Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

Brazil: The indigenous land demarcation

Published on: 16 September, 2021
Amazon indigenous tribes/Aljazeera

Amazon indigenous tribes/Aljazeera

The Supreme Court of Brazil meets again on Thursday to possibly reach a decision in the landmark case of indigenous land demarcation.

The judges were scheduled to decide on August 25th but pushed another issue ahead on the agenda.

About 1000 indigenous peoples from various parts of the Amazon continue to camp out outside the Supreme Court.

The issue: The 1988 Constitution says indigenous peoples have the right to ancestral lands – but there are attempts to limit their claims.

The idea is to establish a time frame: if you did not claim lands or proven that you live there by 1988, then you have no right to do so.

The problem is that many tribes were expelled and new ones are being discovered.

So Bolsonaro’s supporters want to have laws in their favor before the Supreme Court judges against them.