Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá are threatened with death by farmers in Mato Grosso do Sul

Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá are threatened with death by farmers in Mato Grosso do Sul

  

Mandate holders of the human right to the environment and to land,
Territory and feed request urgent intervention of public authorities on serious and violent conflict that settled in the region

Since the beginning of the morning of August 10, when about 400 indigenous people-including men, women, children and the elderly – peacefully retook part of the tekoha (sacred territory) Korá Brook, located in the municipality of Paranhos, Mato Grosso do Sul, on the border with Paraguay, the increased tension in the region. The Guarani-Kaiowá were violently repressed by gunmen hired by ranchers, getting under the fire of rifles for four hours and having to hide in the Woods. One of the Indians could not escape and is gone.

The territory of Arroio-Korá was approved by the Federal Government in 2009 and, although there are about 700 hectares still in dispute, the party resumed already is unquestionably Indian territory. However, farmers still occupying the land. For this reason, the indigenous claim rapid solution of the conflict and guarantee their rights, recognized by the Federal Constitution and by the international agreements that deal with the topic, and of which Brazil is a signatory, as the Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.

In November last year, the Rapporteurs of the human right to Land, territory and the Food had already directed a letter in protest of the murder of Cacique Nysus, in Tekoha camp in Amambaí, Guaviry, and requiring immediate measures for the conflicts of Mato Grosso do Sul. The actions taken were absolutely insufficient, what entailed in maintaining and aggravation of conflicts.

“It’s going to have war”

To further increase the climate of tension, last Saturday (18) the electronic journal Midiamaxnews released a news in which farmers threaten to start a war against the Guarani-Kaiowá. Among farmers is Luis Carlos da Silva Vieira, the “Black Scarf”, which appears in a video giving the tone of threats: “If the Government wants war, will have war. If they can invade, then we can also invade. We cannot be afraid of non-Indian. We go from to war, and it will be next week. These Indians there, some risk remains. What does left over, we’ll give the pigs eat “(read here).

On human rights violations and the imminence of a confrontation, the mandate holders of the environment and Earth, Power and Territory requesting the Government forwarded the letter the urgent measures for the solution of the conflict and to guarantee the Indians of their physical integrity, psychological well-being and material conditions to live according to their ancient traditions.

The letters were forwarded to the National Indian Foundation (Funai), the human rights Secretariat (SDH), the Federal Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Federal Prosecutor and the Prosecutor of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul.

What are the mandate holders

The human rights mandate holders are an initiative of the Brazilian civil society, which aims at contributing to the Brazil adopt a standard of respect for human rights. The project was implemented in 2002 by the platform Dhesca Brazil, inspired by the UN special mandate holders. The challenge of the Rapporteurs is to diagnose, report and recommend solutions to violations identified by civil society. To investigate the complaints received, the mandate holders visiting the sites conducting missions, public hearings, with implications for public authorities and publish reports with recommendations for overcoming the problems identified.
Information:

Sérgio Sauer – National Rapporteur for the human right to Land, Territory and food (61) 9982-6303-
sauer.sergio@gmail.com
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Fakhari da Silva-National Rapporteur for the human right to the environment (85)-8837-7665
cristiane@terramar.org.br
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Michèle Sato – National Rapporteur for the human right to the environment (65)-3615-8431
michelesato@gmail.com
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Erica Lobato-Advises the Rapporteur to the human right to Land, Territory and food (61)-8179-1146
lobato.erica1@gmail.com
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Fabrina Furtado – Advises the Rapporteur to the human right to Human Environment (21)-8107-0991
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