Protection for Four Uncontacted Indigenous People in The Amazon Has Expired or Is Close to Expiring

The restriction of areas, which used to be used for three years, is now extended for six months; Funai did not comment

Protection for four uncontacted indigenous people in the Amazon has expired or are close to expiring. Use restriction ordinances serve to protect indigenous people and territories until demarcation. Thus, officially, the entry or circulation of people who are not members of Funai is prohibited. When contacted, Funai did not respond to the publication of this text.

The change in Bolsonaro’s administration regarding administrative acts, which guaranteed the security of these territories, contradicts the decision of the Supreme Court Justice (STF) Luís Roberto Barroso in ADPF (Arguição de Descumprimento de Preceito Fundamental) nº 709. In August 2020, Due to the pandemic, Barroso decreed that Funai should take measures to protect isolated indigenous people throughout the country. In the decision, the minister states that, by "removing the territorial area in unprotected lands," referring to sanitary barriers, Funai "signals to invaders" that there will be no fight against irregularities and creates an "invitation" to the practice of illicit " of any order." Among the identified sites are the Itatá indigenous lands, in the south of Pará, and Piipkura, in Mato Grosso.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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