Groups of the seven races of Tocantins and Goias require immediate repeal of a rule that takes away the rights of the indigenous peoples over their lands and will deliver the manifesto on Wednesday to the Advocate General of the Union.

Indigenous communities again mobilize against Ordinance 303, AGU (Attorney General's Office), which prohibits the expansion of ILs (Indigenous) and allows deployment works in these areas without consulting the people affected.

About 40 indigenous ethnic groups of seven of Tocantins and Goias, staged a protest outside the headquarters of the AGU in the early afternoon yesterday in Brasilia, and managed to meet with the deputy attorney general, Luiz Fernando Faria Albuquerque.

The group demanded the repeal of the ordinance and wanted to be heard by the Solicitor General, Luís Inácio Lucena Adams, to deliver a manifesto against the norm (see text below). Adams was in a meeting at Planalto. The mobilization also urged the halt in the construction of the Belo Monte Dam (PA).

Indigenous people were upset because they could not enter the AGU headquarters after security shut the door. The deputy attorney-general had invited the group to an impromptu meeting in the cafeteria of the building.

After hours of conversation by telephone Adams agreed to receive the protesters on Wednesday. On day 14, he had already received indigenous leaders from around the country.

Published on July 17th, Ordinance 303 was suspended by AGU after several demonstrations against the indigenous organizations and indigenous and the Funai (National Indian Foundation) for which the Indians were consulted. The suspension ends on Sept.24th.

Funai advocates the repeal of the standard and has determined that it is impossible to perform a query on the subject with the indigenous communities of the country in just a few weeks.

The Board believes that the matter should be discussed in the round of discussions already started with the indigenous peoples and organizations to regulate the right to prior consultation, free and informed.

Funai will take a joint position on the ordinance at the meeting of CNPI (National Commission on Indigenous Policy) that happens this week in Brasilia. The college is composed of indigenous organizations and indigenous and government agencies.

Leaders harshly criticized the government's attitude of not consulting indigenous communities and once again demand the repeal of the ordinance. Indigenous points cudgels for deputy attorney general of the Union during the meeting.

In Mato Grosso, the Indigenous sealed off the BR-364, near Cuiabá, and BR-174, in the city of Comodoro, in the western region of the state. The protesters also demand the repeal of the ordinance. Even this morning, the barriers have remained.

Ordinance or Constitution

"The ordinance contradicts the indigenous rights in the Constitution. It is not right that the AGU change the law. What's worth more: a doorman or the Constitution? " asked Anthony Apinajé.

According to him, the standard edition of the AGU is encouraging threats and intimidation of landowners and occupiers of TIs. "We understand that AGU should protect indigenous lands, territories which are federal, not open them to strangers, dams and mining," he criticized.

Indigenous leaders are again criticizing the fact that they were not consulted by the government and warned that further protests will take place in Brasilia and other parts of the country until the standard is revoked.

ILs Tapuia (GO), Krahô-Kanela, and Ava-Apinajé Canoeiro (TO) were mentioned as examples of areas that need to be expanded because of the growth of their populations and poor living conditions they face. The four lands already have processes in place that expansion may be adversely affected by the ordinance.


Albuquerque Fernando Faria admitted that revocation is also assessed by AGU. "Yes, may be. There is also the possibility of repeal, "he said.

He argued that the goal of the ordinance was not flexible to any indigenous law and said the AGU also examines the question of the validity, for all ILs, the determinants of the decision of the Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) on the Raposa-Serra do Sol (RR)

Ordinance 303 reproduces the conditions established by the late minister to confirm Menezes Law demarcation continuous area and removal of non-Indians of Raposa-Serra do Sol.

There are requests for information about the constraints filed in the Supreme Court, including whether they apply to other cases. There are still decisions and statements of ministers of the Supreme Court that the restrictions can not be applied to other TIs. For these reasons, lawyers believe that the court's decision is still open.

Faria said the AGU is not against the expansion of TIs already demarcated, but defended, as the text of the ordinance, that the extensions need to be performed when serious errors are identified in the marquee to give legal certainty to the process.

