Amid political turmoil in Brazil, what will become of indigenous rights

    by Luiz Carlos Joels
    Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:37 BST

A Brazilian Indian boy draws on the ground during a protest where Indians from various parts of Brazil occupy the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia April 16, 2013. They are protesting against a proposed constitutional amendment which gives power to Congress, rather than the Executive Branch, to decide on the demarcation of indigenous lands and reserves in Brazil. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)

What can Indigenous Peoples in Brazil expect from these times of rapid political change and constant turmoil? Is it possible that the new interim government will reverse the damaging trends of the previous government - now awaiting an impeachment trial? Or is it likely that it will be business as usual, or even worse?

Dr. Luiz Carlos Joels, former director of the Brazilian Forest Service, sheds light on "the worst phase since the end of military rule in the 1980s" for Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

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