Target: Brazil’s Minister of Justice, Dr. Jose Eduardo Cardozo
Goal: To save the Guarani tribe from eviction and demand identification of their land and protection of their rights.
Brazilian indigenous leaders have sent a letter to the Brazilian government asking for an appeal of the eviction from their ancestral land. The Guarani-Kaiowa tribe has declared that if they are evicted from their land, they will commit mass suicide. They state that life off their land is so terrible it is not worth living. The Guarani, an indigenous population of 46,000, have been facing several evictions in Brazil. Many tribes have been evicted from their ancestral land and forced to live on the sides of roads, in dangerous living conditions. Evicted tribes are cut off from access to food, water and healthcare. Since the 1970s, indigenous communities in Brazil have been waiting for the government to officially identify their land so that they can have the right to it. Due to the delay in identifying land, indigenous tribes are not receiving official rights to the land. Tribes’ land is being sold to ranchers who then have the tribes evicted. The Guarani are currently experiencing a high suicide rate as a result of the delay in their land being identified. The Guarani are also facing violence and a rise in murders by ranchers who are forcing the tribes off their land.
In Brazil’s southern state of Mato Grosso do Sol, the Guarani-Kaiowa tribe have now been evicted off their ancestral land. The tribe consists of just 170 people, 70 of whom are children. The land has been taken over by a rancher who is demanding their eviction. The tribe has lived on the land for centuries and the land even has an ancient burial ground. Recently, a judge upheld the eviction and placed a daily fine on the tribe until they evacuate the land. The tribe has fallen victim to violence and threats by the rancher’s gunmen who patrol the land. FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous agency, released a report in March that stated that the Guarani originally resided on the land. Currently, FUNAI is working to appeal the eviction. The Guarani-Kaiowa tribe has made it clear that they would rather die than leave their land, and are threatening suicide if the eviction is not overturned. The Guarani are declaring that eviction is part of the extermination of indigenous peoples in Brazil.
The Brazilian government must stop the eviction of the Guarani-Kaiowa tribe and protect the tribe’s rights to the land. The eviction would force them off the land they have been occupying for centuries and would threaten their way of life. The human rights of the Guarani people must be upheld and indigenous rights in Brazil must be protected. Sign the petition to tell the Brazilian government to stop the eviction of the Guarani people and to protect their rights.
Dear Dr. Cardozo,
I am writing to ask that the Brazilian government appeal the eviction of the Guarani-Kaiowa tribe from their land in the Mato Grosso do Sol state. In addition, I demand that the Brazilian government identify and protect all indigenous land.
The eviction of the Guarani people threatens their way of life. The Guarani-Kaiowa tribe has already threatened suicide if evicted from their ancestral land. The government needs to protect indigenous peoples and their culture, not encourage its extermination. International laws, like ILO 169, protect indigenous peoples rights and must be recognized by the state of Brazil. The eviction of the Guarani people leads to their cultural extinction and it must be stopped. Brazil must ensure that the Guarani survive with dignity and without violence.
I am asking for the state of Brazil to appeal the court order evicting the Guarani. I demand that the Guarani be allowed to stay on their land and that all their land be protected. I also demand the protection of indigenous rights in all of Brazil. Please stop this eviction and save the Guarani from extinction.
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