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Afro-Descendant Property Rights in Brazil


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Quilombos face an increasing threat of encroachment and, without formal title, the communities that live on the lands have little or no protection against displacement.

As part of a multi-year project on Afro-descendant and indigenous land rights in Latin America, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice coordinated a spring break fact-finding delegation to Brazil to investigate and gather information on the status of collective lands claims by Afro-Brazilian communities.

Learn more about the 2008 spring break project. Read the press release, "Brazil Fails to Protect the Rights of Afro-Brazilian Communities" (24 September 2008). You can read the report and executive summary, in both English and Portuguese, produced by our interdisciplinary delegation, below.


Report

English: "Between the Law and Their Land: Afro-Brazilian Quilombo Communities’ Struggle for Land Rights"

Português: "Entre o direito e as suas terras: A luta das comunidades quilombolas pelo seu direito à terra"


Executive Summary

English: "Between the Law and Their Land: Afro-Brazilian Quilombo Communities’ Struggle for Land Rights"

Português: "Entre o direito e as suas terras: A luta das comunidades quilombolas pelo seu direito à terra"



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A fisherman at Gamboa de Baixe Brazil