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AI top level mission to Brazil to discuss indigenous peoples’ rights and police violence

Wednesday, August 7th 2013 - 17:42 UTC
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Indigenous peoples’ rights and police violence are the focus of a High Level Mission (HLM) by Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty in Brazil where he is scheduled to meet with top politicians and officials to discuss an array of human rights abuses and violations which need to be addressed. Read full article


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  • nerosaxo

    To late for Ethnic Argentinians ......THEY ARE ALL MURDERED.

    Aug 07th, 2013 - 09:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    “According to UN figures, more than 2,000 people are killed by the police every year in Brazil. Between 1998 and 2009, more than 10,000 police killings were recorded in Rio de Janeiro state alone; police violence is also prevalent in many urban centers.”
    Do they think the police deliberately jumps into the forest to kill indigenous? This figure is quite misleading if read alone. Living near the reserves are a nightmare for Brazilians who always fear those intruders entering their land - yet this minority own 13 of my country. Thanks God we have less indigenous than Peru. The majority of them are just POOR PEOPLE who are TAUGHT to be indigenous by the marxist gangs and ONG's financed by rich foreigners who want the country to be in chaos (read: George Soros). In the end, Brazilians lose their land and those poors are left in the roads selling stuff and not cultivating anything at all. This process is well documentated and repeated in almost every issue involving the natives.

    Aug 07th, 2013 - 10:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    These are two distinct issues:
    i. The use of weaponry in the attack on, and defence of, the citizenry, resulting in deaths of protagonists and of bystanders.
    ii. The land rights issue, particularly with respect to peoples with pre-colonial ancestry.

    i. ..... The drugs-based gangster fiefdoms of the favelas could be left to the warlords - as it is in the North West Frontier of Pakistan/Afghanistan, with a nod and tacit agreement that these fiefdoms are part of Brasil, and live to different rules. This is done in many, many areas of the world, but the BRICS aspire to a coherent culture and fight gangster fire with fire. There is no 'halfway house' here, where the protagonists agree to meeting in a stadium on a Saturday night and grind out an eventual 'winner'. No, the heavy automatic weaponry deployed by the gangs cannot be controlled by batons and shields.
    It will be interesting to hear the solutions proposed by Amnesty International .... sit down and talk, perhaps.

    ii. ..... The land issues are well known worldwide and well documented. Much of Brasil, where the margin of agriculture meets the 'virgin forest', is fought-over and land-grabbed by the coronels and their extended families. They run the state governments, control the state judiciary, and dominate the actions of the federal government; they have their own fiefdoms. They are immune from the law. This is like the pre-USA Clanton gang and the cattle barons.

    Landless peasants have created a huge Marxist 'travelling circus' of discontent, winning regular government cash and land sufficient to temporarily keep them quiet and away from agro-industry.

    'Indigenousness' is declining as each year goes by - by land-loss, interbreeding and urbanisation . FUNAI, the agency for 'indians', tries to intercede with the ranchers, loggers and miners.
    Imagine if the USA left all indian-occupied land of the 1800s to the indians ... no 'development'. Same with the Belo Monte dam, etc.

    Amnesty I. ... over to you ..

    Aug 08th, 2013 - 06:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    yet this minority own 13 of my country. Thanks God we have less indigenous than Peru.

    This “Amerindian minority ” owned the land before the Europeans arrived. They have more right to it than any colonists - because that is what the bulk of the Brazilian population are.

    Aug 08th, 2013 - 07:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    And in the words of CFK and Argentina,
    all foriengers should pack their bags and go home..

    yet somehow it never seems to include them..

    Aug 08th, 2013 - 03:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    #4 It is very known that a lot of this lands were no one's land, but the indigenous got it all. It depends on the land. I don't want them to be expropriated, I want them to stop expropriating real Brazilians.

    Aug 08th, 2013 - 06:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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