AMERICA/BRAZIL - Against violence in the countryside, for the defense of peoples, waters and forests

Thursday, 4 August 2022 human rights   amazon   local churches  

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - The updated data on violence in the countryside, prepared by the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) and the Indigenous Missionary Council (Cimi), show that the killings in the conflicts went from a total of 20 in 2020 to 35 in 2021, with an increase of 75%. Among the victims are leaders who worked in defense of human rights and nature. According to the analysis of the data for the period 2016-2021, 10,384 conflicts occurred involving 5.5 million people, including children, young people and women. Importantly, both the increase in violence and the number of homicides occurred in the Amazon region, and the populations that suffered the most violence in the countryside were indigenous peoples, quilombolas, ribeirigni, squatters and rural workers without land, according to CPT data.
Between 2011 and 2015, 6,737 conflicts were recorded, involving more than 3.5 million people.
In defense of the peoples of the countryside, waters and forests, a permanent campaign against violence was launched on August 2 in the auditorium of the National Council of Human Rights in Brasilia. The event is part of the program of the Seminar of the 6th Brazilian Social Week, which closes today. The launch took place both in presence and with live broadcasting through social networks.
During the launch, reports of cases of violence against indigenous peoples were presented by Aty Guasu (Great Assembly of the Guarani and Kaiowá people), from Mato Grosso do Sul, and also from the Rural Territory, Alegria community, from the municipality of Timbiras. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 4/8/2022)