Over 300 killed in Brazil over Amazon deforestation: report

Times of Oman | Sep 18, 2019 at 1:28 PM
  • A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has found that more than 300 people have been killed over the past decade in conflicts over the use of land and resources in the Amazon, many by organised criminal networks profiting from illegal deforestation.
  • The town of Novo Progresso, in Para, recently made headlines for a “day of fire”, in which prosecutors suspect a coordinated group set a series of blazes to burn forest and pasture land on 10 August.
  • Bolsonaro has weakened Brazil’s environmental enforcement agency Ibama, cut its budget by 25 per cent and restricted the ability of field agents to torch the equipment of those found committing environmental crimes, Reuters has reported.