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Impunity in Brazil: 1,349 Rural Workers Killed and Only 15 Convictions

The final report of Brazil’s Joint Parliamentary Investigatory Commission (CPMI) on the Land points to landholding concentration as one of the chief causes of rural violence.

According to the document, 2.6% of the listed rural properties account for slightly over half the country’s total occupied area.

The commission’s rapporteur, deputy João Alfredo, from the PSOL party of Ceará state, mentions other causes as well, such as foot-dragging in the agrarian reform process; inactivity on the part of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches; and impunity.

According to data from the Catholic Church’s Land Pastoral Commission (CPT), presented in the report, 1,349 rural workers were murdered in the two decades between 1985 and 2004, and only 15 authors of these killings received court convictions.

Besides presenting a diagnosis of the rural situation, the report, which is over 700 pages long, makes 150 recommendations, such as the creation of federal agrarian auditor’s offices in the states to stimulate decentralized efforts at conflict prevention, and the allocation of sufficient budget resources to fulfill the goals of the National Agrarian Reform Plan.

The CPMI on the Land was installed in December, 2003, and functioned for nearly two years. Testimony was heard from 125 people, including workers, landowners, researchers, and representatives of associations, government organs, and civil society, and around 75 thousand pages of reports, investigations, and legal processes were analyzed.

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    You don’t need to worry though if you’re a native Brazilian (indian). Indians here routinely murder dozens of landless workers but are never prosecuted. They’re just exercizing their human rights I suppose, since no one in power seems to notice or care.

  • Guest

    Brazil is a paradise.
    A paradise for corrupted people, killers, tax evasion.

    With good lawyers, accountants and acquaintances for protection, what else does a wealthy man desire ?

  • Guest

    budget ?
    The Agrarian Reform had an original 1.7 billions Reais budget for 400’000 MST settlements, later reduced to 700 millions. This explains why only 130’000 settlements have been done after 3 years of economic boom instead of the 400’000 promised by Lula…before and after being elected !.

    So, unfortunately, how can anyone expect a budget for the justice of the killed rural workers ? Sarcastic comments but where is a true answer ????

    Lula always arrange to have big social budgets voted with much fanfare and then reduced, reduced and reduced without much fanfare, for obvious reasons.

    In Brazil a voted and approved budget is one thing : political. But a voted and approved budget FREED is another thing totally different from the first !

  • Guest

    Corruptions and Rural Workers killings.
    No doubt the conviction rates should be very similar.

    Therefore everyone can easily find out the causes to the effects !

    Both are closely related.

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