Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Indigenous Issues: Violence against Brazil's indigenous people on the increase

A recently released report by the Brazilian Indianist Missionary Council (Cimi), reveals that at least 76 indigenous people were murdered in 2007 in Brazil - an increase of 63% over the previous year. The state of Mato Grosso do Su registered the most murders with 48 homicides.

Brazzil Mag reports the number of murders in 2007 was the highest recorded by Cimi since 1988, when the entity began to prepare the Report on Violence against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil. According to the report murders resulting from conflicts with large farmers still prevail.

The full report will be released in April and will highlight increasing violence and threats against indigenous people