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Brazil’s bishops urge government to vindicate land rights of indigenous peoples

December 02, 2013

Lamenting government inaction amid conflict between farmers and indigenous people, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil urged the Brazilian government to recognize the land rights of the indigenous.

“We believe that the solution to this situation necessarily involves the recognition of the historical and constitutional rights of indigenous peoples over their traditional lands,” the bishops said in their November 27 statement.

“Federal agencies responsible for issuing land titles … must take responsibility for the political-administrative mistake they made and compensate farmers who acquired and paid for the land in good faith,” they added.


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