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THE CONFEDERATION OF ECUADORIAN INDIGENOUS NATIONS ACCUSES THE GOVERNMENT OF GENOCIDE IN FREE TERRITORIES OF ECUADORIAN AMAZONIA
CONAIE DENUNCIA AL GOBIERNO POR GENOCIDIOS EN TERRITORIOS LIBRES DE
LA AMAZONIA ECUATORIANA
Ministerial Agreement M.B.S. 01734 – 24 August 1989
The Confederation of Ecuadorian Indigenous Nations, the Confederation of Nations of Ecuadorian Amazonia and the Waorani Nation of Ecuador (NAWE), condemn before the Country, before public opinion, before international organizations and before the media of communication, the genocide which took place on 5 and 6 February 2008, when five Waorani brothers, among men, women, elders and children were brutally murdered by Colombian and Ecuadorian timber companies. This genocide takes place in Amazonia continually, backed by the Ecuadorian State and caused by the policy of granting mineral, oil and timber concessions in our territories.
The Amazon Gets Less and Less Green
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 By ANDREW DOWNIE/SAO PAULO
Despite the alarms about global warming, the news concerning Brazil’s
crucial Amazon jungle is not good. Once again, satellites are showing
deforestation is on the rise. And once again the government has announced a
package of measures aimed at halting it. If you think you’ve heard this
story before, you’re not wrong. It’s depressingly familiar. “This is only a
surprise if you believe in Father Christmas,” said Roberto Smeraldi,
director of Friends of the Earth’s Brazil office.
The new statistics show that deforestation for the last five months of 2007
was 3,235 sq. kilometers (1,250 sq. miles or about the size of Rhode
Island), a rise from the previous year’s figure and alarming because
deforestation normally drops in the final rainy months of the year. In a
world panicked by its own carbon footprint, the forests of the Amazon are
the planet’s largest absorber of carbon dioxide.
Even more disturbing was an alert from another government agency warning the
true figure is closer to 7,000 sq. km. (2,700 sq. miles) “It is a completely
new and very worrying development,” Joao Paulo Capobianco,
executive-secretary at the Environment Ministry, admitted at a press
conference to announce the figures on Thursday. So worrying that President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva brought together several ministers to discuss
measures designed at halting the destruction.
Lula, elected with the support of green groups who later accused him of
kowtowing to Brazil’s powerful agribusiness lobby, called for a complete ban
on deforestation in the 36 worst-hit municipalities and said he would next
month send 800 federal police officers to ensure the moratorium is
respected. He also told landowners they would have to register their
properties and prove they comply with existing environmental legislation,
something very few currently do. Those not in compliance will be ineligible
for government credit or prohibited from selling their property. Measures
will also be introduced to stop non-compliant businesses from selling their