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Story Publication logo November 17, 2020

Thirteen Candidates in 2020 Brazilian Elections Linked To Mining Requests on Indigenous Lands (Portuguese)

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Aerial view of gold mining area in Amazon forest region in Pará. Image by Tarcisio Schnaider/Shutterstock. Brazil, date unknown.
Aerial view of gold mining area in Amazon forest region in Pará. Image by Tarcisio Schnaider/Shutterstock. Brazil.

Note: The municipal elections in Brazil took place on November 15, 2020.

A well-known municipal candidate for the city of Manaus (AM) has his eye on tin ore in the lands of the Waimiri Atroari people in Amazonas and the Yanomami people in Roraima. Another candidate, who is newer to running for public office and trying to get a seat in the Rio de Janeiro Chamber of Deputies, is part of a company that was authorized to conduct a gold survey up until 2018 in the Munduruku territory, in Pará. They are among the 13 politicians who seek votes on Sunday, November 15, and have documented mining requests on indigenous lands of the Legal Amazon, either filed through their companies or as individuals.

The survey is from the Mined Amazon project, an InfoAmazonia initiative launched in 2019 that analyzed more than 3,000 mining requests filed with the National Mining Agency (ANM) that overlap with indigenous lands. Since 2014, there have been 38 mining-related requests throughout the country in these areas. Of this total, 32 requests are from politicians in the Amazon region itself.


Um conhecido candidato à prefeitura de Manaus (AM) está de olho em estanho em terras dos povos Waimiri Atroari, no Amazonas, e Yanomami, em Roraima. Já a empresa de um novato em eleições, que tenta uma vaga na Câmara do Rio de Janeiro, chegou a ter autorização de pesquisa de ouro em território Munduruku, no Pará, até 2018. Eles estão entre os 13 políticos que buscam votos neste domingo, 15/11, e têm requerimentos minerários em terras indígenas da Amazônia Legal, sempre por meio de suas empresas ou como pessoas físicas.

O levantamento é do projeto Amazônia Minada, iniciativa do InfoAmazonia lançada em 2019 e que analisou mais de 3 mil requerimentos minerários protocolados na Agência Nacional de Mineração (ANM) que estão sobrepostos a terras indígenas. Desde 2014, são 38 candidaturas em todo o país ligadas à mineração nessas áreas. Desse total, 32 são de políticos da própria região amazônica.

Read the full story in Portuguese on the InfoAmazonia website.

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