Brazil’s Indigenous Communities Denounce Escalating Attacks

Indigenous groups from Brazil say President Jair Bolsonaro has ramped up land grabs and killings since taking office. Several indigenous groups released a report Wednesday to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Bolivia.

The report found Brazil’s indigenous communities are facing increasing threats, attacks and land grabs under Brazil’s far-right president. The report details an increase in attacks on indigenous people since Bolsonaro won the presidency in October 2018, in less than three months, there were at least 16 attacks on indigenous communities in Brazil.

Even before Bolsonaro became president, the situation had deteriorated for the indigenous communities in Brazil. In 2017, indigenous communities experienced 110 killings and 128 suicides.

 

 

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