Pope Francis addresses heads of indigenous groups on his first visit to the Amazon biome

Pope Francis has warned that the Amazon’s indigenous people have 'never been so threatened in their territories as they are now' and demanded an end to the relentless exploitation of the region’s timber, gas and gold. Addressing an indigenous audience in Peru’s jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, the pope said the Amazon was not only a source of biological riches but a 'cultural reserve' under threat from new types of colonialism. He also referred to the issues of territorial rights, land titles and informed consent, including the right to veto infrastructure projects

Source: Guardian News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LEJ0_q0Ntc
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