Tribal Members Murdered by Miners Deserve Justice

Target: Michel Temer, President of Brazil

Goal: Prosecute miners who attacked and killed rare uncontacted and isolated tribal community.

The government of Brazil under President Michel Temer has come under intense criticism for its ‘anti-Indian’ stance, following reports that yet another tribal community has been brutalized by outsiders. In the most recent alleged attack, ten members of an uncontacted tribe were said to have been slaughtered by illegal gold miners, who later bragged about killing them and throwing their bodies into a river. If true, it is believed that this attack may have wiped out one fifth of the isolated tribe’s entire population.

Many indigenous rights advocates, including Survival International, who reported the story of the suspected massacre, have said that Temer’s administration is directly to blame due to severe budget cuts to Funai, the government agency tasked with handling indigenous affairs. These cuts have resulted in many Funai bases closing in recent months. In many cases, these administrative posts are the only official voice the uncontacted and isolated indigenous groups of the Amazon have. Without them, tribal members are more vulnerable than ever to attacks and exploitation at the hands of outsiders.

President Temer has a responsibility to ensure that the indigenous people of Brazil have adequate representation and protection. Sign the petition below to demand that more protections be provided in these remote regions and that justice be sought for those allegedly murdered at the hands of illegal miners.


Dear President Temer,

The reported attack carried out against an uncontacted tribe in the Javari Basin is a tragic example of what can occur when illegal gangs of miners and loggers are permitted to push deep into the Amazon without government oversight. The lawlessness in these regions has resulted in countless acts of violence and deprivation against indigenous Brazilians, and it must be brought to an end.

The estimated 100 remaining uncontacted and isolated tribal groups of Brazil have every right to continue their traditional way of life and to determine their own future. You must ensure they are protected and that resources, such as Funai, have the funding needed to safeguard and represent them. We demand that you do all within your power to seek justice for this allegedly massacred tribe and prevent future violence against indigenous peoples.


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  1. Gene Sengstake says:

    If the government is inept at protecting these tribes then some decent people need to take up arms to protect them. I mean really – the loss of a few barbaric gold miners and such could do nothing but improve the state of the world – and would perhaps give other like minded human garbage second thought before slaughtering more of the tribal peoples – – –

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    This is so wrong on every single level of humanity! Your despicable Government needs to get its act together and stop corruption, and police these lowlifes.
    These are your very own people who have for millions of years lived off the land in a perfectly balanced ecosystem, and you stand back and allow murderous money hungry thieves slaughter them like they are worthless? Please protect what you have left by training people to be upstanding Officers of the Law.

  3. sheila menache says:

    Something needs urgently to be done about this – pressure must be put on the authorities to protect these people

  4. Murder is Murder whoever commits it and whoever the victim[s]. So illegal mining [first crime] then murder [second crime] followed by throwing bodies [the evidence] in the river [third crime] – and I wonder whatever else besides. And it is criminal that there is no Government support for these small tribes who ask for nothing other than to be able to lead their own lives, in peace, living off the land and not blighting the lives of others by destroying their ancestral homeland.

  5. Annie Au Yong says:

    These miners have NO RIGHT to encroach and murder the local tribes…

  6. Seems clear that those that benefit from owning these territories have them killed. More disturbing when governments look on!
    The miners are mere pawns, and take the brunt for corporations behind that game.

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