … [Read more...] about Mass trial of indigenous leaders to take place in Peru, May 14 2014
The exploitation of young girls in the Solomon Islands is a harsh reality of the extractive industries that not only threaten lands but also human dignity. … [Read more...] about A Less Talked About Reality
Sharing, listening, and communicating are all part of Yanomami culture and are ingredients to building consensus - a crucial element of Yanomami governance. … [Read more...] about The Yanomami Way