Organizations denounce at UN changes to environmental licensing and the “time frame” thesis

In a session of the Human Rights Council this Tuesday, June 29, Conectas and other organizations warn of the environmental and social risks of bills currently pending in Congress

Foto: Tiago Miotto/ Cimi
Foto: Tiago Miotto/ Cimi

Conectas, APIB (Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil), ISA (Socioenvironmental Institute) and Climate Observatory denounced Brazil this Tuesday, June 29, in the 47th session of the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) for proposed legislation that infringes on environmental and social rights in the country. 

In their oral statement, the organizations cited two proposals pending in Congress: the bill that alters the General Licensing Law to permit, among other things, automatic licenses; and the bill that adopts the “time frame” thesis for the demarcation of Indigenous Lands in Brazil, which violates the constitutional rights of native peoples.   

“We are experiencing an unprecedented period of setbacks and threats to our rights – particularly we indigenous peoples […]. We are asking the international community to support the protection of the Amazon and to protect indigenous peoples,” said Samara Carvalho, of APIB, who represented the organizations in the complaint. 

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