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Risks and Realities of Mass Atrocities facing Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples
In many parts of the world, particularly throughout the Americas, indigenous peoples have been and continue to be victims of targeted mass atrocity violence. The violence is not limited to colonial era genocides, forced displacements, religious conversions or so-called reeducation programs. It has continued in the form of destruction and contamination of lands and waters in the name of economic development, as well as killings and disappearances of indigenous rights defenders. Most recently it has manifested in disproportionate infection and death rates as part of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nowhere is the persistent attack on indigenous rights and the need for more effective atrocity prevention work more apparent than in Brazil.

Please join us for a conversation with four panelists from Brazil including indigenous activists and legal experts from academic and government institutions.

English – Portuguese Simultaneous Interpretation Provided

Note: The event is intentionally scheduled to occur just before the start of the 2021 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Moderated by:

Nadia Rubaii, Co-Director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), Binghamton University and Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, Director of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic at Cardozo Law


Tónico Benites (Guarani-Kaiowá) is an indigenous rights leader, anthropologist and human rights defender from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Marcia Wayna Kambeba (Omágua / Kambeba) is a poet, writer, composer, photographer, activist and international speaker on indigenous and environmental issues, and the first indigenous Ombudswoman in Belem do Para, Brazil.

Fernanda Bragato is a Full Professor of Law Unisinos Law School (Brazil).

Júlio José Araújo, Jr. is a former Federal Judge and current Federal Prosecutor at in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

Apr 16, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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