Page 1 of 1

Hope for The Amazon?

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2019, 8:27 pm
by BadgerJelly
Brazil lawmakers undo Bolsonaro move to weaken indigenous agency

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-indigenous/brazil-lawmakers-undo-bolsonaro-move-to-weaken-indigenous-agency-idUSKCN1ST2HH

Brazil’s lower house of Congress has rebuffed President Jair Bolsonaro’s move to put decisions on indigenous land claims in the hands of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The chamber voted late on Wednesday to restore land delineation decisions to the National Indigenous Affairs agency Funai, which will also be placed under the Ministry of Justice again. The reversal still must be voted on by the Senate.


Land decisions were moved to the Agriculture Ministry, led by farm representatives that believe Brazilian tribes have too much land, with indigenous people who account for less than 1% of the country’s population living on 13% of its territory.

Brazil’s main indigenous organization APIB called Wednesday’s vote a historic victory against the government’s plan to open up tribal lands to agribusiness.

Bolsonaro has said the tribes live in poverty and should not be held inside reservations “like animals in a zoo” but be allowed to engage in commercial activity and charge royalties from mining companies.

Tribal leaders protested that without their ancestral lands, indigenous languages, cultures and ways of life would die.