Letter that Minister did not receive cobra compliance with indigenous rights

Letter that Minister did not receive cobra compliance with indigenous rights

[8/21/2012 17:58]

The document calls for the repeal of Decree 303 of AGU and the respect for the right to prior consultation of indigenous peoples. The episode had repercussions in the press and was rated by some newspapers as a “diplomatic incident”

The letter the Minister of culture, Ana de Hollanda, refused to receive during the Kuarup ceremony, last weekend on the PIX (Parque Indígena do Xingu), in Mato Grosso, the Government’s cobra to a series of initiatives contrary to indigenous rights.

The document asks for, among others, the repeal of Decree 303, AGU (Advocacia-geral da União), which prohibits the extension of TIs (indigenous lands); respect for the right to prior consultation on projects that affect these areas; and archiving of the PEC (proposed constitutional amendment) 215, that you want to transfer to the Conference the allocation of demarcate TIs (read the full below).

The negative Ana de Hollanda in receiving the letter caused embarrassment and was seen as a failure by the hosts of the traditional feast in honour to the dead performed by indigenous peoples of Alto Xingu.

The episode had repercussions in the press and was rated by some newspapers as a “diplomatic incident”. The Minister was the highest authority present. So it was chosen to receive the document.

Tracks protesting, it largely initiatives were scattered around the village where happened the Kuarup

The episode occurred in the late afternoon of Saturday, just before you start the party, which this year paid tribute to the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro. So learned of the intention of the indigenous to deliver text, without giving explanations the Minister retired from the Bank in front of the House of men, in the village of Yawalapiti community, where the ceremony took place. The group that wanted to deliver the text was waiting for Ana de Hollanda. She would have remained some time in hollow where he was staying.

“This kuarup was important to show that we want respect for our rights. We had a letter to deliver in the hands of Minister signed by people all over the Xingu. We want to respect, “said the cacique Aritana Yawalapiti.

“For indigenous people is disrespectful to be in our House and do not receive a letter. We treat everyone with respect and want the same, “said Takkan Yawalapiti.

Ana de Hollanda said the newspaper Correio Braziliense that left the place where would receive the letter because he was feeling tired. “I would be the carrier, but not officiated nothing. Have not read the letter, I do not know what is written, “he said.

The European Union’s Ambassador in Brazil, Ana Paula Zacarias, and Senator Rodrigo Rollemberg (PSB-DF) were also at the ceremony. The Congressman ended up getting the document and pledged to read it on the Senate floor.


The Madam President of the Republic of Brazil Dilma Roussef
CC: the Minister of culture Mrs. Ana Maria Buarque de Hollanda
CC: to the Governor of Mato Grosso Silval Barbosa
We, organizations and indigenous leaders of the Xingu, gathered at the ceremony of the Kuarup, in August 18, 2012, in the village Yawalapíti, the Xingu Indigenous Territory (TIX), Mato Grosso, we express our dissatisfaction on of the following acts of violation of indigenous rights: the proposal of constitutional amendment (PEC) 215; the non-compliance with ILO Convention 169, in carrying out large projects with impacts on indigenous lands, such as Belo Monte; the changes made in the Brazilian forest code; the proposals on conduct for regulation of mining activities on indigenous lands and the more recent and severe Ordinance 303 of AGU.
Therefore, the indigenous peoples of the Xingu reinforce the manifestations of other indigenous movements of Brazil and require:
a)the immediate repeal of the Ordinance) 303 of AGU;
b) full compliance with the Convention 169 of the ILO, particularly the right to free, prior and informed consultation of indigenous peoples;
c) energetic action from the Federal Government to ensure the protection of riparian forests and areas of permanent preservation (APPs), in view of the increasing degradation of the headwaters of the rivers that run through and feed on indigenous lands.
At the moment the Brazil prepares to host an event of world character, the Olympics in 2016, the Federal Government uses, as a marketing strategy, the image of indigenous peoples, specifically xinguanos, which contrasts with the growing and scary setback of our rights.
It is urgent that the Brazilian State do more than enhance the indigenous cultures of symbolic form. It is necessary that, in practice, are guaranteed the maintenance and enforcement of rights already conquered. This, Yes, it would be a true manifestation of respect for indigenous peoples, something that Brazil could be proud to show to the world.
Sign:Indigenous Land Association Xingu (ATIX) Ethno-Environmental Research Institute of Xingu (IPEAX) Portal do Xingu Awapá Yawalapíti Association (AYA) Tulukai Association: Waurá Kamayurá Mavutsinim Association The Kuikuro Alto Xingu Indigenous Association (AIKAX) Moygu Ikpeng Community Association (AMCI) Kisêdjê Indigenous Association (AIK) Mehinako Uyaipiuku Association Yudjá Yarikayu Indigenous Association Kawaiwetê Organization Center Aweti Association Indigenous peoples of the Xingu: Ikpeng, Yawalapíti, Trumai, Kamayurá, Kuikuro,: Waurá, Kalapalo, Nahukwá, Matipu, Mehinako, Aweti, Yudjá, Kisêdjê, Kawaiweté, Naruvutu, Tapayuna.


ISA, Instituto Socioambiental.http://www.socioambiental.org/nsa/detalhe?id=3646

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