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Brazil’s Human Rights Secretary Urges Federal Court to Review Eviction of 700 Indians

According to Brazil’s special secretary of Human Rights, Paulo Vannuchi, the federal government hopes that Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) will review the temporary order issued on December 15 by minister Nelson Jobin, suspending the demarcation of the Nhande Ru Marangatu lands in Mato Grosso do Sul. This decision led to the eviction of over 700 Guarani-Kaiowá Indians.

Tuesday, December 27, Vannuchi, together with the president of the National Indian Foundation (Funai), Mércio Pereira Gomes, and two Federal Police commissioners, participated in a mission to visit the Guarani-Kaiowá Indian encampment alongside the road linking the municipalities of Antônio João and Bela Vista, in Mato Grosso do Sul.

"We are positively awaiting that the plenary judgment by the STF will be different from minister Jobim’s temporary order leading to the December 15 eviction," Vannuchi said.

According to the special secretary, the mission will analyze the needs of the evicted Indians in order to provide emergency assistance.

"I am receiving emergency demands, such as ones concerning the water and food situation and the settlement of the more than 700 Guaranis who are camped out alongside the road," he affirmed.

"Later, through the Presidency of the Republic, we shall get the appropriate ministries to analyze how we are going to resolve the matter of food provisions and everything else that is necessary to guarantee an atmosphere in which no more violent acts occur," Vannuchi explained, referring to the murder of an Indian, Dorvalino Rocha, on December 24, in Antônio João.

He also informed that, following the visit to the indigenous community, the mission will engage in a "dialogue" with representatives of rural society and local landowners.

"We came here to bring a word of assurance that the federal government is intent and that the Federal Police has already begun an investigation and is determined to carry it out to the ultimate consequences," he concluded.

Agência Brasil

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