92 Kids Dead, 60 Adults Killed: Church Says Brazil Indians Are Treated Like Animals

Brazilian Indian children Brazil’s Indigenist Missionary Council (CIMI) should release this Thursday, June 30, the Year Report on Violence Against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil for 2010. The event will be at the headquarters of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), in Brazilian capital Brasília, at 3 pm.

Lead researcher Lucy Helena Rangel will present the year report, together with president of CIMI, Dom Erwin Kräutler, vice-president Roberto Antonio Liebgott and Egydio Schwade, who wrote the chapter on the near extermination of the Waimiri-Atroari people during the 21 years of dictatorship, from 1964 to 1985.

These are some of the data to be presented:

In 2010 alone, 92 children died for lack of medical care or adequate health care for the mother at childbirth;

60 Indigenous were killed, another 152 received death threats;

At least 42 thousand suffered of lack of health care and education, among others;

There were 33 cases of invasions and illegal exploitation of natural resources on indigenous lands.

These data, CIMI argues, prove that year after year the occurrence of violence and violations of Indigenous Rights in Brazil remains the same:

“Yes, everything is the same! Some occurrences increase, others decrease or remain the same, but the scenario is the same and the factors of violence remain, reproducing the same problems,” said Lucia Helena Rangel, coordinator of the research, professor of Anthropology at the PUC University in of São Paulo.

Again, for the third consecutive year, 60 murders were recorded. Most, 34, occurred in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, or 56% of the total. In this state, home to the second largest indigenous population of the country, with more than 53 000 people, their constitutional rights are more than ignored.

Last year, at the launch of the 2009 report Iara Tatiana Bonin, characterized the situation in Mato Grosso do Sul as “institutional racism”.

Rangel calls it genocide, because besides the highest number of murders, the state also has the highest percentage of attempted murder and other rights violations, such as various threats and malicious injury, lack of land demarcation, lack of health care, lack of education.

According to the report, the 92 cases of violence against indigenous property, as well as many other cases, make it clear that the conflictive situation experienced by indigenous Brazilians is closely linked to the development model adopted by the government and lack of access to land.

“Once again we can confirm that the backdrop of violence committed against indigenous peoples, as well as the violations of their rights, is the disrespect for the demarcation of their lands. Delay in the regularization of their lands, overcrowded areas, extremely confined populations, among others, are the main sources of conflict, death and despair,” said Lucia Rangel.

The infant mortality rates are also alarming. Only in 2010, 92 children under five died from easily treatable diseases. An increase of 513% compared to 2009, when 15 cases were recorded, with 15 victims.

Among these cases, an unfortunate emphasis on the dismal situation of the Xavante people of the state of Mato Grosso, who lost 60 of 100 children born alive: all victims of malnutrition, respiratory diseases and infectious diseases.

For all these reasons, the conclusion is that the violence against indigenous people in the country remains the same. “The indigenous continue nailed to the cross, violated and murdered, expelled or defrauded of their ancestral lands, reduced to outcasts of the society, shunned like animals, treated as tramps by the roadside, or otherwise, confined in truly human pens, without the minimal conditions for their physical, let alone their cultural survival!” said Bishop Kräutler, president of CIMI.

The research methodology employed is the same as in previous years: cases were selected from a variety of print, radio and virtual media, as well as from the systematic records made by CIMI teams spread across the eleven regions of the country.

In addition, information comes from police reports and the Federal Public Ministry. These records do not exhaust the occurrences that actually happened, but they indicate the trends and characteristics of attacks and threats to this population.

CIMI publishes this report to avoid that the reality of violence against these people becomes trivial, presenting it to Human Rights organizations – national and international -, legislators, judges and state officials.

As stated by Dom Erwin Kräutler, with this report, the Indigenous Missionary Council once again affirms their commitment to the indigenous peoples in Brazil, “in defense of their dignity and their inalienable and sacred rights.”


