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Analysis: Isolated indigenous peoples in Brazil threatened as bill moves forward in Chamber

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The text of bill PL 490, approved by a committee of Brazil's Chamber of Deputiues, allows contact with isolated indigenous groups if there is a "public benefit." Private companies can contact these groups if they are contracted by the government.

In Brazil, there are about 114 indigenous groups that are oblivious to the political game in Brasília. In their villages, located deep in the Legal Amazon, no news arrived about the approval of Law 490/2007 by the Constitutional and Judicial and Citizenship Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday (the basic text . . .

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