The attorney general of Funai, Chiarelli Francisco, attended the meeting and confirmed that it was questionable whether the Supreme Court decision could be made into a general rule. Chiarelli said the agency is concerned about the possible exacerbation of conflicts in the field.

~ Manifesto of the indigenous peoples of Goiás and Tocantins on Ordinance 303 of the AGU

By Hon. Mr. Luís Inácio Lucena Adams
Head of AGU - Attorney General's Office

We, representatives of indigenous peoples of Goiás and Tocantins; Krahô, Apinajé, Xerente, Karajá-Xambioá, Ava-Canoeiro, and Tapuia Krahô-Kanela meeting on August 27, 2012, in Luziânia-GO, we are publicly manifest and protest Ordinance 303 AGU-Attorney General's Office, issued on July 16

We believe that this measure signed by Mr. Luís Inácio Lucena Adams, head of the AGU, is misplaced, and a serious affront to the Constitution of Brazil, also representing a serious and grave violation of our rights, sendojunto with other measures and proposals, as is the case of 215 PECs and 38. These instruments clearly political character come only add more problems, countering and attacking our rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Since this measure is also blatant disregard and trampling the hierarchy of powers that be, because we know that is not the competence AGU issue any document with purpose to change or alter what the Constitution says.

We reject with more conviction this measure that threatens our future, because this document is to restrict our rights and impose an authoritarian way, also does not respect the international agreements and treaties ratified by Brazil, such as ILO Convention 169 - International Labour Organization Declaration and UN on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Ordinance 303 also encourages violence contributing to incite animosity in areas of conflict, because it is creating expectations for groups interested in exploring and stealing indigenous territories, if not overturned the measure may potentiate the conflict, causing more violence and deaths of indigenous throughout the country

In these terms we are demanding immediate revocation and annulment of this Final Decree 303, which compromises and attacks directly the Article 231 and 232 of the Federal Constitution of Brazil, and is causing much confusion and impacts on indigenous communities throughout the country

Sincerely, indigenous leaders of Goiás and Tocantins.

Responses to "Brazilian Native's Manifest against new government law which exploits their land without their consent"

  1. All native people must save their countries! Superior law of God!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I say "Leave them the hell alone!"

  3. Anonymous says:

    It's like we have come full circle...the government is takeing our land once more ...don't give up fight them once more..

  4. Anonymous says:

    a big part of the problem is greed for land and the empresarios of brasil are just trying to make a buck, like wise the U.S. clearcut north america and became rich in the process. the solution is a world wide one where the delveloping countries pay into a fund that preserves certain green belts. without monetary gain perservation will never happen.

    man needs to have a carrot to run after

  5. Akhideno says:

    Proverbs 22:28 (New Living Translation)
    Don't cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.

    Proverbs 23:10 (NIV)
    Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is the bidding of International Corporations. It's a Global issue we all need to be concerned with. Is it the last straw yet?

  7. Anonymous says:

    It's bad enough ALL governments are trying to RULE the world, But Mother Earth and Creator have something else in mind. We have a RIGHT to our properties and a RIGHT to live as we live. Leave us alone and STOP taking away our Constitutional and Ammendment Rights away!!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Our forests swapped for mindless media, so useless and untrue
    we still buy it, as a daily habit because we're programmed to
    all thats portrayed is fear, see the truth that now is here
    turn off your tv, switch on your mind and all will become clear

  9. Raw says:

    Its come down to the point of not only small regions of retaliation but also global, they can say laws this and that and what ever on the media and in schools; but the newer generation see's the madness and the older are waking up, so its about that time this parasite gets wiped out...

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nos ajude a salvar os indígenas do Brasil. Há 500 anos sendo perseguidos e exterminados.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Greed and lust for more gold no matter what the price is hell on earth.

  12. alidance says:

    How can the rest of the world help!!!! United we are so many who care. The Amazon is our earths source or riches, air, medicines, and countless species of animals not to mention peaceful and intelligent tribes.
    Please if someone knows how we can all help I would like to know.

