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International Organizations Amplify Indigenous Peoples’ Demands in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

April 21st, 2020

(Photo by Etienne Delorieux on Unsplash)

COVID-19 poses a mortal threat to Amazonian indigenous peoples. The cases of the disease and death in the region are surging and there is the expectation that those numbers are likely to explode in the coming weeks. Now is the time to take action to prevent more deaths.

In solidarity, Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) has expressed deep concern about the impending threat of COVID-19 in their ancestral territories and communities and issued a statement. Among the demands, indigenous peoples are calling for an Amazon-wide moratorium on all extractive activity on their territories.

Read the full statement here.

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