| 26-03-2013

FIAN Demands Justice for Murder of Guarani Teenager

The indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), Brazil have lived in poverty and without access to their ancestral lands since the spread of soy and sugarcane monocultures began in the 1970s.

In March 2012, FIAN Brazil, Amnesty International, Justiça Global, Plataforma DHESCA Brasil, CESE, CIMI, and Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT), visited the village of Pindoroky in the municipality of Caarapó, to investigate the details surrounding the death of a 15 year old Guarani boy named Denilson Barbosa, who was brutally murdered while fishing near the territory. 

In response to this murder and the continued violations of the Guarani’s human rights, FIAN Brazil and Belgium have sent a letter to the Brazilian government demanding: 

  • the finalization of the identification and demarcation process of the Guarani Kaiowá indigenous territories;
  • the implementation of policies for the environmental rehabilitation of devastated areas;
  • the restoration of basic living conditions for the Guarani Kaiowá;
  • a guarantee of the right to adequate food and programs that provide for food on an emergency basis, as needed;
  • a full investigation into crimes committed against the Guarani Kaiowá indigenous; and
  • guaranteed security for the Guarani-Kaiowá people. 

On March 5, 2012, the Office of the Presidency replied stating that the matter was transferred to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Secretariat.

Read the full letter below (in Portuguese).