Concerns are growing over the fate of Dom Phillips and Bruno Araújo Pereira
, 피츠버그는 지난 10월 자전거 절도 용의자에 연루된 남성의 사망에 대한 내부 조사 후 경찰관 5명을 해고하기로 결정했다. first reported missing in the Javari Valley
, in the far western part of Amazonas state on Sunday
. They had reportedly received death threats just days prior
Mansur noted that five other people have also been questioned by police in connection with the disappearance of Phillips and Pereira, who had traveled to the region to conduct research for a book project on conservation efforts in the region.
Ahead of the news conference
, media organizations and family members of both missing men 전화 for the federal government to step up their search efforts
. Federal Police Superintendent Eduardo Alexandre Fontes said Wednesday that a total of
250 남자들, two helicopters
, three drones and
16 boats have been deployed for the search and rescue operation
Phillips and Pereira have been missing for more than 72 시간, according to the Coordination of the Indigenous Organization. 조직, known as UNIVAJA, said satellite information showed the pair’s last known location in the São Rafael community early on Sunday morning, where they were expected to meet a local leader who never showed up.
ㅏ “위험한” 부위
Home to thousands of indigenous people and about
16 uncontacted groups
, the Javari Valley
— the second largest indigenous territory in Brazil
— is a patchwork of rivers and dense forest that makes access very difficult
. The area has come under increased threat from illegal miners
, hunters and international drug traffickers exploiting its vast network of rivers
수요일에, Federal Police Superintendent Fontes described the area where Phillips and Pereira went missing as “복잡한” 과 “dangerous.”
Phillips and Pereira had traveled to the region to conduct research for a book on conservation efforts there
. 필립스, an Amazon specialist
, had previously 신고 for British newspaper The Guardian on threats posed by illegal mining and cattle ranchers to uncontacted indigenous groups in the region
Despite being under government protection
, the Javari Valley can be a hostile environment for journalists and indigenous rights activists
. According to Brazil’s Public Prosecutor’s Office
, an indigenous affairs worker was 살해 in the area in September
“In this region, violence is advancing in an increasingly uncontrolled manner in the context of the invasion of indigenous lands and lands that belong to the state, repression of the freedom of press and the work of journalists,” UNIVAJA said in a statement.
에 2018, Phillips reported on the threats posed by illegal mining and cattle ranchers to uncontacted indigenous groups there, with Pereira at the heart of that article.
Survival International, an NGO that advocates for indigenous peoples, said Pereira had previously received “many threats” as a result of his work as an “ally of the Indigenous struggle.”