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Nobel Peace Prize Could Be Stinging Rebuff to Brazilian President Bolsonaro if Indigenous Leader Wins

The Nobel committee is scheduled to announce the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, bestowing the distinction on one one that meets its standards. Environmental activist and indigenous Kayapo tribe chief Chief Raoni Metuktire is likely one of the favored nominees for the award for his work to guard the Amazon rainforest from deforestation.

If awarded, it is going to sign worldwide help for Metuktire, who has been an outspoken activist in opposition to Brazilian leaders — together with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — who’ve been dismissive of the destruction plaguing the Amazon. As one of many Amazon’s most outspoken environmentalists, Metuktire has confronted criticism from the right-wing Bolsonaro, and a Nobel Peace Prize would supply a agency rebuttal to derogatory feedback made by Bolsonaro about efforts by Metuktire and different indigenous leaders to defend the Amazon.

Nobel Peace Prize Could Be Stinging Rebuff to Brazilian President Bolsonaro if Indigenous Leader Wins
Raoni Metuktire has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in opposition to deforestation within the Amazon rainforest. EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty

In an op-ed in The Guardian in September, Metuktire accused Bolsonaro of encouraging deforestation.

“President Bolsonaro of Brazil is encouraging the farm owners near our lands to clear the forest-and he is not doing anything to prevent them from invading our country,” he wrote.

In an address to the UN General Assembly on September 24, Bolsonaro accused international governments of manipulating indigenous individuals and denied the size of the Amazon fires.

“Unfortunately some people both inside and outside Brazil, supported by NGOs, have stubbornly insisted on treating and keeping our Indians as if they are real cavemen,” he mentioned. “Indigenous leaders like Chief Raoni are often used as pawns by foreign governments in their media war to advance their interests in the Amazon.”

The 89-year previous Nobel Prize nominee responded by saying, “Bolsonaro said I was not a leader, but it is he who is no leader and should go.”

In 1978, Jean Pierre Dutilleux directed a documentary about Metuktire, which introduced the chief into the worldwide highlight. Metuktire used his newfound fame to voice his considerations concerning the affect of deforestation on the Kayapo individuals. In 1989, Metuktire campaigned with British singer Sting to carry consideration to deforestation within the Amazon. Metuktire met with French President Emmanuel Macron in August of 2019 to handle the considerations of the Kayapo tribe and 62 Brazilian organizations of the consequences of deforestation on the Amazon. The assertion referred to as on G-7 leaders to take motion in opposition to Bolsonaro’s insurance policies which have allowed the destruction of the Amazon to worsen in 2019. A press release from International Rivers famous that Metuktire had extra vital feedback of Bolsonaro: “Bolsonaro is the main mentor of the problems that are happening in Brazil. Bolsonaro’s position encourages famers to set the fires, because they feel supported by a head of state.”

Metuktire is nominated alongside activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, The UN High Commisioner for Refugees, and Reporters Without Borders.

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