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In the morning of June 5, 2022, environmental and Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders Bruno Pereira (Brazilian Indigenous peoples’ expert and civil servant) and Dom Phillips (British journalist and collaborator of The Guardian) were reported missing, after last being seen in the Javari Valley, in the Amazon state, near the borders with Colombia and Peru.
They had received death threats in recent days, according to the local organization leading their search, Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (Univaja).
We are very concerned by the failure of the authorities to locate them and by the lack of international cooperation to urgently deploy search and rescue teams in the area around the borders between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, where they went missing.
We call you to urgently mobilize all efforts to find Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips alive, including international cooperation with Colombia and Peru. Security forces at all levels should provide all necessary contingents and equipment for the search.
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office must also guarantee prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations for finding them alive and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice.
We also call on the Peruvian and Colombian Presidents to urgently deploy search and rescue teams to their respective regions that border the area where Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips went missing.