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  • jan z. volens

    God save a nation from Austrian “leaders”!
    In 1862, the French Empire sent the French Foreign Legion to impose the Austrian Archduke Maximillian of Hapsburg as “Emperor” of Mexio. Mexico had become an independent republic in 1821 after a war for independence from the Spanish Empire. The Austrian Maximillian ruled Mexico as “Emperor” until 1867. He was supported by the reactionary conservative wealthy Mexicans and the Catholic Church. In 1867, the French had to withdraw their Foreign Legion to prepare for war with Prussia n Europe. The forces of the Republic of Mexico then crushed Maximillian’s Mexican army, captured Maximillian and he was executed. In 1889 in Austrian was born Adolf Hitler, who spent his early years as day laborer in Austria. In the First World War 1914-1918, he volunteered to service in the army of Imperial Germany. After the end of the German Imperial government at the defeat 1918, Hilter became politically active in right-wing nationalistic organizations, in which he achieved leadership. This later led to Hitler’s leadership of the Nazi movements, which took power in Germany 1933. In 1945, the Austrian Hitler shot himself in Berlin in the final days of World War Two. The Roman Catholic Bishop Erwin Kraeutler who rules over the catholics around Altamira, the location of Belo Monte hydroproject, is als an AUSTRIAN, and in fact from Koblach in Austria, very near to Hitler’s town Braunau. Kraeutler arrived in Brazil in the mid-1960’s following his uncle who also had been catholic bishop in the Altamira region. Since his arrival nearly a half a century ago, the AUSTRIAN Kraeutler has fought with every single national government of Brazil – the military dictatorship, the consevative governments,the social-democrat governments, and since 2003 against the governments of Lula and now Dilma. The aim of the Catholic Church and bishop Kraeutler is to prevent the modernization, development and independence of Brazil and all its people: The Catholic Church is against social programs (like “bolsa familiar”), secular education, development projects, services for the indigenous, labor unions, and national geopolitical initiatives. The Catholic priests want to rule over a docile and uneducated population which can be dominated for the purposes of the priests as well as the U.S., Britain, and other NATO members which are allies of the Vatican in clamping their control over the entire planet. Remember: Thus far in 2011, alone in the United States, HUNDREDS of Catholic priests were found guilty of sexual crimes against children, and thus far, the Catholic Church in the United States had to pay almost $ 3 BILLION in damages to thousands of victims. Would you trust an AUSTRIAN Catholic bishop to really help Brazilians, including the indigenous ? Ask yourself!

  • jan z. volens

    Catholic Church sentenced to pay $166 million for sexual crimes of priests against Indians.
    We do not know how many sexual crimes are committed by Catholic priests against Indian children in Brazil – CIMI does not publish that! But we know, that in May, the Catholic Church in the USA was sentenced to pay $ 166 million to 504 Indians and Inuits who had been sexually in their childhood by Catholic priests in the U.S. Northwest and Alaska. The original suit was for $ 660 million. You can research it in “Seattle Weekly”. In Brazil numerous Catholic priests have been denounced for sexual crimes against young people, and some priests have been jailed. The Catholic Church wantsaccess to newly integrating tribes (indios isolados) – but Brazil’s Indian Protection Service and the Federal Police is keeping the priests and all outsiders away from the newly emerging tribes. No missionaries are allowed to contact them, only anthropologists, and federal personnel. The first thing is inoculations against infectious deseases to protect the emerging indigenous. They also receive food rations. if a tribe wants to remain isolated – they are left alone and their territory is closed to all outsiders. Of course the Amazon area is asbig as half the continental U.S., overwhelmingly covered by vegetation and only transitable by river boat. The problem of the Guarani in Mato Grosso is a problem of agricultural land demarcation – which is complicated due to lawyers and courts – and the government can’t just wave a magic wand and solve hundreds of conflicting land disputes. In the U.S. the case of the Oneida Indians of New York, against New York State is in U.S. courts since 1974 and it is now in 2011 reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • capnamerca

    Were there . . .
    any prosecutions in any of these cases from the last year? Does anyone know?

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