A shocking new report shows that luxury jewelry brands are sourcing gold through illegal mining on the Yanomami people's land in the Amazon!
Illegal mining activities like this have resulted in the destruction of the forest and the contamination of rivers with mercury. And it doesn't stop there: the illegal gold diggers also brought violence and diseases to the region.
This news should make gold the new "blood diamonds" -- but brands Bulgari and H. Stern are saying nothing, hoping to bury the story and make it go away.
It's up to us to turn this report into a massive global news story and ensure that luxury gold jewlery isn't coming at the Amazon forest's and its people's expense.
The Yanomani lands are the largest reserve in Brazil. Illegal deforestation there has increased by over 300% in the past 4 years. In just the last year, two Yanomami children were killed by the heavy machinery used for illegal mining, while two more drowned while fleeing attacks by illegal gold diggers.
Every minute, over three football fields of the Amazon rainforest, are being lost, and Indigenous land occupied by illegal mining has increased a staggering 495% over the past decade.
And as if illegal mining and deforestation aren’t bad enough, the investigation by the Federal Public Ministry of Brazil showed how the gold buying and selling sector is also linked to slave labour and money laundering.
We have to push Bulgari and H.Stern to stop profiting from the Yanomami tragedy, and this is the first step in the fight to free Brazil from illegal gold mining.
After massive pressure and constant persistence, our community has already forced powerful multinationals like Hugo Boss and Apple to adopt concrete measures in their supply chains to protect human rights. Let's keep fighting together for a better world.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. 1 February 2023.
G1. 30 January 2023.
The Intercept. 4 December 2021.
Repórter Brasil. 24 June 2021.