On the international day of human rights, indigenous federation La Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) issued a statement expressing solidarity with the Jejytymiri community of the Ava Guaraní people, denouncing further abuses committed against the Makutinga indigenous community, of the Mbya Guaraní people.
"The Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI) stands in solidarity with its brothers, the members of the Jejytymiri indigenous community, the Ava Guaraní people, of the Yvyrarovana district, who have been victims of the greatest repression that we can suffer as indigenous Peoples, the expulsion from our ancestral lands.
The Paraguayan State has recognised us as Peoples prior to the formation of the Paraguayan State, that is, we have been in our territories before Paraguay has become a State / Nation and therefore we have ancestral rights over the lands and territories we occupy and claim. We ask ourselves, how long will the dispossession continue towards us? How long will non-indigenous people treat us as part of their fiefdoms?
More than 500 years have passed since the first great dispossession of our territories and although our ancestral rights have been recognised, we still suffer from colonialism and structural discrimination manifested mainly in the breach of the ancestral and legal right over lands and territories."
"[...] Today on the international day of Human Rights we demand that the Paraguayan State, the three powers, respect our rights, especially repairing the terrible effect of violations suffered by the women, children and men of the Jejytymiri Community and take pertinent actions to definitively prevent any attempt to usurp and dispossess the lands of the Indigenous Community."
Click here to read the full statement (Spanish only)