Open Letter | 25-03-2013
Guarani Brazil Indigenous Peoples Agrofuels

FIAN Successfully Petitions European Parliament to Intervene on behalf of Guarani

In 2010 a delegation of representatives from the indigenous Guarani Kaiowá of Brazil, FIAN Brazil, the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), Reporter Brazil, and FIAN Belgium, submitted a letter to the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament and to the Director for International Human Rights of the European Union regarding the human rights violations being committed against the indigenous Guarani Kaiowá in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. 

The Guarani Kaiowá have lost more than 90% of their ancestral land due to the expansion of cattle ranching, as well as soybean and sugar cane farming and currently live in very poor conditions. 

The access of indigenous peoples to their ancestral territory is a right guaranteed by the Brazilian Federal Constitution and by covenants and conventions signed by Brazil. In 2007, the Brazilian government (FUNAI) undertook, in undersigning the Term of Adjustment of Conduct with the Federal Public Ministry of Brazil (MPF), to identify and demarcate 36 traditional territories of the Guarani Kaiowá by June 2009, however the demarcation process has not yet been finalized, and attacks on the Guarani continue.

In December 2012, FIAN Brasil, supported by FIAN Belgium sent a follow-up letter to the new president of the Human Rights Subcommittee, to remind her of the commitment made by the previous president, and requesting that she interpellate the government of Brazil on the matter, which she then did in the form of a letter to the Brazilian Embassy in Brussels on January 30, 2013. 

Read FIAN’s letter to the HR Subcommittee President here.
Read the letter from the HR Subcommitee to the Brazilian Embassy here.