We reaffirm that the Earth for us means Life. And as I recognize the Supreme Court, “the land issue“ represents the fundamental aspect of constitutional prerogatives and rights we operated and that without access to it, we’re exposed “serious risk“ of cultural disintegration, the loss of our ethnic identity, the dissolution of our historical links, social and anthropological and erosion of our own perception and consciousness as a people. (See Supreme Court. 1st Class. Extraordinary appeal No. 183,188/Ms. Rapporteur: Minister Celso de Mello. DJ 14.02.1997).
So, our people and organizations won’t admit that our rights are trampled or reviewed as claim to key members of its allied base in Congress – the ruralist countertop, which, driven by visions and markedly racist attitudes, discriminatory, and prejudicial and especially for his willingness to break in and explore our territories, are determined to approve the PEC 215/00 and legalize the “thesis of the timeframe“ , to the detriment of the right of our peoples to their land, condemning them to the aggravation of conflicts, persecution, attempted decimation, anyway, etnocidas practices. That was prompted, in the last 16 of this day, the UN Special Rapporteur for indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, in his speech during the 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on indigenous issues (UNPFII).
Against decisions taken or announced for this interim Government, the APIB reminds us that there is still a very large liabilities, with processes terminated, to be demarcated, but sleeping in the drawers of the Executive since the Constitution, which defined the term of 5 years to this Act, until 1993. That way Government‘s responsibility to give sequence to the regularization of indigenous lands.
The interim Government of Michel Temer, can’t forget that there is still an ethical and historical debt that the State needs to pay off with the indigenous peoples, which are having their livelihoods threatened and denied their rights in the name “order and progress“.
As a result of all this is that we reject any attempts to reverse our achievements, and we demand total respect for our fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and recognized by international treaties signed by Brazil. We reiterate the determination of our peoples and indigenous organizations from ever giving up the defense of their constitutionally guaranteed rights, not admitting setbacks of any kind.
Brasília-DF, 19 may 2016.
ARTICULATION OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF BRAZIL – APIB
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MOBILIZATION