Indigenous leaders in Brazil have accused President Jair Bolsonaro of committing crimes against humanity and have filed a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is reported by the television channel France 24.
Kayapo tribal chief Raoni Metuktire and Paiter Surui tribal leader Almir Narayamoga Surui filed the lawsuit on January 22.
The tribal leaders pointed out that since Bolsonaro was elected head of state, deforestation of Amazonian forests has increased dramatically and the number of killings of indigenous leaders has peaked, breaking records for the past 11 years. In addition, they noted that conservation agencies were powerless and faced threats.
Metuktire and Surui stressed that the forced relocation of people and persecution are “crimes against humanity.
France 24 notes that the Bolsonaro government had previously proposed legislation to relax restrictions on commercial mining, gas and oil extraction, and large-scale agriculture in the Amazon regions.
The Guardian, citing a report by the nongovernmental organization Climate Observatory, specifies that since Bolsonaro took office, large areas of rainforest have been destroyed and traditional communities have been threatened. Deforestation has jumped nearly 50 percent in two years, reaching the highest point since 2008. In 2019, incursions on indigenous lands increased 135 percent, and at least 18 people were killed last year as a result of land conflicts.