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Brazil Agribusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber
In Brasilia, Brazil's capital, last week, indigenous groups expressed their dissatisfaction with the PEC 215, a proposed constitutional amendment that they believe endangers their lands and their way of living.
In the Brazilian Congress, there is a parliamentary group, consisting of 160 deputies and 29 senators, known as "rural workbench"—in Portuguese, bancada ruralista. On 2012, the group proposed the 215th constitutional amendment, the PEC 215, which intends to delegate exclusively to Congress the duty of demarcation of indigenous territories, as well as the ratification of land already approved. Currently the motion is being discussed.
In October 1988, Brazil promulgated its federal constitution. After 20 years of a regime imposed by the military dictatorship, the 1988 Constitution became known as the social constitution and definitely ended the dictatorship period.
This contributed with major progress in the social field, such as its commitment to the protection and demarcation of indigenous territories.
Anthropologist Antonio Carlos De Souza Lima is a well-respected figure. He has been a researcher and scholar for 34 years. He's a specialist in indigenous policy and anthropology. He believes the association of agro money and politics threatens the indigenous lands.