We received with sadness and indignation the news of the death of the British journalist Dom Phillips and the indigenist Bruno Pereira, both recognized for their work in defending the conservation of the Amazon and the indigenous peoples and traditional communities that live there. We express our condolences and solidarity to the family at this difficult time.
Unfortunately, Dom and Bruno are the latest members of a painful list that already includes Dorothy Stang, Chico Mendes, José Gomes, known as “Zé do Lago”, Paulo Paulino Guajajara, among many others.
We at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are on a mission to create a world where people and nature thrive together. For this to happen, it is essential to respect and support the human rights of communities, so that they have an active voice and choice in decisions and actions that affect their lands, waters, livelihoods and culture. In this way, acts of violence, such as these, threaten the conservation of ecosystems, affect communities and intensify the risk of life among the most vulnerable.
As we value dialogue, we understand the important role of the free press and the ones fighting forequity, especially around under-represented groups, in the construction of a democratic, critical society with diversity of thought. Building a better future involves these people, as well as ensuring security and justice for all.
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