Mercosur - European Union Trade Agreement: Risks and Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Ricardo Verdum
Number of pages: 38
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-46-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Brazil, Brasil
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: Sep/01

Tags: Land rights, Business and Human Rights , IWGIA Report

In this report, we will see that the situation of the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and communities is at extreme risk of setback, especially as a result of a coalition of forces under the coordination of sectors interested in expanding the agricultural frontier over Indigenous Lands.

The advantages that the Parties may eventually gain through the Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union will, conversely, be a disaster for the Indigenous Peoples and communities of Brazil.

The report is based on an analysis of academic literature, policy documents and legislation, documents produced by civil society (Indigenous, environmental and human rights organizations), and short interviews with key sources. 

The report was prepared by Ricardo Verdum, a social scientist, doctor in social anthropology from Latin America and the Caribbean. He is coordinator of the Indigenous Affairs Committee of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology.


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