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European Parliament resolution of 24 November 2016 on the situation of the Guarani-Kaiowá in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul

Author: European Parliament, Published on: 28 November 2016

“European Parliament resolution of 24 November 2016 on the situation of the Guarani-Kaiowá in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul”, 24 November 2016

…The European Parliament,…having regard to its previous resolutions on the need to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples of Brazil…,…having regard to…[several UN and European human rights international documents]…,…having regard to the 2016 report by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI)…,…C….over the past 14 years,…at least 400 indigenous people and 14 indigenous leaders have been murdered, including Simiao Vilharva and Clodiodi de Souza, in their attempts to reclaim their ancestral lands in peaceful protests;…, F….where indigenous populations help to preserve biodiversity in the…[Amazon]…region and…play a role in preventing climate change…; H. …a number of initiatives for reform, interpretation and application of the Brazilian Federal Constitution are ongoing,…these possible changes could put at risk the indigenous rights…; 1.  Acknowledges the long-standing partnership between the EU and Brazil…8.  Calls on the Brazilian authorities to develop a working plan to prioritise completion of the demarcation of all territories claimed by the Guarani-Kaiowá…;…10.  Expresses concern about the proposed constitutional amendment 215/2000 (PEC 215), to which Brazilian indigenous peoples are fiercely opposed, given that, if approved, it will threaten indigenous land rights by making it possible for anti-Indian interests related to the agro-business, timber, mining and energy industries to block the new indigenous territories from being recognised; strongly believes that companies should be held accountable for any environmental damage and human rights abuses for which they are responsible, and that the EU and the Member States should uphold this as a core principle by making it a binding provision in all trade policies;…

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