Brazilian Judges Accused of Promoting Violence and Impunity

The Brazilian Farm Worker Union (Contag) and an international union (Uita) are launching a protest campaign called "Enough Violence in the Countryside," which targets the Judicial system as largely responsible for much of the land conflict violence and impunity in the country.

According to Contag and the Land Pastoral Commission (a Catholic organization), over the last 20 years there have been 1,500 rural activists, workers and leaders assassinated in Brazil but only 76 cases of land conflict violence ever went to trial.

"We want the international community to be aware of this problem and pressure the Brazilian judicial system to find a solution," says Paulo Caralo of Contag.

Last year there were 37 deaths related to land conflicts. The best known case was that of the American missionary, Dorothy Stang. Her assassination led to such an uproar that the government sent in the Army and captured suspects in a few days. So far, two of the accused have been sentenced and three more are awaiting trial.

Dorothy Stang was killed in the state of Pará. Pará is considered the main center of violence against rural activists and a place where most of these crimes go unpunished. Impunity is the rule.

According to Contag, in Pará in 2005, 16 people were killed because of land conflicts and there are another 40 who have received death threats.

The organizers of the campaign intend to hold public discussions with judges about the problem of impunity. Many see the social relationships that judges have with landowners as one of the main problems in dealing with impunity. Other problems are the traditional concentration of land in the hands of a few and weak legislation.

Agência Brasil

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Your email address will not be published.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

After Getting Nobel Lula Might Consider Running Again for President of Brazil in 2014

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, confirmed he is seriously considering ...

Brazil Uses Trading Companies to Boost Exports

Brazil's Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex) launched a new project to encourage business ...

Brazil: Heloí­sa Helena Becomes Serious Contender for Presidency

The big news from the latest DataFolha poll on Brazil’s October presidential election is ...

Brazil Finds Out the Truth, But Show Against US Pilots Must Go On

Given that the two American pilots of the Legacy 600 are now on trial, ...

With 26% Share and US$ 380 Million, US Is Top Importer of Brazilian Shoes

Imports of shoes in Brazil grew 54.7% from January to September this year as ...

Brazil Cinema: The Best Shots

In Premiere Brazil, MoMA introduces the first of what will be an annual film ...

Indians Win Key Territorial Battle in Brazil

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s ratification of the Raposa Serra do Sol ...

Brazilian Astronaut Gave Up Nasa to Celebrate Dumont’s Pioneer Flight

The Brazilian Space Agency (Agência Espacial Brasileira) (AEB) is in a race against time ...

Why Can’t a 16-year-old Sell Her Own Body, Asks Brazilian Alderman

Despite the fact, that Brazil will be hosting the United Nations World Conference, November ...

Pure Fantasy, Says Brazil Government to Charges of Cuba Interference in the Elections

"As on other occasions, the speculations published in the weekly magazine Veja, distributed on ...