Brazilian Indians Demand Inquiry on Police Violence

Tupinambá Indians in Bahia state, Brazil In a massive display of solidarity about 130 representatives of 21 indigenous people in the Brazilian states of Bahia, Minas Gerais and EspÀ­rito Santo came to the village of Serra do Padeiro, Bahia. This in response to an attack by Brazil's federal police against that village belonging to the Tupinambá Indians.

The act happened after the Regional Reunion on the Indigenous People Statute in Ilhéus.

The participants sent out a motion that repudiates the police action that left ten indigenous of the Serra do Padeiro village injured by rubber bullets and that destroyed school transport vehicles, furniture of the local school, agricultural fields and houses, among other things.

They equally repudiated the decision of the Federal Court that determined the evacuation of the Tupinambá of their villages, as to comply with the reintegration order. The attempt of the federal police to evacuate the indigenous ended in a violent raid.

The indigenous demanded an immediate police inquiry to corroborate the claims of torture, abuse of authority, damage of public and private patrimony and robbery by police officers during the raid.

They also demand that the absence of authority of the Federal Court of Bahia and of the Federal Ministry be evaluated.

They equally solicited that the National Council of Justice determine regulations to avoid violations of human rights when court orders are carried out, also in territories occupied by indigenous communities in search of their recognition.

The two days workshop on the Federal Indigenous Statute had specifically addressed the way the police act in indigenous territories. In fact, various indigenous communities in Bahia encounter abuse by the police. The proposals resulting from this workshop will be handed over to National Committee on Indigenous Policy (CNPI).

This CNPI will gather all suggestions coming from the 10 regional workshops about the Statute. It is via the Committee that the indigenous people of Brazil will submit their proposal for the Indigenous Statute. Currently, the Law proposing the new Statute has been lingering in the national congress for 13 years now

Besides representatives of the indigenous people, also NGO's like CIMI (Indianist Missionary Council) and ANAI (National Association of Indian Support) participated in the workshops, as well as governmental organs like the Foundation for Indigenous Affairs, the ministries of Environment, Justice and Social Affairs development, and universities.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Pope Confirms Trip to Brazil in July for World Youth Day in Rio

On Sunday, the new pope used his Twitter account to praise the city of ...

James Cameron’s Takes Indians Side on Their Fight Against Brazilian Government

Avatar’s director, Canadian filmmaker James Cameron, promised this week to “tell the world” about ...

Vaccination for Foot and Mouth on Target in Brazil: 360 Million Doses in 2005

The number of foot and mouth disease vaccines sold in Brazil leaves little doubt ...

Foreign Tourism Brings Brazil Over US$ 2 Billion This Year

According to the Brazilian Central Bank, foreign tourists spent US$ 2.195 billion in Brazil ...

International Forum on Architecture and Construction, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil

World’s Tallest Building Engineer Praises Brazilian Design

Brazil has potential to export goods and services in the area of construction to ...

Brazil Gives Uruguay Its Blessing for Trading with US and Irks Venezuela

Mercosur junior members’ decision to negotiate free trade agreements with third parties received Friday ...

April 1995

CONTENTS: Cover story: Springtime for Brazilian movies (p. 8) Hollywood business (p. 13) How ...

Brazil Finds Overseas Niche for Veterinary Products

Ouro Fino, the greatest Brazilian factory of veterinary products, based in the city of ...

Cover story July 95

For decades, oil in Brazil has been a state monopoly and the vast majority ...