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16 Feb 2024

Mining Watch

Brazil: Over a hundred organisations publish open letter condemning Belo Sun's lawsuit against communities, HRDs, NGOs and researchers

Amazon Watch

"Over 100 International Organizations Denounce Belo Sun’s Efforts to Criminalize Brazilian Land Defenders", 16 February 2024

...[O]ver a hundred Canadian and international organizations published an open letter in support of human rights and environment defenders who are being criminalized for speaking out against a proposed Canadian gold mine in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon...

On October 17, 2023, Belo Sun Mineração filed a criminal lawsuit against more than 30 small-scale farmers, community leaders, environmental defenders, researchers, and representatives of Brazilian and international organizations following a series of protests against the mine and its irregular acquisition of public land demarcated for agrarian reform...

“It’s time for the Canadian government, particularly Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, to take a stand and publicly denounce Belo Sun for its peril to the Amazon and its inhabitants,” says Gabriela Sarmet, the Brazil Campaigns Advisor for Amazon Watch. “We must halt all mining ventures in the Amazon, as they pose grave and irreversible threats to global climate stability and the future of humanity”...