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Top UN Rights Body Calls for Protection of Environmental Defenders

Expand Itahu Ka’apor leads the Ka’apor forest guardians as they set out on patrol to identify illegal logging activity in their lands. Alto Turiaçu Indigenous Territory, Maranhão, Brazil. © 2017 Luciana Téllez-Chávez for Human Rights Watch I met Itahu Ka’apor after a long journey on a rough dirt track into the indigenous territory of Alto Turiaçu, in the Brazilian Amazon. After welcoming me and my colleagues into his community, he spent several days showing us how his people, the Ka’apor, defend the forest that is central to their identity and their survival from the scourge of illegal logging.…

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