Weekly Report - 26 October 2023 (WR-23-43)

BRAZIL: Lula incurs wrath of rural caucus over land rights

Lawmakers linked to Brazil’s powerful agribusiness lobby, registered as the ‘Frente Parlamentar da Agropecuária’ (FPA), had moved to advance a bill to reform the indigenous land demarcation process, which was fully approved by congress in late September. However, on 20 October President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva exercised his power to veto legislation, rejecting certain sections of the bill which would have enshrined into law the controversial ‘marco temporal’ thesis, a legal argument that proposes placing a timeframe on the validity of an indigenous tribe’s claim to its ancestral land.

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