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Brazil: Indiginous leaders marked for death: the killing of Francisco de Assis Araujo

, Index number: AMR 19/015/1998

On 20 May 1998, indiginous leader Francisco de Assis Araujo was extrajudicially executed. He had been receiving death threats since 1989 in consequence of his land claim campaigning activities, particularly on behalf of his own indiginous group, the Xucuru. The official investigation of his death has already been halted, continuing the pattern of almost total impunity for those who commit human rights violations against Brazil's indiginous population

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