Murder of Amazon tribe 'genocidal' - rights group

Brazil, Tribes
Gold miners reportedly killed members of an uncontacted Brazilian tribe. Photo credit: Survival International

Illegal gold miners in Brazil have allegedly killed at least 10 members of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon.

According to indigenous right advocacy group Survival International, woman and children were among those killed.

It is believed members of the tribe were gathering food alongside a river in the west of a the country when they were spotted by the miners.

Brazil's indigenous affairs agency's Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior said those minors then spoke about the killings later on at a bar.

"They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river," she said.

Survival International adds the Brazilian Government is cutting funding to the protection of the Amazon groups which is leaving them vulnerable.

"The slashing of funds has left dozens of uncontacted tribes defenceless against thousands of invaders," Survival International's director Stephen Corry said according to reports.

"All these tribes should have had their lands properly recognized and protected years ago - the government's open support for those who want to open up indigenous territories is utterly shameful, and is setting indigenous rights in Brazil back decades."