Jun 13, 2022

Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira: Police deny bodies found of missing Amazon pair

Brazilian police have denied local reports that the bodies had been found of a journalist and indigenous expert missing in the Amazon. The two men have been missing since 5 June.Local groups say both men had received threats for their work supporting indigenous rights in the region, where they were travelling by boat on a reporting trip. Days before the pair went missing indigenous groups say Mr Pereira had been threatened for campaigning against illegal fishing in the area. The region where they disappeared is home to around 6,300 indigenous people from more than 20 groups. As well as clashes with fishermen catching protected stock, it has also seen incursions by illegal gold miners, loggers and drug traffickers who smuggle cocaine from neighbouring Peru.Alarm over the men's disappearance was initially sounded by two indigenous rights groups, who said the pair had been travelling by boat in the Javari Valley to interview members of an indigenous guard.

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