“We are here to follow what is happening behind us, at the Paris court, and to tell you what is happening at home, in Brazil. » Representatives of the indigenous peoples of Amazonia took the floor, Thursday, June 9, in Paris, on the occasion of the first hearing of the legal action brought against the French group Casino, accused of participating in the deforestation of Brazil and of Colombia, and to commit human rights abuses by selling locally produced beef from those countries.
Framed by banners brandished by Extinction Rebellion activists, in front of logs placed on the ground, they called on civil society to mobilize: “The Casino supermarket network is fueling deforestation in the Amazon and the Brazilian Cerrado. We need your help to fight against these practices because the headquarters of this company is here”, insisted Dinamam Tuxa, a member of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB).
Law passed in 2017 obliges big companies to prevent human rights and environmental abuses
The Casino group was sued in March 2021 by an international coalition of eleven actors (the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, the Federation of Indigenous Peoples of Para, the Federation of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of Mato Grosso, Envol vert, Mighty Earth, France nature environnement, etc.) for breach of its duty of vigilance. The law adopted in 2017 obliges large companies to prevent human rights and environmental abuses, including when they are committed by their direct or indirect subsidiaries. However, according to environmental associations and indigenous peoples, Casino is failing in its obligations in Brazil and Colombia, where it is one of the biggest players in the distribution market.
Plots burnt and illegally seized
They base their statements on several recent reports produced by different organizations (the Reporter Brasil collective, Global Witness, Environmental investigation agency, Amnesty International, etc.). According to these investigations, Casino, through its subsidiaries Pao de Açucar and Exito, sells meat from slaughterhouses that have supplied themselves from farms involved in deforestation and serious violations of the rights of indigenous peoples. . This would be the case, for example, of the meat giant JBS, one of the group’s suppliers.
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