The Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Luís Roberto Barroso ordered this Monday (30) that authorities under the administration of Jair Bolsonaro be investigated for the crime of genocide of indigenous people and disobedience of court decisions.
The names of those investigated were not revealed. The measure was taken after the seriousness of the situation of peoples like the Yanomami was revealed.
In his decision, Barroso cited apparent leaks of secret operations against illegal miners that caused “absolute insecurity” of the native peoples, by “action or omission, partial or total, on the part of federal authorities”.
Barroso’s decision was sent to the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Police of Roraima and the Federal Public Ministry.
“These facts and the others reported in the case file illustrate a very serious and worrying situation, suggestive of absolute anomie in dealing with the matter, as well as the practice of multiple illicit acts, with the participation of high federal authorities”, said Barroso in his dispatch.
“The reports described above indicate the occurrence of a humanitarian and environmental tragedy of great proportions.”
In addition to investigating the Bolsonaro government’s involvement, Barroso has ordered the Lula administration to remove the tens of thousands of illegal miners operating on indigenous lands. He gave a period of 30 days to deliver a plan with a schedule of actions for this, in addition to the diagnosis of the affected communities.
He determined that the Lula government immediately adopt emergency measures to protect the life, health and safety of indigenous communities, with the opening of extraordinary lines of credit for the decision to be fulfilled.
Barroso’s decision was based on documents compiled by the Brazilian Association of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples (APIB) which, among other data, show that at least 570 Yanomami children in Roraima have died of hunger and malnutrition in the last four years.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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