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Brazil And Indian Land Protection

Volume 571: debated on Wednesday 17 April 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What action they are taking both bilaterally and multilaterally to ensure that together with the Brazilian Government the agreements made at the Rio Earth Summit on Indian land protection are honoured both in spirit and in substance.

Her Majesty's Government regularly make clear to the Brazilian authorities the need to respect the rights and interests of indigenous peoples, in line with the principles and objectives of the Rio Declaration and Programme of Action. During his recent visit to the UK the Brazilian Minister of Justice gave assurances of the Brazilian Government's continuing commitment to the successful completion of the indigenous lands demarcation programme currently under way.