The Saami Council is concerned about the enormous, damaging fires raging continuosly around the globe, threatening the livelihood and existence of the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon and Indonesian rainforests and the forests of Bolivia, Siberia, sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world.
The forests around the world are home to hundreds of Indigenous Peoples, and we stand in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters in the fight for the forests and for the millions of animal and plant species, essential to the earth and our existence.
Profit from farming, mining and logging, human consumption and increased production rates are valued more than the lives and human rights of the Indigenous Peoples inhabiting the forests. Violation of human rights of the Indigenous Peoples seems not to concern the respective national authorities and state leaders, and that should concern the rest of the world.
The Saami Council welcomes the initiative taken by the authorities of seven of the ninestates established on indigenous land in the Amazon, to find joint measures in order to stop the forest fires.
The Saami Council calls for actions from the UN and world leaders, to put and maintain pressure on the authorities of all the nine states established on indigenous land in the Amazon, and the authorities of Indonesia,
The Saami Council also calls for actions from the UN and world leaders to join forces and stop the fires raging in sub-Saharan Africa, Siberia and Bolivia.
The Saami Council urges world leaders and governments to implement the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in national legislation, to protect and respect the human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to set good examples for others to follow.
The Saami Council urges commercial partners, banks and companies, to divest from projects violation human rights of the indigenous peoples and damaging the living conditions of the inhabitants of the rainforest.
The Saami Council calls for world leaders and governments to establish and implement codes of conduct for companies operating on indigenous land, within the country’s own borders and abroad. The ethical and environmental standards ought to be respected regardless of the location of activity.
The Saami Council enourages individuals to support the Indigenous Peoples of the forests, and to support the organizations fighting alongside the Indigenous Peoples to protect the rainforests and indigenous land as such.
Åsa Larsson Blind
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Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Suriname, Venezuela, Guyana and French Guyana