On October 29, 2019, the indigenous governor of the Tacueyó Reserve, Cristina Bautista, was attacked and killed in the Cauca region of Colombia by members of the Estructura Dagoberto Ramos, a dissident FARC group which wished to extend its control over the communities that she led. She died, along with four members of an indigenous guard...
Brazil: cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon found in supply chain of leading meat-packer JBS Government data shows steep rise in illegal commercial cattle ranching in protected areas of Brazil's AmazonIllegal commercial cattle ranching drives land seizures, violence and threats against indigenous peoples and traditional residents of reservesJBS urged to implement effective monitoring system...
Main image: Aerial photo of agricultural land near Ipiales, Colombia. Photo by Luis Eduardo Bernal M. 2009. In February 2019, Darío Acevedo was appointed president of Colombia's National Center for Historic Memory (CNMH) whose objective is to discover the historical truth of the country's...
This article is an edited version of one published by Ojo Público. You can see the original here. Five years after the murder in the heart of the Amazon of the Asheninka leaders Edwin Chota, Jorge Ríos Pérez, Leoncio Quintisima Meléndez, and Francisco Pinedo Ramírez, OjoPúblico traveled to Ucayali. Our...
This is the first of a series of articles contributed by LAB partner Agência Pública from São Paulo, Brazil. It brings together material first published in the series 'Amazônia sem Lei' on Agência Pública's website. You can see the original and other material (in Portuguese) here. 97.7% of conflict...
When we think of climate change, we often envision it in terms of forest clearance, shrinking ice caps, melting glaciers and rising oceans. But just as important is the question of land and the way humanity makes use of it. Rachel Simon has examined it for LAB. August this year saw...
Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, 31 July 2019 Migration and Displacement at crisis point In addition to our website, LAB’s Facebook page provides a daily stream of summaries and links to articles published elsewhere. In this and future newsletters we will mention some of these, with the...
Agência Pública is a LAB partner, and provided this article for publication in English by LAB. Translation by Shanna Hanburyt The original, in Portuguese, can be read here. In a closed four-hour meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, rural farmers from the Amazonian state of Pará criticized environmental protection agencies and government representatives promised...
The last few days have seen President Jair Bolsonaro begin to show his true colours as an authoritarian populist.  The ex-army captain sacked four generals seen as moderates, strengthening instead  the influence of Bolsonaro’s very own Rasputin, the extreme right-wing guru Olavo de Carvalho, and reinforcing his social media image of a strongman and crusader in...
The Bolsonaro administration has launched policies that undermine IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency, and ICMBio (The Chico Mendes Institute) which protects the nation’s federal conservation units, by effectively dismantling environmental law enforcement and allowing deforestation to proceed unchecked. Fines imposed for illegal deforestation between Jan. 1 and May 15 this year were down 34 percent from the same period...

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