Chief Raoni denounces Bolsonaro before the ICC for "crimes against humanity"

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Raoni Metuktire, leader of the Kayapo people and iconic defender of the Amazon rainforest, calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he accuses of committing "crimes against humanity" against indigenous peoples by destroying their habitat and violating their fundamental rights.

<q data-attributes = "{" lang ": {" value ":" fr "," label ":" Français "}," value ": {" html ":" Since his inauguration, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated beyond measure: increase in deforestation by 34.5% in one year, highest rate of assassination of indigenous leaders in the last eleven years, collapse and threats from environmental agencies "," text ":" Since his inauguration, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated without common measure: 34.5% increase in deforestation in one year, highest rate of assassination of indigenous leaders in eleven years, collapse and threats from environmental agencies "}}" lang = "fr”>Since his inauguration, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated beyond measure: increase in deforestation by 34.5% in one year, the highest rate of assassination of indigenous leaders in the last eleven years, collapse and threats environmental agencies, summarizes the complaint unveiled on Saturday by The world and consulted by AFP.

This situation, the most dramatic over the past ten years, is a direct result of the state policy developed by the government of Jair Bolsonaro, which aims to remove all obstacles to plunder the riches of the Amazon.

Extract from the complaint filed

This fifty-page communication to the ICC, written by French lawyer William Bourdon, brings together the accusations made by the cacique Raoni, dozens of local and international NGOs, international institutions and climate scientists.

The plaintiffs point out that the policies of the Bolsonaro government have led to the suspension of the demarcation of indigenous territories, the opening of protected areas to mining and agricultural exploitation, and the restriction of the budgets of environmental agencies taken over by the military. and complacency in the unpunished killings of seven Indigenous leaders in 2019.

A destruction of the Amazon rainforest, <q data-attributes = "{" lang ": {" value ":" fr "," label ":" Français "}," value ": {" html ":" essential for climate regulation and hit by record fires in2020, would constitute a direct danger not only for Brazilians, but also for all mankind "," text ":" essential to the regulation of the climate and hit by record fires in 2020, would constitute a direct danger not only for Brazilians, but also for all humanity "}}" lang = "fr”>essential for climate regulation and hit by record fires in 2020, would constitute a direct danger not only for Brazilians, but also for all humanity, underlines the complaint.

The complainants believe that this state policy leads to murders, forced population transfers and persecutions, constituting crimes against humanity as defined by the Rome Statute of the ICC.

In July 2020, health workers in Brazil also requested an investigation from the ICC for crime against humanity against Jair Bolsonaro, this time for his management of the pandemic.

A month earlier, in an interview with AFP, Chief Raoni accused the far-right Brazilian president of wanting to enjoy of the pandemic to eliminate its people.

The International Criminal Court, created in 2002 to try the worst atrocities committed in the world and which sits in The Hague, the Netherlands, is not obliged to follow up the thousands of applications filed with its prosecutor, who decides independently cases to be submitted to judges.

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