Isaias Guajajara

On April 19, 2016, Isaiah Guajajara, 32 years old, was killed after being stabbed in the abdomen. He was rescued and taken to hospital by the local people, but died from his injuries. The crime occurred in the city of Amarante do Maranhão.

Isaias was a member of the Guajajara People and a resident of the Juçaral village, located on the Arariboia indigenous lands. His death was one of four recorded between March 26 and April 22; all involving residents of the Arariboia Indigenous Land in Maranhão.

The death of Isaias occurred on the day that is celebrated as the Indian Day in Brazil, which seemed an affront to the entire indigenous community.

The area has little surveillance, whence the killings continue without clear investigation of culprits. As a result, indigenous people continue to suffer from constant pressure from loggers, even when living in an area that has already been demarcated.

Personal Recollections

A personal friend of Isaias, Derik Junior, also a resident of the region wrote on his Facebook profile:

“Unfortunately we have lost this very special person. A great indigenous leader he was a man who will be eternally remembered for everything he has done here in the struggle for the land. Too bad you’re gone, my friend. May God keep you in a good place. Thank you # Isaiasguajajara”

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Nickname:no information



Date of Killing:19/04/2016

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:NGO member

Organisation:Arariboia Indigenous Land in Maranhão.

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Land Rights

More information:Front line Defenders

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