Advances and setbacks in territorial rights in Brazil

Date: February 23, 2015

Today, Brazil is poised to reverse the considerable gains made between 1988 and 2008 in the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and other traditional communities. Such a reversal would have disastrous consequences for such communities in Brazil and elsewhere, and also for the globally important Amazonian forests. This paper looks at the historical development of land rights in Brazil and explains why Brazil is now at a critical turning point.

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