Brazil's right wing thug of a President, Jair Bolsonaro, who has been called Brazil's Donald Trump, is threatening to wipe out all protection of indigenous land and hand it over to the agricultural ministry which will override constitutional protections of indigenous land and open up it all for foreign investment and development by multi-national corporations. He has long said that he will forcibly integrate indigenous people and take away land rights and mused that "it is a shame that the Brazilian cavalry wasn't as forceful as the Americans in exterminating the indians." The Brazilian Socialist party has filed suit in the supreme court to challenge the excesses of Bolsonaro's regime but the threat to indigenous rights and lands is clear from a president that scoffs at Brazil's constitution and is moving towards authoritarian, plutocratic rule over the nation as extreme, right-wing governments are want to do: "Very worryingly, however, the government has also threatened to withdraw Brazilfrom the key international law on tribal and indigenous peoples’ rights, known as ILO Convention 169. This would further weaken indigenous rights and remove important independent, international scrutiny. Brazil ratified Convention 169 in 2002; it has since been used in rulings by judges and by public prosecutors who have the constitutional obligation to prosecute the state when it violates indigenous rights. The government has invoked “national security” to trample over the constitutional rights of indigenous people. "Brazil is the deadliest country in the world for environmental defenders, but violence directed at indigenous people can’t be explained simply as a battle over resources: in many cases, it is quite obviously hate crime. On the night of Bolsonaro’s election victory, for example, a health centre and a school were firebombed on Pankararu lands in the northeast of the country. There are dozens of reports from all over Brazil of what sometimes seems like open warfare against indigenous communities. In an attempt to stifle NGOs who oppose his interests, Bolsonaro has issued a decree that government authorities can “supervise, coordinate, monitor and accompany the activities and actions of international organisations and non-governmental organisations in the national territory”. Environmental groups have been threatened with expulsion and Ricardo Salles, the new environment minister, has tried to suspend all government partnerships with NGOs in the country for three months. He believes that protected Amazon areas hold up “development” and is advocating commercial farming and mining on indigenous reserves, including those where uncontacted tribes live, which would almost certainly wipe them out." https://www.independent.co.uk/voice...enous-people-president-100-days-a8863161.html The Bolsonaro regime will be a disaster for environmental protection of threatened rainforests and indigenous rights in Brazil.