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HRD Attack

Evaldo Florentino

Incident date
Jan. 1, 2018
Date accuracy
Environmental concerns group
Location of Incident: Brazil
Company: Fibria
Company Sector: Paper & cardboard
Company Location: Brazil
Company Responses: Fibria
Evaldo Florentino was killed by two gunmans, who had their faces covered in Espirito Santo, Brazil. Evaldo was the son of one of the main leaders in the fight for de demarcation of the Quilombola territory. Evaldo was suffered several threats by state authorities and was even accused of murder in 2016. Due to the persecution of the State Evaldo and his family were included in a protection program for human rights defenders. The land struggles in the Quilombola territory are mainly due to conflicts with wood and forestry companies such as Aracruz Celulose (Fibria) Suzano and Disa, as well as landowners linked to the sugar and alcohol sector. Currently, there are more than 32 quilombola communities living under a strong climate of tension and persecution by the police, companies and judiciary.