Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Native land rights up in the air in Brazil

Native land rights up in the air in Brazil

The decree published late Tuesday marked Bolsonaro's first order since taking office earlier that same day.

It hands it to the Agriculture Ministry, which will now be responsible for "identification, delimitation, demarcation and registration of lands traditionally occupied by indigenous people". Investors are particularly interested in any hints that his government will try to move quickly in Congress with a shake-up of the social security system after former President Michel Temer failed to get support for the bill.

Organise Aotearoa's spokesperson Kat Buissink notes "It was important to occupy the embassy today because the Brazilian Embassy in New Zealand represents a fascist government, we want to make it clear to the Brazilian regime that the people of Aotearoa do not accept fascism in any form, including a diplomatic presence".

Guedes said he planned to cut Brazil's tax burden to 20 percent of gross domestic product from 36 percent, free the credit market from overcrowding by state banks, and reduce protectionism.

At the direction of Bolsonaro, Brazil canceled plans to host the 2019 United Nations climate summit, and the far-right leader has promised to open up the Amazon to oil, gas and mineral extraction.

Brazil's new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro removed concerns regarding the LGBT community from being considered by a new human rights ministry hours after his inauguration, part of a sweeping set of executive orders targeting some minority groups.

Brazil's military has long considered that the rich resources of the vast, sparsely-populated Amazon should be protected from any foreign interest. Foreign non-governmental organizations were alarmed by a decree to monitor their activity, a task assigned to a retired general in the new Cabinet.

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The council is expected to hear a report from Griffiths next week, but no firm date has been decided for that meeting. Both sides have also only taken preliminary steps to withdraw forces from the city and surrounding areas.

The new president was elected on a platform to clean up Brazilian politics, and he put the country's top anti-corruption figure, Sergio Moro, in charge of a Justice Ministry beefed up to fight graft and battle organised crime.

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President Bolsonaro responded in kind, expressing his deep appreciation for Trump's words of encouragement. "We are going to integrate these citizens and respect all Brazilians".

Observatorio do Clima, a network of 45 Brazilian civil society groups, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the executive orders "are only the first step on meeting Bolsonaro's campaign promises of dismantling environmental governance, stripping indigenous peoples of their rights and opening up indigenous lands for business".

It also echoed the changes President Donald Trump brought to U.S. politics.

That suggests he will have an uphill battle to enact his agenda of austerity measures to bring down an unsustainable budget deficit of about 180 billion reais ($47.31 billion) that has investors anxious.

Preferred shares in the country's largest utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA jumped 14.5 percent after new Energy & Mines Minister Bento Albuquerque said the company would be partially privatized.

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