Brazil : Court decision brings the genocide of indigenous by dictatorship into spotlight

Brazil : Court decision brings the genocide of indigenous by dictatorship into spotlight
Fabio Cascardo
15.02.18
Fabio Cascardo

In a historic decision regarding crimes against humanity committed by the military dictatorship (1964-1985) against the indigenous people Kinja (also known as Waimiri-Atroari), the Brazilian Federal Justice of the state of Amazonas put out restraining orders against the Federal Government and the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), opening the...

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South Africa is the continent's most industrialised economy and among its most developed, but marked by gaping inequalities rooted in years of racist white-minority rule that ended in 1994. - Apartheid - Black South Africans, around 80 percent of the population, voted for the first time only in 1994. It was a moment of jubilation after a bitter decades-long struggle against white-minority rule. British and Dutch settlers arrived at Africa's southern tip from the 17th century, first using it as a stopover on the shipping route to Asia and later claiming colonies. They imposed discriminatory laws early on, restricting non-whites to unskilled jobs and limiting land ownership and free...

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