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Karla Mendes

'No to the mine' - Mexico's Indians fight to stop mining on ancestral land

Mar 05 2019

IXTACAMAXTITLAN, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After nearly 20 years of wrangling, a group of Nahua Indian villagers could make legal history in Mexico this month when a court rules on a land dispute involving a Canadian miner.

Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal

Feb 25 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In its efforts to slash its climate-changing emissions nearly to zero by 2050, Rio de Janeiro has chosen a perhaps unlikely place to start: its trash bins.

Without defense, indigenous Brazilians left to languish in jail

Jan 17 2019

DOURADOS, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The plight of jailed indigenous Brazilians looked unlikely to change under President Jair Bolsonaro, campaigners said, despite a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation backing findings that many were locked up on dubious charges and without a lawyer.

Brazil expels loggers in rare operation to protect threatened tribe

Dec 19 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian authorities have expelled a group of illegal loggers and ranchers from a remote area of the Amazon in a risky and rare operation to protect a threatened indigenous tribe.

Indigenous land, culture at stake in Brazil election - experts

Oct 26 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Victory by far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Sunday's elections could lead to indigenous people losing lucrative land, campaigners and researchers warned.

Decades of dispossession: indigenous Brazilians battle to get back land

Oct 25 2018

CAARAPO, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years after he was shot, indigenous chief Elpidio Pires cannot shake the smell of gunpowder.

Brazil's fashion brands score poorly in first supply chain slavery index

Oct 11 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The 20 biggest fashion retailers in Brazil - where slave labor is a major problem - scored poorly on an index assessing their social and environmental practices, with almost half failing to disclose any information, UK-based campaigners said on Thursday.

Is poverty or prejudice driving removal of Brazil's indigenous children?

Oct 10 2018

DOURADOS, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a judge, Brazil's Zaloar Murat Martins de Souza is used to making tough calls. More and more, he finds himself having to make one of the toughest of all - whether to separate a child from its family.

Indigenous candidates run in record numbers in Brazil election

Oct 05 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A record number of indigenous candidates are running for federal and state offices in Brazil's elections on Sunday, a trend campaigners hope will shine a spotlight on the lack of land rights for the country's indigenous population.

Uncontacted tribes at risk amid 'worrying' surge in Amazon deforestation

Sep 18 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Illegal loggers and militias cleared an area three times the size of Gibraltar in Brazil's Amazon this year, threatening an "uncontacted" indigenous tribe, activists said on Tuesday.

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