Violence in Brazil’s rural areas increased in 2019, upcoming report by Right Livelihood Award Laureate Comissão Pastoral da Terra shows
Violence in Brazil’s rural areas continued to increase in 2019 with 32 murders and more than 200 death threats recorded by Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT), which is set to launch its latest annual report “Conflitos no Campo Brasil 2019” on Friday, April 17.
CPT, which was awarded the prestigious Right Livelihood Award in 1991, is launching the 34th edition of its annual report that gathers data on conflicts and violence suffered by workers in Brazil’s rural areas, including indigenous, quilombolas and other traditional people. The launch coincides with the International Day of Peasant Struggle.
The 2019 report shows that the number of murders grew by more than 10 per cent and there was an increase of 22 per cent in the number of death threats compared to 2018. In 2019, the organisation also recorded the highest number of murders of indigenous leaders in the past 11 years (See more: The Right Livelihood Foundation calls on Brazilian government to protect indigenous peoples).
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the report launch will take place at 10 am (Brazilian time, GTM-0300) digitally on CPT’s website and through social media channels. A live-streamed video conference will also be held at that time (in Portuguese) with the participation of National CPT Coordinator Paulo César Moreira; Professor Maria Cristina Vidotte from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG); and CPT journalist and collaborator Antônio Canuto.
CPT, known as the Pastoral Land Commission in English, received the Right Livelihood Award “for their dedicated campaigning for social justice and the observance of human rights for small farmers and the landless in Brazil.” The Swedish Award is bestowed annually on individuals and organisations presenting innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
The report will be available in several languages on CPT’s website starting at 10 am on April 17, 2020. Information under embargo is available upon request.
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