  13. Healer says:

    These atrocities will soon cease. Have FAITH!

  14. This is horrible if the tables where to turn this would be an ugly fight and lots of lifes lost, i hate that the goverment thinks they can do what ever they want without any thought for the people.

  15. Unknown says:

    Aqui no Brasil o governo manda, baseando-se nos interesses da minoria rica. Sempre maquiando a realidade, mas sempre servindo os empresários e ruralistas. Eles querem enterrar toda a história e a parte podre da sua culpa. Será que a política internacional tem a ver com isso também???? É claro! O culpado? Povo brasileiro? Não só! Os interesses são os mesmos aqui ou fora.... Acorda!!!!!

  16. Angelina says:

    There is only so far you can go with your unfair and unethical behavior. There will be a time where the suffering you cause will reflect upon your life in one way or another. Through loneliness, illness, betrayal, loss, whatever...And on your own skin, on your soul, you will feel the same pain and despair you have caused to another human being!!! However small, however big..

  17. Anonymous says:

    It simply...stop taking whats not yours....ask well....did you not have mothers???

  18. Anonymous says:

    ONE FAMILY ON EARTH , one family united on earth , bonded mentally ,spiritually ....harmoniously future from weaknesses and ignorance's, Awaken blind ones ....dont only see the light the light ......Spiritual entities we are ....

  19. Anonymous says:
    This organization has a prepared letter that one can sign and post online to President of Brazil - if your wish to support their/our cause

  20. Unknown says:

    the comments down there mention a world's amazonia forest (vegetal species, earth, water). this argument isn't the one the indigenous ppl and the brazilians in general have in mind! amazonia belongs to us, not to the benefit of the european countries that only invade other countries to dry their natural resources!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Declare the boundaries of the people's land. Defend it by all means. There is no Plan B in a situation like this.

    The PEOPLE are the State. The government is only your servant. YOUR servant, not a servant to corporations. Educate them in such a way that they never can forget.

    Blessings, power and endurance for the indigenous people of Brazil.

    In Full Solidarity from South africa.

  22. ...please, don't bring religions into this. It's about sovereign rights to ancestral lands & indigenous territories. It is about resisting the banks & trans-national corporations.

  23. Anonymous says:

    We support the law of exploitation by simply consuming the products that are produced, we are all to blame, Factory farmed meat/vegetation Alcohol, refined tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs are just some of the products, and are also the most popular, billions upon billions of our money we make form the jobs they supply us with, dont go to work to school or buy there products and lets see how long they last and us as well LOL, the people who are still free living in the jungles are self-sufficiant, the civilian is dependent on corporate government, can you make that decision to change you're consuming habit, NO I don't think so!

  24. Unknown says:

    We support the law of exploitation by simply consuming the products that are produced, we are all to blame, Factory farmed meat/vegetation Alcohol, refined tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs are just some of the products, and are also the most popular, billions upon billions of our money we make form the jobs they supply us with, dont go to work to school or buy there products and lets see how long they last and us as well LOL, the people who are still free living in the jungles are self-sufficiant, the civilian is dependent on corporate government, can you make that decision to change you're consuming habit, NO I don't think so!

  25. BadBallie says:

    Nothing disgusts me more than governments who exploit their own people in pursuit of the almighty dollar

  26. People need to stop calling the destructive actions of these deficient humanlike creatures greediness!!! That's such a simplistic adjective... In other words, we're justifying their psychopathic behavior. The root cause of their greediness is what?! Greed is just a symptom of their inhumane parasitic nature... Everywhere these people have established their self-proclaimed mess of "manifest destiny," they have caused destruction. No apologies, there's something wrong with the European race(s). How can 10% of the world's population has deceitfully caused such disdain; a "standard" of beauty; a standard of living; and an infestation of destruction with impunity in such a grand scale???!!! How did we allow this?! Can someone help me here?!

    To be clear, not every so called "European" is created equal.

  27. Anonymous says:

    It's just another land grab by the greedy politicians and governments they are all the same all over the world !!!

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