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STORY ONE: SOURCE: Front Line Defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org) In South America\Brazil On 24 and 25 June 2012 the bodies of human rights defenders Mr Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Mr João Luiz Telles Penetra were found following their disappearance on 23 June 2012.
STORY TWO: Source: Indigenous Issues and Resources News (http://www.indigenouspeoplesissues.com) In South America/Brazil Pará: Lawful Belo Monte Protestors Threatened With Imprisonment Leaders of Brazilian movement opposed to controversial Belo Monte dam threatened with imprisonment, for Lawful Protests International Groups Denounce Attempts to Criminalize Civil Society Leaders before OAS and UN Human Rights Bodies Brazilian social movements and civil society organizations are facing politically motivated prosecutions for their lawful opposition to the Belo Monte dam complex in the heart of the Amazon, a leading international human rights and environmental organization said today. In a report issued to the human rights arms of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN), Brazilian and international groups detailed attempts to prosecute human rights and environmental activists and seek the arrests of 11 civil society leaders.
STORY THREE: Source: AMAZON WATCH (www.amazonwatch.org) Stop the Belo Monte Monster Dam The Brazilian government is moving ahead "at any cost" with plans to build the third-largest dam in the world and one of the Amazon's most controversial development projects – the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in the state of Pará. The Belo Monte dam complex dates back to Brazil's military dictatorship and the government has attempted to build it through various series of national investment programs including Brasil em Ação and the Program to Accelerate Growth. Original plans to dam the Xingu have been greenwashed through multiple public relations programs over the course of two decades in the face of intense national and international protest.
STORY FOUR: SOURCE: SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL (www.survivalinternational.org) Alarmed UK MPs urge Brazil to save Earth’s most threatened tribe Brazil’s Awá tribe are the Earth's most threatened tribe. Dozens of British politicians are calling on Brazil to save Earth’s most threatened tribe by halting illegal logging and land invasions in their territory.