In Pará, Munduruku Indians cry out for the defense of their rights to the territory and health

In Pará, Munduruku Indians cry out for the defense of their rights to the territory and health



Communities invited MPF to hear concerns of families of indigenous lands comes out grey and Indian Beach in the southwest of the State


The Munduruku of 1.5 thousand indigenous indigenous lands (TIs) comes out grey and Indian Beach, southwest of Pará State, are outraged with the violation of their rights represented for measures of the Federal Executive and legislative powers to amend the form of demarcation and the use of their territories. They also protest against the invasion of their areas by supposed technical planning service in hydropower, against the fact of not having been consulted about the installation of hydroelectric plants and against health care insecurity in TIs.

The demands were presented to the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) in indigenous meetings held this week in the municipalities of Itaituba and Jacareacanga. For the events were invited public prosecutors Fernando Antônio Alves de Oliveira junior Felicio Pontes Jr., representatives of the National Indian Foundation (Funai) and indigenous leaders of other ethnic groups of the region.

“We are against these Ordinances because we have many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to create,” said Kanchana, Munduruku women’s leadership in the region, referring to 303, the Attorney General order of the Union (AGU), and the proposal of constitutional amendment (PEC) 215.

The Gatehouse 303 enables military interventions and road, mineral and hydroelectric projects on indigenous lands without prior consultation of its people, in addition to providing for review of demarcated lands. The PEC 215 assigns exclusive jurisdiction to the National Congress in regard to the demarcation of indigenous lands, quilombolas and conservation units.

“The Government does not respect our rights, they want only that we observe the decree that they created. God commanded the earth not to destroy, but to create our children upon this earth, and so while we are alive we will defend what is right of our indigenous peoples “, complements the Munduruku leadership.

In it Goes gray, the Prosecutor Fernando Antônio Alves de Oliveira Jr. reminded everyone that the indigenous law of the territory is a fundamental right to be defended of all forms by the MPF in Pará and in Brasília, through the Attorney General’s Office.

‘ Canned ‘ Not live -“We the Munduruku, Kayabi ethnicities Apiaká, and do not want dams because not Kayapo live canned food, live from hunting and fishing” wrote Roberto Crixi, Munduruku leadership, in a letter delivered to prosecutors in the event.

According to Indians who were during the assemblies, the hydroelectric projects for the region cause concern in TIs not only because of future impacts (mass migration to the southwest of Pará State, flooding of land, increased land speculation and deforestation, hydrological regimes change, interruption of navigation, among others), but also because of the impacts that have already begun to occur.

Indigenous peoples denounced that there are people coming in TIs to do research without the permission of the communities. The leaders were to conduct a survey of sacred sites that can be destroyed if the hydroelectric plants out of the paper. “There are sacred places that whites may not touch, but there will be destruction,” warned the cacique Luciano Saw.

Investments construction proposal millionaires of seven dams on the rivers Tapajós and Jamanxim are viewed with amazement by the natives on the lack of resources for health and education in the communities. Lucius Akai, the village Kaburuá, said that Abrin acting in the region as health agent 12 years, often had to pay out of Pocket medicines and equipment necessary for the attendance of indigenous patients.

The medical post of the village Leaves gray, for example, has no blood pressure measuring apparatus or greenhouse for sterilization of nursing materials. Unlined, the roof of the post turned address for bats.

“This money should be placed on health, not on things that destroy life. Why that the rulers do not come here to talk about these projects? There they were going to hear our opinion “, criticized Saw.

The Coordinator of the Pahyhyp indigenous Association, Middle Tapajós, Francisco Iko Munduruku, presented a summary of the General Assembly held in late August indigenous in Itaituba, in Mangrove Beach indigenous land. According to him, five indigenous communities were unanimous in declaring themselves against the hydroelectric projects.

Mining -Indigenous Representatives reported that the announcement of the arrival of the hydroelectric projects already is causing the invasion of illegal prospectors, lumberjack and squatters in indigenous lands, mainly in search of gold and diamonds in the areas of conservation units that may have its limits changed by Government measures.

According to the leaders, the rivers of the region are already being quite contaminated by illegal miners and the operation of fishing practiced in TIs is suffering a drastic reduction of production due to the impacts of this activity illegal prospecting.

Areas where until recently there were three points of exploration prospecting today come with twenty or more of these points, informed the indigenous. The miners were coming mainly from the State of Mato Grosso and Suriname.

The MPF was to articulate with the Federal police operations to arrest those responsible for mines and seizure of materials used.

Federal prosecutors in Pará Communication advice (91) 3299-3299-0148/0177



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