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Supreme Court of Brazil receives UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Ricardo Lewandowski, received, this tuesday (8th), the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who is making an oficial visit to Brazil to identify and evaluate the main problems faced by the indigenous peoples in the country. The visit, scheduled until the 17th, includes meetings wiht authorities of the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary, along with visits to indigenous villages.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an indigenous leader of the Philippines and presided the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues between 2005-2010. She is in Brazil invited by the Federal Government. On her condition of special rapporteur, she works volunteraly and independently.

During her visit to Brazil, Tauli-Corpuz will be evaluating the implementation of the recommendations made by her predecessor (including those relating to the « Raposa Serra do Sol » case), the legislative activity concerning indigenous peoples and the processes related to the demarcation and protection of indigenous lands. Besides Brasilia, she will travel to Mato Grosso do Sul, Bahia and Pará, and have meetings also with civil society and human rights organizations.

At the end of her visit, the Rapporteur will present, to the UN Human Rights Council, a report with her observations and recommendations.


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