Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Brazil's Indians appeal for help to stop eviction
by Staff Writers
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Oct 25, 2012

The Guarani-Kaiowa Indians of central Brazil are desperately urging authorities to demarcate their ancestral lands to stop plans to evict them in a dispute with wealthy white ranchers, a Catholic Church group said Thursday.

"Last week, several disputes flared between Indians and ranchers in Mato Grosso do Sul due to slow government efforts to demarcate indigenous lands," Rui Posati, a spokesman for the Church-linked Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples (CIMI), told AFP.

Guarani Indians, whose total population in Brazil is estimated at 46,000, have been trying to recover a small portion of their original territories, but face violent resistance from wealthy ranchers as well as soya and sugar cane plantation owners.

In a letter sent to CIMI, judicial authorities and the Brazilian presidency, the Guarani-Kaiowas said a recent ruling by state judicial authorities on the land disputes forced them to abandon an area near several ranches in Iguatemi, a town located 500 kilometers (300 miles) from the state capital Campo Grande.

This amounts to decreeing "their collective death," said the group of 170 natives.

"This ruling is part of the history of extermination of Brazilian Indians. We have lost any hope of surviving in dignity, without violence, on our ancestral lands. We will all die soon," their letter said.

The violence is linked to land disputes in a country where one percent of the population controls 46 percent of the cultivated land.

On Thursday, Survival International, a leading advocate for tribal peoples' rights, charged that the 170 Guaranis have little food and medical care and that their territory is currently being occupied by hostile ranchers.

The National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), tasked with demarcating Guarani lands, meanwhile said it was trying to get the eviction order rescinded.

But a Survival statement said the slow process meant that thousands of Guaranis are forced to live on crowded reservations or in makeshift roadside camps.

"They face one of the highest suicide rates in the world," Survival said, urging that the Guaranis be allowed to live on their lands and that all their territories be demarcated "before other lives are lost".


Related Links
Forestry News - Global and Local News, Science and Application

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Sting forces venue switch in Philippines tree row
Manila (AFP) Oct 20, 2012
Rock superstar Sting has forced organisers to move his planned one-night show in the Philippines to another Manila venue amid a spat over pine trees involving the original hosts, it was announced Friday. The Manila leg of his "Back to Bass Tour" on December 9 will now be hosted by Araneta Coliseum, instead of Mall of Asia Arena as originally announced, said his official website ... read more

Fukushima fish radiation may indicate leak: study

Clinton hails Haitian post-quake reconstruction

Top Italy scientists resign in protest at quake ruling

Japan's radiation monitoring unreliable: Greenpeace

A new take on the Midas touch - changing the colour of gold

Northrop Grumman Matures Laser Threat Terminator Technology to Address Emerging Threats

US DoE's Ames Laboratory improving process to recycle rare-earth materials

Droplet response to electric voltage in solids exposed

Helping North America's marine protected areas adapt to a changing climate

Australia pumps $1.83 bln into food bowl river

Suez reports operating profit fall on delay to Melbourne water plant

Genetic Patterns of Deep-Sea Coral Provide Insights into Evolution of Marine Life

Opposite Behaviors? Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks, Antarctic Grows

Italian snow levels, glaciers retreating

New understanding of Antarctic's weight-loss

Australia's Antarctic runway melting

Formula unlocks secrets of cauliflower's geometry

Gazans produce fish and vegetables in tiny rooftop spaces

Food to combat conflicts at global fair in Italy

Rice agriculture accelerates global warming

NY scrambles to gird for Sandy, hopes to miss its wrath

Hurricane Sandy heads for US after killing 59 in Caribbean

New York declares emergency ahead of Sandy

Elderly man dies as earthquake hits southern Italy

Eight killed in militia attack at DR Congo wildlife reserve

Mobile phone app developers take on Africa

Sudan accuses Israel of air raid, threatens action

Morocco trial of 23 Sahrawis postponed indefinitely

Grandmas made humans live longer

How fear skews our spatial perception

New Stanford analysis provides fuller picture of human expansion from Africa

New images could crack ancient writings

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement