Minister Luis Roberto Barroso, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), once again banned the entry of religious missions into indigenous areas inhabited by isolated peoples and recent contact. The decision comes a year after the Court’s first ban, granted through a precautionary measure.
“Thus, just so that there is no doubt about the scope of the injunction already issued and in force for more than a year, I explain that it prevents the entry into lands of isolated indigenous peoples and of recent contact by any third parties, including members of religious missions,” explained Barroso.
The decision came within the scope of the Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (ADI) filed by the Workers’ Paetido and by the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib), which asks for protection to isolated peoples and people of recent contact against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
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In his decision, Barroso reinforced that the risk of contagion from the indigenous “seems to be more immediately related to the entry of new religious missions”. “A different issue, to be debated in due course, on the merits, concerns the conditions for entry of missions that were already in indigenous lands, and, if such entry is illegitimate, their withdrawal. On this point, however, the relationship between danger in delay, pandemic and risk to life and health is not clear.”
Barroso’s first decision, endorsed by the plenary of the Court, took place on July 8, 2020, in the scope of the Allegation of Non-Compliance with a Fundamental Precept (ADPF) 709, when the minister demanded that the government adopt measures to restrict access to the areas by the religious.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla