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Greens back International Day of Action to defend Amazon forests

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Lee Rhiannon 22 Aug 2011

Greens NSW Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has put her support behind today's international day of action for the Amazon calling on the Brazilian government to halt the Belo Monte dam and protect the human rights of Amazonian peoples.

"The Greens are pleased to join today's global call to protect the Amazon and its peoples from a wave of deforestation and dam projects", said Senator Rhiannon.

"The planned Belo Monte dam is an impending environmental and human rights disaster for the Amazon and it is just the first of a possible 60 dams on the table in the coming two decades.

"Amazonian forests are also under threat form a major rollback of the Brazilian Forestry Code. I am concerned about report that the Brazilian government is failing to protect forest activists against assault and intimidation.

"I will write to the Brazilian Ambassador to express my concerns about the Belo Monte Dam, the proposed changes to the Forestry Code and about claims of intimidation against forest activists.

The Rainforest Information Centre will hold an action in support of the Amazonian forests at 1pm today outside the Brazilian Embassy, 19 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla, featuring 3 blue Pandoran Avatars. Supporters and the Pandorans from Avatar will leave their protest at the Brasil Embassy at 2 and come to Federal Parliament forecourt for a 2.30 photo shoot.

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