After threats for combating illegal mining, leader of the Middle Juruá needs to be removed from the region

Manoel Cunha is an employee of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and manager of the Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve, located in Carauari (AM). He was threatened last week by four hooded men who were circling the Juruá river in search of information about his whereabouts. The ICMBio server had to leave his home.

As coordinator of the Middle Juruá Territory Program (PTMJ), Sitawi condemns the threats made to the environmentalist and supports the measures taken to guarantee his well-being and safety. 

Manoel is a strong leader for the Middle Juruá community and is actively involved in the mobilization that interrupted the activities of an illegal mining raft in the area. The action that took place in November last year it was carried out by IBAMA and the Federal Police, with support from ICMBio and the Military Police. During the operation, in addition to the burnt raft, a boat was seized and was under the custody of the ICMBio unit in the Middle Juruá Resex, in the person of Manoel Cunha. 

However, in December, a lawsuit was filed in the state court of Amazonas with the aim of returning the speedboat to the miners. Based on the process, Judge Francisco Carlos Gonçalves de Queiroz asked the Comarca de Carauari to return it, on the grounds that Cunha had stolen it. 

The case has the support of local entities – such as the Medium Juruá Territory Forum, which released an informative note to disseminate this information. In the letter, the Forum argues that the process instituted has no legitimacy, since state justice cannot dismiss the action of a federal body – in this case, IBAMA and the Federal Police. Read in full. 

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