CDHM, Deputy President Padre João, receives indigenous leaders of Acre

6/22/2016

The Chairman of the Commission on human rights and minorities of the Chamber, Mr Padre João, received yesterday (21) a delegation with fourteen indigenous leaders of Acre.

The Chairman of the Commission on human rights and minorities of the Chamber, Mr Padre João, received yesterday (21) a delegation with fourteen indigenous leaders of Acre.

The leaders came to express their hope for the President and the Commission as allies in the fight against genocide and against the various indigenous practices that alijam these people of the guarantee of human rights.

They report that the negligence regarding the demarcation of their land, the offensive of the landowners in this sense and the possibility of approval of the PEC 215 – constitutional amendment that Project assigns to Congress the task of demarcations of indigenous lands, territories and Maroons iteration of creation of environmental conservation units-constitute the biggest threats against them.

The guarantee of the right to land for indigenous peoples is essential, since the Earth, in its culture, symbolizes life. Not only the livelihood of these people, but its continuity along the generations, depends on this guarantee. “We need our land demarcated not to destroy, or to clear […], but because it’s our fish, our medicine, our life” reported a leadership.

In addition to the demarcation conflicts, leaders ask, still, special attention to health and education, neglected indigenous territories. The lack of medicines, boats to transport patients and schools are reported issues for them, and the omission of the State on a daily basis violence committed.

The Chairman of the Commission on human rights and minorities requested the Ministry of Justice interim measures, requesting a report of all indigenous territories of Acre and demarcation process in which they find themselves, in order to enable the Commission to assess in more detail about the situation of these peoples in that State and take the appropriate action.

http://www2.camara.leg.br/atividade-legislativa/comissoes/comissoes-permanentes/cdhm/noticias/22-06-2016-presidente-da-comissao-de-direitos-humanos-e-minorias-da-camara-deputado-padre-joao-recebe-liderancas-indigenas-do-acre

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