Pará is focus of land disputes—and violence


On May 24, two men murdered José Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria, 51, in Nova Ipixuna, an Amazon rainforest town in southeastern Pará state, Brazil. The killers cut off one of Ribeiro da Silva’s ears, an indication the crime was a contract hit, the ear taken as proof it had been carried out. Ribeiro da Silva was a community leader in a so-called extractive reserve, which is conservation land where the government allows residents to engage in the sustainable harvest of forest products such as Brazil nuts, fruits, berries and tree oils. He was also state coordinator of the National Council of Extractivist Populations (CNS), a rights group for extractive-reserve residents, and had denounced cattle ranchers, logging rings and... [Log in to read more]

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