Sep 25, 2017

Brazil: The UN Human Rights Council Denounces Brazil’s Anti- Indigenous Policies

Photo courtesy of Human Rights Council @Flickr 

On 20 September 2017 at the United Nations, an indigenous Guarani- Kaiowa representative, together with organizations including, Amnesty International, FIAN Internacional, Articulação para o Monitoramento dos Direitos Humanos no Brasil, Conectas, Aty Guasu and Conselho Indigenista Missionário (Cimi) –  denounced the human rights violations happening against indigenous peoples in Brazil. Speaking at the major international forum for human rights issues, they called for the structuring of effective policies and the coexistence between indigenous peoples, states and social actors.

In a document delivered to the UN, the organizations reported the alarming suicide cases of the Guarani-Kaiowa, the paralyses in the demarcations of indigenous lands, the inefficiency of the National Council for Indigenous Policies (CNPI), and the budget cuts of the National Indian Foundation (Funai).  Following their participation at the UN Human Rights Council, the delegation travels to Brussels where, together with UNPO, they will have a round of meetings with EU officials and Members of the European Parliament. At the heart of the issue, they will discuss the ongoing case of Brazilian agribusiness prospering at great human and environmental cost. 


 The full article published by CIMI (in Portuguese) can be found here.