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Brazil: Civil society denounces to the UN and OAS killings of 24 defenders in 2016 involving illegal loggers, private security companies & others

Author: Camila Boehm, Agência Brasil (Brazil), Published on: 31 May 2016

“In Brazil, 24 human rights defenders were killed in four months”, 28 May 2016

At least 24 human rights defenders have been murdered in Brazil in the first four months of 2016...:...21 defended land rights and were members of movements and organizations fighting for land. Data were collected...[for the 1st time]...by the Brazilian Committee of Human Rights Defenders—formed by civil society organizations, like...Article 19,...Global Justice,...Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) and...Indigenous Missionary Committee... The survey was conducted in order to voice a complaint to the United Nations...and the Organization of American States...and force the Brazilian government to protect defenders and indicate the...perpetrators...Among the killings...four Guajajara indigenous people,...from Maranhão state, were killed...The land, demarcated to house the Guajajara and the Awá people, is being disputed by lumbermen,...there is a...feeling of insecurity there...The survey...also mentions the death of two members of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) on April 7, in Paraná...[and some harmed. MST believes the police and private security guards of Araupel company started the shooting. The police deny this version]…

 

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