The IACHR asked Brazil to reverse the humanitarian crisis of the Yanomami in the Amazon caused by illegal miners

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According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the illegal extraction of minerals has contributed to the spread of contagious diseases and an increase in intercommunal violence

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The IACHR asked Brazil to reverse the humanitarian crisis of the Yanomami in the Amazon caused by illegal miners

The IACHR asked Brazil reverse the humanitarian crisis of the Yanomami in the Amazon caused by illegal miners. (REUTERS)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged the government of leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvato reverse the humanitarian crisis of the indigenous Yanomami people, in the Amazon jungle, caused during the term of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro .

In a statement, the organization expressed its “dismay over the serious humanitarian crisis” that has caused the death of 570 Yanomami children and made a call to the Brazilian State to guarantee “the survival of this population”.

Last week, the government of Lula da Silva ordered the withdrawal of illegal miners from Yanomami land, the largest indigenous territory in the country, and decreed the state of health emergency due to the serious conditions of malnutrition and diseases in the area.

The IACHR assured that food insecurity< /b> of the Yanomami people is “directly related to racial ethnic discrimination” and to the “invasion of illegal miners”, which have affected traditional sources of food.

Illegal mining has also contributed to the spread of contagious diseases and increased intercommunal violence” , said the body linked to the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Commission said that it takes note of the decision of the new Brazilian government to have decreed the state of health emergency, with which more than a thousand indigenous people with critical health status have been treated to prevent their death.

The IACHR asked Brazil Brazil reverse the humanitarian crisis of the Yanomami in the Amazon caused by illegal miners

Last week, the government of Lula da Silva ordered the withdrawal of illegal miners from Yanomami land, the largest indigenous territory in the country, and decreed a state of health emergency due to serious conditions of malnutrition and disease in the area. (REUTERS)

In addition, he criticized the “omission” of Bolsonaro's previous executive in the face of “the multiple complaints of protection by the Yanomami people”.

The IACHR urged “the State of Brazil to intensify its efforts to repair and reverse the humanitarian crisisand human rights that affects the Yanomami population”.

Armed agents from the ministries of justice, indigenous peoples and the environment of Brazil began the expulsion of thousands of illegal gold miners from the territory of the indigenous Yanomami, accusing them of bringing pollution, hunger and disease to one of the most isolated groups in the world.

Some 20,000 people are believed to be engaged in this activity, known locally as garimpeiros, who often use toxic mercury to separate the gold.

Some 30,000 Yanomami live in the largest indigenous territory in Brazil, covering an area roughly the size of Portugal and covering parts of the states of Roraima and Amazonas in the northwestern Brazilian Amazon.

The Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources(Ibama), with the support of the National Indian Foundation and the National Public Security Force, found a helicopter, an airplane, a bulldozer, as well as makeshift homes and hangars, and destroyed them, as permitted by law.

The IACHR asked Brazil to reverse the humanitarian crisis of the Yanomami in the Amazon caused by illegal miners

Some 30,000 Yanomami live in the largest indigenous territory in Brazil, encompassing an area roughly the size of Portugal and covering parts of the states of Roraima and Amazonas in the northwestern Brazilian Amazon. (REUTERS)

They also seized two firearms and 5,000 liters of fuel.

The federal government has declared a public health emergency for the Yanomami, who they suffer from malnutrition, malaria and other diseases due to illegal mining.

According to a report released Tuesday by the Ministry of Health, miners have invaded four clinics on Yanomami territory and rendered them useless . In the city of Boa Vista, where a temporary medical center for hungry and sick indigenous people has been set up, there are 700 Yanomami, triple its capacity.

(With information from EFE and The Associated Press)

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