AMERICA/BRAZIL - For 40 years, the Pastoral Land Commission for the right to life, land, water

Thursday, 2 June 2016 local churches   indigenous   poverty  


Marian (Agenzia Fides) - As part of the National campaign to commemorate the 40 years of life and commitment of the "Pastoral Commission of the Earth" (CPT), the "Brazilian Meeting of the popular movements in dialogue with the Pope" opens today, which takes place until June 5 at the Mariana Congress Centre, with the participation of about 400 people.
According to information sent to Fides, the CPT was established in 1975 to address the breach of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities who saw their land invaded by the big companies that had settled in the Amazon. Ten years later the publication of the book "Conflitos no campo" began with information about the murders, threats and violence linked to the issues of land, water and labor. In 31 years of publications, there have been more than 30,000 of such events.
On the occasion of its 40 years of life, the CPT would like to invite people to make memory of the battles fought in the countryside, in the cities as well as remembering all those who fought for the rights of poor people living in rural communities, indigenous communities and Quilombas, for the right to life, land and water. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 02/06/2016)