Indigenous Rights in Democratic Brazil

  title={Indigenous Rights in Democratic Brazil},
  author={Maria Guadalupe Moog Rodrigues},
  journal={Human Rights Quarterly},
  pages={487 - 512}
  • M. Rodrigues
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Sociology
  • Human Rights Quarterly
In 1831, nine years after Brazil's independence from Portugal, the govern ment enacted legislation addressing indigenous peoples' rights in the new country. The progressive set of laws revoked decrees by the Portuguese Crown that had authorized "total war" against indigenous peoples and servitude for war prisoners. The Brazilian law, instead, determined that indigenous peoples' material and personal rights be placed under the protection of the "Justice of Orphans."1 Clearly, the legislator… 

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