A year after witnessing the murder of his friend by a gang of farmers in Brazil’s agricultural heartland, indigenous activist Elson Gomes still fears for his life. Gomes also misses his friend, Clodiode Rodrigues was one of 61 land rights campaigners killed across Brazil last year, the highest level of violence since 2003. Gomes and Rodrigues are fighting for rights to their land.
Brazil’s efforts to expand access to primary health care has led to dramatic reductions in health inequalities between racial groups, a new study contends. Brazil’s free primary healthcare system was launched in the 1990s with an emphasis on improving access to poor parts of the country. Black and pardo (mixed-race) populations in particular saw enormous increases in health care coverage, according to government statistics.
A Brazilian congressional commission has recommended dismantling the government’s indigenous rights agency, a move critics warn would threaten the lives of indigenous tribes struggling to maintain control of their native lands.
The Brazilian government has sacked the head of its aboriginal rights agency amid a rise in violent assaults against the country’s indigenous groups. Antonio Fernandes Toninho Costa was ousted just a few months after becoming head of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), which works to establish and oversee policies concerning the country’s indigenous population.
Members of indigenous groups clashed with police in the Brazilian capital on Tuesday amid a protest over land rights in the Amazon, which activists say is in jeopardy under the current government.
Human Rights Watch officials say there is an unprecedented number of sick and hungry Venezuelans immigrating to a northern state of Brazil, where authorities say the health-care system is ill-equipped to help them.
Brazilian officials are concerned that a recent yellow fever outbreak will spread to urban areas, threatening the lives of pregnant women, children and other vulnerable groups.
Within the walls of Brazil’s overcrowded prisons the number of people – including children – who are tortured or treated inhumanely has reached critical levels, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its 2017 world report.
Brazil’s central government voted to amend to the country’s constitution to combat Brazil’s mounting debts and soaring inflation rates. The austerity measure will effectively freeze social spending for 20 years and restrict public servants’ salaries.
A rising number of African refugees and migrants are braving a perilous journey through Latin America, joining the throngs of…