16:23 - BRAZIL: BISHOPS IN DEFENCE OF NATIVE POPULATIONS
A note in defence of the land and rights of the native populations, the Quilombolas, the fishermen and other traditional populations. It was written by the Brazilian Bishops Conference (Cnbb), as relayed today by the agency Fides. The Brazilian Bishops deeply deplore the postponement of the administrative boundary procedure, as well as the invasion and exploitation of the traditional peoples land. So, the state of discrimination and murders which the Guarani-Kaiowá are exposed to in Mato Grosso do Sul should be watched over. According to the Bishops, it is a veritable genocide that sullies Brazils reputation as a country that defends human rights. We vehemently reject the attack unleashed by the ruralist group and other segments of the National Congress against the rights of the native populations, considered by our Constitution, through the constitutional reform plan, to be PEC 215/2000, the note reads. According to the president of the Pastoral Commission for the Land, mgr. Enemésio Lazzaris, bishop of Balsas, the region is more than the land, it is a relationship that is built with the place in which one lives, where their ancestors lived, where they were raised and where families are made.