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Stand with the Earth Defenders

To All World Leaders, Parties of the Three Rio Conventions, and members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):

We call on you to ensure the community land rights of Indigenous people and local communities (IPLCs) are 100% recognised by 2025 in multilateral agreements as well as in your national legislations and land tenure processes. Recognising the community land rights of IPLCs and respecting their rights is key not only to ensuring their survival, but also one of the most effective ways to address the massive loss of biodiversity we are facing, and the climate disasters associated with it. It is time to correct the harm and injustices committed against the people who are putting their lives on the line to protect the planet.

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Stand with the Earth Defenders

This is Paulo Guajajara. He stood in the way as loggers destroyed the Amazon -- and was brutally murdered. He isn't alone: every 48 hours an earth defender is murdered while protecting earth's vanishing wilderness:

Paulo Guajajara Brazil | Noel Castillo Aguilar Mexico | Aluísio Sampaio dos Santos Brazil | Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand India | Bronsel Impiel Philippines | Marcial Pattaguan Philippines | Alejandro Castro Chile | Haroldo Betcel Brazil | Rahmat Hakiminia Iran | Mohammad Pazhouhi Iran | Sharif Bajour Iran | Omid Kohnepoushi Iran | Ramón Rosario Venezuela | Pedro Vielma Venezuela | Reyes Orlando Parra Venezuela | Juvenil Martins Rodrigues Brazil | Eduardo Pereira dos Santos Brazil | Bakary Kujabi Gambia | Ismaila Bah Gambia | Francisco Munguia Guatemala | Dominador Lucas Philippines | Suresh Oraon India | Lando Perdicos Philippines | Florencio Pérez Nájera Guatemala | Alejandro Hernández García Guatemala | Katison de Souza Brazil | Ramón Choc Sacrab Guatemala | Adrián Tihuilit Mexico | Beverly Geronimo Philippines | Shanmugam India | Snowlin India | Tamilarasan India | Kanthiah India | Gladston India | Maniraj India | Antony Selvaraj India | Ranjith Kumar India | Jayaraman India | Karthick India | Jancy Rani India | Selvasekar India | Mateo Chaman Paau Guatemala | José Can Xol Guatemala | Luís Arturo Marroquín Guatemala | S Jegadish Dura India | Mark Ventura Philippines | Nazildo dos Santos Brito Brazil | Carlos Hernández Honduras | Barthelemie Kakule Mulewa DRC | Théodore Kasereka Prince DRC | Liévin Mumbere Kasumba DRC | Kananwa Sibomana DRC | Ila Muranda DRC | Moustapha Gueye Senegal | Faustin Biriko Nzabakurikiza DRC | Sandeep Sharma India | Agudo Quillio Philippines | Poipynhun Majaw India | Paulo Sérgio Almeida Nascimento Brazil | Ricardo Mayumi Philippines | Ronald Manlanat Philippines | Luis Fernando Ayala Honduras | Kavous Seyed Emami Iran | Yolanda Maturana Colombia | Héctor Manuel Choc Cuz Guatemala | Teurn Soknai Cambodia | Sek Wathana Cambodia | Thul Khna Cambodia | Evaldo Florentino Brazil | Ricky Olado Philippines | Márcio Matos Brazil | Quintín Salgado Salgado Mexico | Safeer Hussain Pakistan | Robert Kirotich Kenya | Guadalupe Campanur Mexico | Ronal David Barillas Díaz Guatemala | Valdemir Resplandes Brazil | Jomo Nyanguti Kenya

… the list goes on and on.

Indigenous people have protected ancient forests, rivers, and wetlands for centuries. But there's a deadly problem -- ruthless governments aren't recognising their land rights, and as illegal loggers, poachers, and miners invade, they are being butchered.

They are the earth's last line of defence. We have to help.

Governments are negotiating a groundbreaking deal to save biodiversity and could give full land rights to these courageous communities if we put on enough pressure, protecting them against loggers, miners, and poachers. But greedy corporations and ruthless governments are going all out to block the plan!

Avaaz is already in the centre of these critical talks -- so let’s build and deliver a deafening call demanding governments protect the lands of indigenous and traditional communities everywhere! Add your name and pass this on.
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