Indigenous movement of Rondônia is manifested against Decree 303~Rondônia

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Indigenous movement of Rondônia is manifested against Decree 303

Uploaded by: Administrator on 8/17/2012.
News source: Regional Pastoral and Indigenous Cimi Rondônia – Ji-Paraná-RO

More than 200 indigenous people took to the streets of Ji-Paraná, Rondônia, to express their indignation against the Ordinance 12 of 303/AGU, the PEC 215 and the mining Project on indigenous lands. A bridge located on the BR-364, the main access route to the two districts of the city, was closed. It is an historic mobilization for the indigenous movement of Rondônia, since there are more than 15 years was a mobilization of this size.


After the mobilization, a letter of Repudiation was delivered to the Federal Public Ministry of Ji-Paraná.

The following full Charter of indigenous peoples:


The indigenous movement of Rondônia, by means of its leaders and representatives of indigenous organizations and associations, expresses his dissatisfaction and indignation with respect to the Gatehouse of the AGU, n° 303, July 16, 2012 and in this sense, requires its immediate repeal.


We understand that this Ordinance hurt the rights of indigenous peoples guaranteed as results of historical struggles, expressed in legal documents, Central, namely: the Brazilian Constitution, ILO Convention 169 and the United Nations Declaration.


The Brazilian Constitution in article 231 which deals with the rights originating in the lands occupied by indigenous peoples, the concept stated that “they are lands traditionally occupied by the Indians, for they inhabited on a permanent basis, those used for their productive activities, essential to the preservation of environmental resources necessary for their well-being and the necessary for their physical and cultural reproductionAccording to their uses, customs and traditions. Thus, the lands that were occupied by the Indians always intended their permanent possession, leaving them the exclusive use of the riches of the soil, rivers and Lakes existing in them. “


However, the said Ordinance empties and modifies the indigenous rights during assured to the extent that arbitrarily imposes and authoritarian, a series of denials to the enjoyment of their traditional territories, among them, we highlight the item v: “the enjoyment of the Indians does not override the interest of national defence policy to install bases, military units and posts […], will be implemented, regardless of the indigenous communities involved and the FUNAI “, which shows that a dismissal policy is ongoing rights against collective enjoyment, areas such as Interministerial 420 the Gatehouses 424, establishing deadlines derisory for FUNAI if position front to impact studies and licensing of works, Forestry Code change to facilitate the exploitation of nature and PEC 215 to derail the demarcation of indigenous lands.


We remind you that the rights of the Federal Constitution are the result of a fight that began over more than 500 years, how much blood shed by the loss of our ancestral territories.


The ILO 169 Convention in its article 6, States that changes in indigenous territories should consider appropriate procedures through their representative institutions, whenever legislative or administrative measures may affect them directly or indirectly. Consultations on the application of this Convention shall be made in good faith and in a manner appropriate to the circumstances with the aim of reaching an agreement and get the consent of the proposed measures.


United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples, aims to defend their struggles in the world, the right to exist as distinct peoples and to stay autodeterminados while Nations and, as regards the autonomy – the right to consultation and prior consent, and informed as regards interventions in their territories. The Declaration upholds the autonomy and freedom of indigenous peoples to decide freely on matters affecting their lands, territories, natural resources, life and destiny, in relation to the society of which they are part and the self-rule that is the very form of social organization and economic policy of each indigenous people, besides the autonomy to decide according to their cultures on the issues that concern them.


In this way, it is important to ensure our rights recognised in legal texts, as well as make them reality for our people who live in the villages so that they can effectively enforce these instruments.


Accordingly, we call upon the Special Secretariat for human rights and the United Nations-UN to collectively demand the repeal of the Ordinance 303 and the guarantee that the State does not allow this indigenous rights violation!


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