An indigenous community in southwestern Brazil faces imminent eviction from its traditional territories, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, in a case exemplifying ongoing land conflicts in South America's largest country.
A small number of families from the Guarani Kaiowa Apika'y indigenous group received a judicial order late last week to leave the contested land in Mato Grosso do Sul state, an agricultural region bordering Paraguay, Amnesty said.
The judge's eviction order followed complaints from farmers who say they are the rightful owners of the land even though the territory had been promised to the indigenous group, according to Amnesty researcher Fatima Melo.
"It's a symbolic case: indigenous people have the right to this land under the (Brazilian) constitution," Melo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"The people pushing for the eviction are the big landowners in the region who grow soy and sugar cane on large plantations," she said. "Other communities are facing the same problem."