Amazon Region

Welcome to the GSP’s Amazon Region genocide case study.

In some regions of the Amazon basin, especially in parts of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, small ethnolinguistic  groups of forest dwellers are under attack and in some cases threatened with genocide. For instance, according to The Economist (“Trees or Oil,” July 4, 2009): “Though half of Ecuador lies in the Amazon basin, its rainforest is shrinking faster than in neighbouring countries (by 1.67% a year). It has been ravaged by logging, poachers and oil extraction … Native tribes have been uprooted, forced deeper into the forest or have disappeared” (p. 47).

In the left sidebar you will find links to bibliographies and related websites.  

See also Survival International’s photo gallery, “Faces of Genocide.”