Maio 2007

Brazilian Indians have reacted with anger to Pope Benedict XVI’s claim during his recent trip to Brazil that their ancestors had been ‘silently longing’ to become Christians when Brazil was colonised 500 years ago.

Jecinaldo Sateré Mawé of the Amazonian Sateré Mawé tribe called the Pope’s remarks ‘arrogant and disrespectful’.

Pope Benedict XVI also claimed, according to the BBC, that the Christianisation of the region ‘had not involved an alienation of the pre-Colombian cultures’.

Today, the indigenous population of Brazil is less than 7% of what it was in 1500. Of a thousand distinct tribes, only about 220 remain.

The Catholic Church’s Indian advocacy group in Brazil, CIMI, has called the Pope’s statement, ‘wrong and indefensible’. Before the Pope made his comments, Indian leaders had written to him about the threats they continue to face, and expressed their gratitude for the support of missionaries and the church in Brazil in fighting for their rights.

Survival’s director Stephen Corry said today, ‘It is tragic that unlike previous popes who have visited Brazil, His Holiness did not meet with Indian leaders, and made no public reference to the genocide visited upon the indigenous peoples of Brazil over the past 500 years.’

For further information contact Miriam Ross on (+44) (0)20 7687 8734 or email


Don't play with the Amazon!
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At the opening of the EU – Latin America Summit in Vienna, a Greenpeace activist dressed in the Brazilian football team’s uniform, waves a banner reading ‘Don’t play around with the Amazon!’. We’re calling on the Brazilian
President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva taking part of the meeting, to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.


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© Greenpeace / Daniel Beltra

Greenpeace activist parachutes over a deforested area in Belterra, in the west region of Para state, with the message “100% Crime”, to protest against the soy expansion which is leading illegal deforestation, land grabbing and violence against local communities in the region.



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Manaus – Na próxima segunda-feira, às 16h30, na sede da Superintendência da Zona Franca de Manaus (Suframa), serão lançados os Anais da III Jornada de Seminários Internacionais sobre Desenvolvimento Amazônico, evento ocorrido durante a III Feira Internacional da Amazônia (FIAM). A iniciativa é pioneira na história do Pólo Industrial de Manaus e é resultante da cooperação entre instituições de Ciência e Tecnologia da região e a Suframa.

A publicação possui mais de mil páginas e reúne contribuições de pesquisadores locais, nacionais e internacionais, resultantes de debates ocorridos durante a Jornada de Seminários. Diferentes assuntos são retratados na publicação, entre os quais TV Digital, Ciência e Tecnologia e Processo Logístico.

De acordo com o coordenador-geral de Estudos Econômicos e Empresariais da Suframa, José Alberto da Costa Machado, a idéia de publicar os Anais da Jornada de Seminários foi a forma encontrada para socializar o conhecimento envolvendo o setor produtivo do Pólo Industrial de Manaus, discutido na III FIAM. As informações são do Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior.

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