Brazil: Fuel vs. Food - Spreading the Word of the Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa

Guarani man in tribal attire © FIAN International
Guarani man in tribal attire © FIAN International

The indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), Brazil – approximately 30,000 people - have lived in poverty and without access to their ancestral lands since the spread of soy and sugarcane monocultures began in the 1970s. In November 2007, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and FUNAI (the National Foundation for the Support of the Indigenous Peoples) signed the Terms of Adjustment of Conduct (TAC) - an agreement in which the Government committed to identify and demarcate 36 lands of the Guarani-Kaiowá in MS by 2009. However, this has not yet taken place and the attacks on the indigenous community have continued.

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Press Release | 13-06-2016
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Forced eviction infringing upon Brazil’s Constitution and UN Declaration imminent

With no access to their legitimate territory, the members of the Guarani and Kaiowá Apyka'i community will be prevented from exercising their fundamental rights as indigenous peoples, including feeding themselves adequately.

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Press Release | 19-05-2016
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Guarani and Kaiowá Apyka'i community risks imminent eviction

The 1st Federal Court of Dourados hands down the impending eviction order of the Apyka'i Guarani and Kaiowá indigenous community from their traditional territory, thereby jeopardizing their right to food and nutrition.

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Press Release | 18-04-2016
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German parliamentarians enquire about Guarani and Kaiowá to FUNAI

In an official visit to Brazil, German parliament representatives point to legislative measures that threaten the rights of indigenous peoples and highlight the conflict situation involving the Guarani and Kaiowá in Mato Grosso do Sul.

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Press Release | 21-03-2016
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Attacks on Guarani and Kaiowá escalate with conclusion of UN Rapporteur visit

The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples expresses alarm over the escalation of attacks following her visit this month in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

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Press Release | 08-02-2016
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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.

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Press Release | 15-09-2015
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Voluntary instruments prove inadequate to protect human rights

Civil society calls on Brazil and the EU to support the development of a binding instrument on transnational corporations with respect to human rights and condemns private sector bias in the country.

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Open Letter | 07-09-2015
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Action after fatal attack on the Ñande Ru Marangatú community urged

FIAN International and its section in Brazil call on Brazilian government bodies to take urgent measures after the fatal attack on a Guarani-Kaiowa community.

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News | 21-07-2015
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Long-overdue apology to Latin America Indigenous Peoples

While Pope Francis asks forgiveness for the numerous crimes committed by the Catholic Church during the so called “conquest”, states breach their obligations to respect, protect and fulfill indigenous peoples’ human rights.

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News | 10-11-2014
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Brazilian State to comply with its human rights obligations

In a letter to the Brazilian authorities, the International Council of FIAN International manifests indignation of new acts of brutal violence against the Guarani-Kaiowá peoples.

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News | 17-10-2014
Indigenous Peoples Belgium Brazil Switzerland

Speakers’ tour in Europe drew attention to the violence against Guarani-Kaiowá communities

Organized in Europe with a delegation from Brazil, a two-week Speakers Tour took place to raise awareness of the international community on the ongoing violence against the Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous communities of Brazil due to their fight to defend the right to territory

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