A British journalist was reported missing on Sunday after venturing into the Amazon rainforest. The family of 57-year-old Dom Phillips have called on British and Brazilian authorities in London to carry out further searches to find the man, AFP reports.
Guardian contributor Dom Phillips and indigenous peoples scholar Bruno Pereira ventured into the Amazon rainforest and are believed to have disappeared in the Javari Valley in the state of Amazonas, located in the west of the Amazon basin, near the Peru.
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The region is experiencing an upsurge in armed violence due to the presence of miners, gold miners, poachers and drug traffickers.
At a gathering of nearly 30 people outside the Brazilian embassy in London, the man’s sister, Sian Phillips, in a statement to the media, asked: “Where is Dom Phillips? Where is Bruno Pereira?”
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Sian Phillips criticizes the Brazilian authorities for having been slow to react to the situation, but she says she hopes that the two men will soon be found.
“We want the UK authorities to put pressure on the Brazilian government. We want the investigation to continue. We want to know what is happening to them and we want anyone responsible for a criminal act to be brought to justice. We want a persistent investigation, thorough and open,” Sian Phillips told AFP.
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In an area where trafficking is rampant, Brazilian authorities still hope to find the two men alive; however, they did not rule out any form of outcome, including that of homicide.
Paul Sherwood, Dom Phillips’ brother-in-law, told AFP: “We have been assured that everything that can be done has been done.”
Several prominent figures, activists and human rights groups have rallied to the cause and urged Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to do more research.
(With agency contributions)
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