Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 18, 2012

Brazil Indigenous file UN human rights complaint

ENGLISH: Human Rights Complaint Document submitted by the National Indigenous Peoples Organization from Brazil (APIB) to the United Nations OHCHR

Munduruku protest against dam (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)
(Document submitted by Uilton Tuxá (APIB) to the OHCHR in Geneva, 13 November 2012)
Translated into English by EARTH PEOPLES. Click here to read the original in Portuguese
By Earth Peoples
We are highly concerned about the worsening situation in our country and the increasing violations on our fundamental collective human rights as a peoples.
The main objective of this document is to request the UN system to intervene with the Brazilian State to take measures to ensure respect for indigenous peoples rights in accordance with international human rights instruments, among which we highlight the ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which establish the right of indigenous peoples to Free, Prior and Informed Consent, yet frequently violated by Brazil despite the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, or the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR / OAS).
Brazil is seen in the world as one of the fastest economically growing countries especially in the last decade, and therefore considered to have evolved from the status of a third world country to the status of an emerging country, but even with the investment in programs such as the Bolsa Familia that aims to end hunger of the population living in extreme poverty, there are still many poor, and indigenous peoples in Brazil are within this context of poverty.
We wish to present in this paper an overview about the situation of indigenous peoples in Brazil:

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