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Karla Mendes

Indigenous land, culture at stake in Brazil election - experts

Oct 26 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Victory by far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Sunday's elections could lead to indigenous people losing lucrative land, campaigners and researchers warned.

Decades of dispossession: indigenous Brazilians battle to get back land

Oct 25 2018

CAARAPO, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years after he was shot, indigenous chief Elpidio Pires cannot shake the smell of gunpowder.

Brazil's fashion brands score poorly in first supply chain slavery index

Oct 11 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The 20 biggest fashion retailers in Brazil - where slave labor is a major problem - scored poorly on an index assessing their social and environmental practices, with almost half failing to disclose any information, UK-based campaigners said on Thursday.

Is poverty or prejudice driving removal of Brazil's indigenous children?

Oct 10 2018

DOURADOS, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a judge, Brazil's Zaloar Murat Martins de Souza is used to making tough calls. More and more, he finds himself having to make one of the toughest of all - whether to separate a child from its family.

Indigenous candidates run in record numbers in Brazil election

Oct 05 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A record number of indigenous candidates are running for federal and state offices in Brazil's elections on Sunday, a trend campaigners hope will shine a spotlight on the lack of land rights for the country's indigenous population.

Uncontacted tribes at risk amid 'worrying' surge in Amazon deforestation

Sep 18 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Illegal loggers and militias cleared an area three times the size of Gibraltar in Brazil's Amazon this year, threatening an "uncontacted" indigenous tribe, activists said on Tuesday.

In battles over land rights, activists are branded as criminals: U.N.

Aug 27 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments and corporations are increasingly using legal persecution to portray indigenous activists as criminals and terrorists, putting them at heightened risk of violence, the United Nations said on Monday.

Indigenous leader's killing exposes land threat in Brazil

Aug 16 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An indigenous leader has been found murdered in Brazil, exposing the growing threat to tribes fighting illegal logging in the Amazon, campaigners and authorities said.

How long to find a home? In Sao Paulo, 120 years

Aug 16 2018

SAO PAULO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once a proud symbol of resistance to racial segregation, a shabby square in Sao Paulo's dilapidated downtown now testifies to a new chasm - between Brazil's housed and many homeless.

Factbox: Indigenous people fighting for land rights

Aug 10 2018

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