Brazilian Indigenous Group Sues Bolsonaro at the ICC

The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)  filed a case against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro for alleged “genocide” and “ecocide” at the International Criminal Court (ICC.)

APIB accused Bolsonaro of “an explicit, systematic and intentional anti-Indigenous policy” since he became president in 2019.

“We believe there are acts in progress in Brazil that constitute crimes against humanity, genocide, and ecocide. Given the inability of the justice system in Brazil to investigate, prosecute and judge these [crimes], we denounce them to the international community,” said APIB coordinator Elo Terena. 

Bolsonaro was also accused of leaving Indigenous communities vulnerable and neglected amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to APIB, 900,000 Indigenous people in Brazil are particularly vulnerable to outside diseases, including COVID-19 while 1,166 have died from the pandemic so far. 

Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire has already filed a separate case to the ICC to investigate Bolsonaro for alleged crimes against humanity last January.

The ICC will now have to decide whether to pursue the cases filed by APIB and Metuktire.

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