On Monday 7th October, MPs will debate a petition urging the UK to make demands to the EU and UN to sanction Brazil to halt increased deforestation of the Amazon. Daniel Zeichner MP, a Member of the Petitions Committee, will open the debate.
The petition, which has more than 122,000 signatures, states: “The government of Brazil led by Bolsonaro favour the development of the Amazon rainforest over conservation, escalating deforestation.
“Indigenous people have called for the EU to impose trade sanctions on Brazil to halt the deforestation because they fear genocide.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “The United Kingdom shares concerns about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, and the severe impact on the climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. However, key to tackling these issues is to work with Brazil to find solutions rather than imposing sanctions.”
Monday’s debate will provide an opportunity for MPs to question a Government Minister directly on these topics.