Press Release | 16-09-2014
Guarani Brazil Belgium Switzerland

Speakers Tour on the Guarani-Kaiowá kicks off in Europe

16 September 2014 marks the beginning of a two-week tour in Europe on the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá communities of Brazil.

Photo: Speakers Tour 2013 in Europe, FIAN International.

Geneva, Brussels, Heidelberg - 16 September 2014: For a second year in a row, a two-week tour starts in Europe on the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá communities of Brazil. This year's delegation is composed by Flávio Vicente Machado - Coordinator of the Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI), Regional Mato Grosso do Sul - , and leader Eliseu Lopes-from the community of Kurusu Amba, Member of the Movimento Aty Guasu (the Guarani-Kaiowá Assemly, highest traditional political authority) and of the Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil- APIB.

The indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá communities strive for over forty years to recover their ancestral territory and, thus, to live in accordance with their culture and traditions, away from hunger, malnutrition and poverty, fighting for their right to food and for other related human rights. "Even with persecutions, with the lack of conditions, the fight does not stop, we are pursuing our rights", claims member of Guarani-Kaiowá delegation, Eliseu Lopes.

The delegation will meet with high-level authorities in Geneva and Brussels to make visible the violence the Guarani-Kaiowá communities have been facing due to their fight for their right to territory, sensitize European Union (EU) political organs about the application of the EU´s guidelines on human rights defenders, seek support for the struggle of the Guarani-Kaiowá, and to raise public awareness on this issue.

Mr. Lopes will give an oral statement at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council's (HRC) day of indigenous peoples. The delegation will participate in a side event "The struggle of the Guarani-Kaiowá in Brazil for their territories and against hunger", co-sponsored by FIAN International, CIMI, Franciscans International and Swiss Church Aid (HEKS).The delegation will then meet representatives of missions and the teams of the Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Adequate Food and on Human Rights Defenders, among others, and with other civil society representatives.

In Brussels, main activities will include public events and debate with Belgian/European citizens, meetings with non-governmental organizations and press work. The delegation will also present their case to Members of the European Parliament as well as to representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and take part of a public debate after the screening of documentary "The Dark Side of Green".

Press release published by CIMI and FIAN International.

For more information, please visit:

CIMI website

FIAN Belgium website