opening of an investigation for “genocide” against the Yanomami populations
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The Brazilian Minister of Justice announced on Tuesday, January 24, the opening of an investigation for “genocide” after the publication of official data reporting the death in 2022 of a hundred children under the age of five in the Yanomami indigenous territory.
” I decided yesterday to open a new police investigation for a possible genocide in this Yanomami territory, Minister Flavio Dino told CNN Brazil. ” We believe that there are very strong indications of denial of food and health assistance to these indigenous populations “, he added. The investigation, which targets public officials and health sector officials in the indigenous territory, will also focus on complaints of environmental crimes and embezzlement of public resources.
The government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva dismissed 43 soldiers from Funai (National Foundation for Indigenous Peoples), who were appointed during the administration of Jair Bolsonaro and are suspected of failing to protect the rights of indigenous peoples.
National organizations, in particular the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, denounce that the crime of genocide against indigenous peoples is a deliberate policy of the government of former President Jair Bolsonaro to destroy the indigenous peoples of Brazil. In recent days, a series of very serious photos and information have been made public about the circumstances of the death and illnesses suffered by the Yanomami people. This information has already been forwarded to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. And from what we know, the prosecutor is evaluating the merits of trying this case in an international jurisdiction, particularly since there have been no investigations here in Brazil that have taken into consideration the scale of the crimes, nor their leaders and more. particularly former President Jair Bolsonaro.
Eloisa Machado, lawyer of the APIB association in the ICC
The Ministry of Health announced last week the death in this isolated territory in the middle of the virgin jungle in 2022 of 99 children under five years of age. Among the causes of death, pneumonia, diarrhea and gastroenteritis, probably of infectious origin, as well as hemorrhage or severe malnutrition.
Lula” hectic for what he saw
The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, sworn in on January 1, went to Boa Vista this Saturday, in the state of Roraima, in the north of the country, where part of the Yanomami territory is located. ” what i saw shook me “, he had indicated, evoking scenes” inhuman when reporting your visit.
Some 30,400 indigenous people live on Yanomami lands, between the states of Roraima and Amazonas, but also in parts of neighboring Venezuela. The populations of these lands, supposedly inviolable and where all mining is prohibited, struggle to feed themselves due to the destruction of the tropical forest where they normally find their livelihoods.
According to the Yanomami chiefs, some 20,000 illegal gold prospectors have invaded their territory, killing indigenous people, sexually abusing women and adolescents, and contaminating their rivers with the mercury that separates gold from sediment.