25/11/2011 / Indigenous chief killed by gunmen

Indigenous chief killed by gunmen

Human Rights, 25/11/2011

Brazil’s indigenous people are being pushed from their ancestral lands by farmers, cattlers and ranchers. Last week, indigenous leader Nisio Gomes was shot and his body dragged away by about 40 gunmen. His tribe had returned to their ancestral lands after earlier having been evicted by ranchers.

A member of the tribe told the Catholic Indigenous Missionary Council that the tribe would stay and rather die than give up their home land.

The Pastoral Land Commission, CPT (RLA 1991), and Survival International (RLA 1989) condemned the killing and expressed their support for the Indigenous’ cause.

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