Brazil indigenous group faces imminent eviction - Amnesty

    by Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:47 BST

Guarani Kaiowa Indian girl Sandriely cries in front of her hut destroyed by a fire set by an unknown arsonist in their makeshift camp squeezed between highway BR 463 and their ancestral land called Tekoha Apika'y, where they have been since 2009 when they last failed to take back the land from farmers, near Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul state, August 31, 2013. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

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."

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