| 08-02-2016

Persecuted indigenous communities need urgent protection

Brazilian and international civil-society organizations urge the government of Brazil to stop the systematic persecution of the Guarani and Kaiowá Takwara Community in Mato Grosso do Sul State and to realize their right to land.

On 25th January 2016, the 600-people Takwara community, located in Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil, received a judicial order from the First District Court of Naviraí ordering the members of the community to leave the land they occupied weeks before. The community is pressured to leave the ancestrally occupied land by 8th February and is suffering the harshest forms of persecution by the industrial farmers of the region.

Together with Guarani and Kaiowá community leaders Aty Guasu and the     Conselho Indigenista Missionário, FIAN International and     Misereor have issued a letter, calling on the Brazilian government to stop human rights violations against indigenous communities and establish structural mechanisms that ensure the rights of indigenous peoples are respected and realized. 

The appeal is expected to prompt the government to look into the systematic pattern of human rights’ violations more thoroughly, which has been plaguing the indigenous communities in Mato Grosso do Sul for decades.

Latest updates (9th February)  

The Takwara community was not evicted on 8th February, as ordered by the First District Court of Naviraí. However, they were attacked by gunmen at night riding 7 trucks and 2 motorbikes. The members of the community hid out in the woods and remained watchful until sunrise. The event took place on the eve of February 9.

For more information please contact     backes[at]fian-europe.org

Read the appeal     here