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|Fecha:||Martes, 3 de Abril, 2001 21:59:49 (-0400)|
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>Subject: bastards !
>Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 19:50:00 +0200
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>Betreff : Brazilian military hit back at Yanomami? (fwd)
>Datum : Di 03.04.01, 13:47 (erhalten: 03.04.01)
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>press release, March 2001
>Brazilian military hit back at Yanomami?
>Only a month after Brazilian soldiers were condemned for
>sexually abusing Yanomami Indian women and infecting them with
>sexually transmitted diseases, the Brazilian Minister of Defence
>has publicly called for the Yanomami's land to be divided up,
>saying its demarcation was a mistake and it could be reduced in
>Last month the Federal Deputy & Chair of the Brazilian Human
>Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcos Rolim,
>published a report recommending to President Cardoso that all
>military construction projects in indigenous areas in Roraima
>should be stopped and there should be a rigorous investigation
>into the allegations that the soldiers are sexually exploiting
>Yanomami teenagers. He also stated that the military presence in
>indigenous areas was leading to deforestation, water pollution
>and enticing the Indians into a state of dependence by supplying
>goods to them, including alcohol.
>Last week, in a move which government sources have warned will
>attract international condemnation, the Minister of Defence,
>Geraldo Quintão, stated that the Yanomami area is too large and
>must be revised. He also accused the former President, Fernando
>Collor, of incompetence and pandering to international opinion
>in authorising the demarcation of Yanomami land. In fact, the
>demarcation process was the result of 13 years of studies and
>negotiations by government experts, and anthropologists.
>Last October Yanomami spokesman Davi Yanomami appealed for the
>removal of illegal gold miners from the Yanomami's territory,
>and an investigation into the military's behaviour after at
>least 20 of the tribe contracted gonorrhoea. The Yanomami's
>health is especially vulnerable as this year the government has
>cut its budget for health care among the tribe by 33%.
>Meanwhile the military is pushing for the construction of
>another garrison in the neighbouring Indian territory of
>Raposa-Serra do Sol, home to 12,000 Indians from the Makuxi,
>Wapixana, Ingarikó and Taurepang tribes. This is bitterly
>opposed by the Indians, who have written to the president
>voicing their great concern about the impact it will have and
>demanding ratification of their territory.
>Today Survival's Director General, Stephen Corry, said, 'The
>defence minister's statements are irresponsible and have no
>basis. Whatever his motives for attacking the Yanomami they
>should be roundly condemned. Any reduction of the Yanomami
>territory would violate Brazil's constitution and international
>Photos available. For more information please contact Survival's
>press office on (020) 7242 1441 or by email at
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