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Brazilian bishops denounce lawlessness in Amazon basin

September 06, 2016

A commission of Brazilian bishops has issued a statement describing the Amazon River basin as a “land without law.”

The bishops stated that major landowners, ranchers, and agribusinesses are exploiting natural resources as they continue their push into the basin. The bishops also decried violence against indigenous persons and the descendants of slaves who live in the region.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 07, 2016 10:50 AM ET USA

    The Brazilian bishops have identified one huge source of "sins against the environment:" the Amazon basin. This region has been nefarious in its slashing and burning of the tropical rain forest to grow their ingredients for the world drug trade. As stated here, not only do they destroy the natural environment and the health and well-being of school children around the world, but they enslave the native peoples in defiance of more than eleven centuries of papal directives to the contrary.