Court preparing key Amazon land-rights decision


Brazil’s Supreme Court is expected next month to order the removal of white settlers from one of the biggest indigenous reserves in the Amazon, a vast swath of rainforest larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut. The decision, addressing a long-standing dispute over land rights in the 4.2-million-acre (1.7-million-ha) Raposa Serra do Sol indigenous reserve in the northern state of Roraima, would likely set precedent for the handling of other such conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon. Indians inhabiting the reserve have clashed violently with settlers in the past, and have vowed to expel them if the high court doesn’t. Meanwhile, the settlers have said they would not leave voluntarily. When police attempted to evict them last April, they blockaded roads... [Log in to read more]

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