Sumary of Brazil’s top court halts indigenous land rights case, no new date set:
- Breadcrumb Trail Links PMN Business Author of the article: Article content BRASILIA — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a high-profile land rights case that the country’s indigenous people say is vital for their survival, with no new date for when it will re-take the matter.
- The government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro draws support from the agricultural sector, which largely supports the timeframe.
- It argues the time framework gave legal security to farmers, many of whom have lived for decades on land once inhabited by natives.
- A defeat in court for the indigenous people would set a precedent for the rollback of native rights that Bolsonaro has sought with the backing of powerful farming interests, critics say.
- Article content Lawyers for the indigenous people, who today number some 850,000 in Brazil, say the constitution that set in stone their rights to ancestral lands makes no mention of a time framework.
- “If the Supreme Court doesn’t maintain the 1988 timeframe … it will kill agribusiness in Brazil, there will be no incentive to invest in agriculture,” Bolsonaro said recently.