Amazonian indigenous leaders urge Boris Johnson to protect tribes

Amazonian indigenous leaders have delivered a letter to Downing Street amid concerns about the protection of tribes in the Amazon rainforest.

The leaders are calling on Boris Johnson to condemn the actions of Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, which they view as a failure to protect indigenous tribes.

Raging fires in the Amazon rainforest, known as "the lungs of the planet", sparked global concerns last year.

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The leaders are calling on Boris Johnson to condemn the actions of Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, which they view as a failure to protect indigenous tribes picture: PA

But Mr Bolsonaro hit back at his critics, accusing Mr Macron of using a "sensationalist tone".

Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country last year - up 84% over the same period in 2018 - and environmental agencies pointed the finger at the country's government for its relaxed policy towards deforestation.