Stop Violence Against Amazonian Tribes

Target: Brazilian Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo

Goal: Increase protection for tribespeople and end intimidation killings

An 8-year-old girl wandered away from her family, members of the Awá tribe in the Amazon Rainforest, and fell into the hands of white loggers. As part of a campaign to drive tribes off of valuable land, the loggers tied the girl to a tree and reportedly laughed as they burned her alive.

The Awá tribe, numbering about 60 people, is like other Amazonian tribes in that they live in complete isolation from the modern world, following a nomadic lifestyle that changes with the seasons. A member from a neighboring tribe believed that the child’s encounter with the loggers would’ve been the first time she had ever seen white men–and the last.

These tribes are protected by laws defining their homes as protected reserves, which means that loggers are not allowed to use their land. Loggers have been ignoring these regulations, however, and are now trying to drive the tribes off of the land using intimidation methods. The last remaining tribes in Brazil are in constant danger, both because of the direct actions of the loggers and because logging depletes the animals and resources they need to survive.

It is reported that 450 tribespeople have been killed between 2003 and 2010, and the laws that would stop this are hard to enforce. There are not enough people or resources available to improve the protection of the tribes or the enforcement of the regulations, which is why Brazil must increase its efforts. It is time Brazil worked to curtail illegal logging and worked to better protect its last tribes. Urge the Brazilian government to guarantee the survival of these defenseless groups.


Dear Minister Cardozo,

Every single tribe living in the Amazon Rainforest today faces threats from all sides. Some of these are outside of our control and some are not. The barbaric killing of a young girl is a disgraceful and preventable crime, and sadly, it is not necessarily a rare one. The violence and killing being practiced by loggers is horrifying and inexcusable. It is both a breach of human rights and a direct attempt to destroy an entire group of people. It is time crimes like this ended, and the Awá, and others like them, were better protected.

Brazil must increase the number of personnel working to protect the tribes, and it must increase the amount of resources allotted to them. Although the area they must protect is vast, it is imperative that it is protected. The loggers must answer to justice, and the entire world demands that their brutal crimes be stopped. I urge you to increase all efforts to protect these endangered people, and guarantee them a life free from terrorism and fear.


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  1. valerie knapp says:

    They need to be made accountable and although I am normally against the death penalty I would make an exception here/find and execute them!

    • Totally agree,i’m really shocked and having extreme difficulty believing that these men have been allowed to walk free after committing the murder of a defenceless sweet child,and i’am so disgusted and extremely angry at knowing this heinous crime “had it been upon a white child” it would have been so different.The men certainly would not be free to continue their lives as if what they did was perfectly ok.
      I really wan’t to know why they’re not being made accountable,and punished,this is unacceptable!!!! This has me in tears,how that dear sweet girl must have suffered,her poor family.

  2. Jennifer C. says:

    I signed and I tweeted!

  3. Marie Antoinette Hernandes says:

    This is unbelieveable that Brazil has allowed this savagary of defenseless humans for so many years to exist. Pretending that they are unable to do anything to stop it. What you are doing Brazil is called…indifference, the greatest sin on earth.

  4. Im ashamed to be of the white race…Why do whites think they own everything? I think its time these and other murderers/thieves are held accountable. FIND THEM AND KILL THEM. (I am not one for violence but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!)

  5. what else did you think would happen???? we are talking about MAN,RIGHTTTTTTTTTTTTT ???

  6. KatWrangler says:

    Sad to know that land is worth more than people’s lives. Not the first time, either. The world doesnot need the products gotten by slaughter. Brazil, and the rest of us, must find alternatives to the logging products. God, humans are like a plague of locusts.

    Brazil MUST enforce its laws pretecting the Amazon Rainforest AND, more importantly, its native tribes. I like Shahariar Imam’s idea about The Hague ICC. There are people in this world who are appalled at these disgusting atrocities

    I’m sure it’s known who these monsters are. Find them and get rid of them permenantly. The world does not need this type of people taking up room, oxygen and food and water.

    This was murder, and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

  7. Unforgivable sin. Pure evil. The world MUST know this and chase those murderers down till they PAY.

  8. Larry Murphy says:

    It has not been proved but at least one of my mother’s mother’s brother looks like he might have native American influences. I wonder as my mother has also said we might have Indian blood. Could the Bass family [in my family tree] have an influence?

  9. It is not difficult to imagin why the goverment does not react and these murderes are punished. Nationbal as well as foreign loggers are financed by national BNDES, cuttlefarms, mining, eucalyptus-farms a.s.o. are of the goverment interest, corruption is endless…!!!Brazil since ever cared for it´s native poeple only with pressure from the exterior, even if today tehre are also local organisations who do so but are not strong enough. It is important to have protests and pressure from outside!

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