Al Jazeera reports:
Brazilian tribes ‘win’ land case
Brazil’s supreme court appears set to rule in favour of a group of indigenous tribes in their battle to retain control of land also claimed by farmers.
Eight out of the 11 judges said on Wednesday they will rule that the Raposa Serra do Sol tribal reservation in the Amazonian state of Roraima can remain a single unbroken territory.
Indigenous leaders and their supporters say that the decision – if made official – would set a precedent protecting the rights of their people and protect the reservation from being targeted by loggers, prospectors and rice farmers.
The farmers had petitioned the court to have the reserve broken up so they could continue living on land which had been designated an indigenous territory by the government in 2005.
However final judgement in the case will not take place until all the judges give their verdict, which may not be until February.
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