Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas
Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas.
In Brazil, artists and activists protest against mining bill
The event, led by star Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, brought together other marquee artists as well as more than 200 non-profits groups. Meantime, inside Congress' Lower House, lawmakers began debating a proposal that aims to allow mining on Indigenous territory. The bill has languished in Congress since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro presented it in 2020. Brazilians artists such as Seu Jorge and rapper Emicidia were also expected to perform ahead of Veloso. Ana Paula Vargas, Brazil program director at non-profit Amazon Watch, said the Bolsonaro administration has tirelessly tried to rein in Indigenous rights.wftv.com