National Association of Funai Servers (Ansef): Note of rejection

Saturday, May 11, 2013

 

National Association of Funai Servers (Ansef): Note of rejection

 

“Is inappropriate manipulation of facts that leads reactionary sectors of society and influential in the Federal Government to shift the land problem in Brazil for the issue of the demarcation of indigenous lands”, denounces note of National Association of Employees of Funai, 5/10/2013.

The entity repudiates “the unconstitutional claim the Minister Chief of staff Gleisi Hoffman to suspend the processes of identification and demarcation of indigenous lands in the State of Paraná, on the understanding that the Minister acted concerned itself, in view of its intention to apply to the Government of the State of Paraná, using the demarcations of Indian lands as electoral platform”.

“Absurd and shameful Note” is how described the note of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, whose Minister is Gilberto Carvalho.

Here’s the note.

“We, the National Indian Foundation, we have seen the public reject the way the current Government is dealing with indigenous peoples and, consequently, FUNAI, in disregard of its legal responsibilities for the promotion and defence of the rights of indigenous peoples and, in particular, with regard to the process of demarcation of indigenous lands.

The conduct of the demarcations of Indian lands processes is an assignment of FUNAI and follows a legal administrative procedure, clear and careful as provided for in the Constitution and Decree 1,775/1996.

It is worth mentioning that the Government Dilma Rousseff was the least it has approved tribal lands since the Federal Constitution of 1988.

The argument is always rewarding and that the indigenous peoples would have “other land” does not reflect the reality, even more if we consider the regional situations, such as, for example, the situation of confinement of the Guarani Kaiowá people in Mato Grosso do Sul, or of the people of South, Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil. Well-known situations of the Federal Government, which has been omitted to take its responsibility and give the minimum conditions for the FUNAI comply with its institutional role, despite numerous manifestations of servers against the lack of working conditions.

Is inappropriate manipulation of facts that leads reactionary sectors of society and influential in the Federal Government to shift the land problem in Brazil for the issue of the demarcation of indigenous lands. The agricultural census of IBGE of 2006 points out that the Brazilian agrarian structure is one of the most unequal in the world, demonstrating that large properties with more than 1 thousand hectares account for 43% of the total area of the country. Added to this, we know that large landowners are influential in driving the country’s policy, and it is precisely the actors who have placed frontally against the indigenous territorial rights.

We come then to the question of the real interests that lead some politicians to disqualify public institutions that work by national and collective interest and the defence of human and constitutional rights.

In this way, we reject emphatically the way Government’s own industries are driving public opinion, feeding and reproducing historical prejudices on indigenous peoples.

We reject the unconstitutional claim the Minister Chief of staff Gleisi Hoffman to suspend the processes of identification and demarcation of indigenous lands in the State of Paraná, on the understanding that the Minister acted concerned itself, in view of its intention to apply to the Government of the State of Paraná, using the demarcations of Indian lands as Soapbox.

We reject the absurd attempt to submit for consideration of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) study of identification and demarcation of indigenous lands, and the company itself, under the Ministry of agriculture, livestock and food supply, assumed in public statement not having “by assigning opine on anthropological or ethnic aspects, involving identification, declaration or demarcation of indigenous lands in Brazil”. Such a move only confirms the promiscuous relations between the Federal Government and the rural sector landowner. Also, be advised that this initiative only comes to collaborate with the enhancement and intensification of land conflicts and violence on the field.

We reject the way the Government is criminalizing the indigenous movement active in defending their territory.

We reject the National Force as an instrument of State repression, in order to enforce the conduct of feasibility studies of projects that impact indigenous territories without proper consent of these populations.

We reject the absurd and shameful note of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic on the indigenous occupation of the construction of Belo Monte, in which the Government, instead of dialogue responsibly, chooses to criminalize the leaders and the resistance of the Munduruku people and other people who will be impacted by the construction of hydropower projects on the rivers Tapajós, Teles Pires and Xingu.

We reject the Eldorado Operation Federal Police, held in November 2012, which resulted in the murder of an indigenous and other two injured, in addition to the destruction of the Village Teles Pires of the people, and that Munduruku so far there was no criminal responsibility of those involved.

Finally, we demand a FUNAI strengthened, able to act in defence of the constitutional rights of indigenous peoples, to ensure decent working conditions to its servers and act as executor of a State policy that responds to the concerns of indigenous peoples, already so massacred by more than 500 years of genocide and claims of their land, and do not act in relation to private interests vested privileged sectors and minority and of the Brazilian society.

We hope that there is clear response of the Ministry of Justice and the President of FUNAI to recent attacks served in the media.

FUNAI servers are together with the indigenous peoples and their organizations in defending its territorial rights and sociocultural, guaranteed by the Federal Constitution of 1988. “

Board of Directors of the National Association of the servers of Funai

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Indígenas de oito etnias fizeram um protesto 'pacífico' em frente a sede da Funai (Foto: Flávio Godoi/G1)

photo~ G1 ~ from protest august 2012

~http://www.ihu.unisinos.br/noticias/520051-associacao-nacional-dos-servidores-da-funai-ansef-nota-de-repudio

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