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Brazil | Overruling president, congress returns Indigenous PA demarcation power to dedicated agency

Brazil’s National Congress has overturned changes set by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro that transferred the decision-making power of indigenous reserves demarcation to the Ministry of Agriculture. The move gives that power back to Funai, Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency, and has been described by activists and rights groups as a “tremendous victory,” despite ongoing concerns about the current administration’s commitment to fulfilling indigenous rights, as required under the country’s constitution.

With 70 votes in favor and just four against, on May 28 the Senate reinstated Funai’s authority over delimiting and entitling indigenous reserves and placed the agency back under the Ministry of Justice, endorsing the vote of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, in the previous week.

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