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European Parliament adopts resolution condemning violence against Guarani-Kaiowá in Brazil & claims that companies should be held accountable for environmental damage and human rights abuses

Author: European Parliament, Published on: 28 November 2016

“Human rights: Guarani-Kaiowá people in Brazil, Mr Minhai Gui in China and Mr Ildar Dadin in Russia-PLENARY SESSION Press release - Development and cooperation / External relations”, 24 November 2016

...MEPs condemn recent violence perpetrated against the Guarani-Kaiowá people during land disputes in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and urge the Brazilian government to conduct rapid investigations into the recent swathe of murders and assaults there. They further deplore the poverty and human rights situation of the Guarani-Kaiowá...MEPs understand that the Guarani-Kaiowá are in need of special protection in light of threats to their ancestral territory, and urge Brazilian authorities to “prioritise completion of the demarcation of all territories claimed by the Guarani-Kaiowá” in order to prevent any more territorial disputes and killings. MEPs also note that the Guarani-Kaiowá face inadequate provision of healthcare, education and social services, with high numbers of suicides among young people and very high rates of chronic malnutrition among children...MEPs remind the Brazilian government of its international human rights obligations and stress that the rights of indigenous peoples must be protected, respected and upheld as per the country’s Constitution..

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