Joseilson José dos Santos

On 7 February 2003, an attack on the Xucuru people occurred in the municipality of Pesqueira-PE, where two indigenous people were murdered and a Cacique was severely injured.

It is suspected that a group of gunmen linked to the farmers of the region waited for the truck of the community, that was being driven by Cacique Marcos. Ialong the way, a herd of animals was purposely released to stop the truck. As soon as the truck stopped several shots were fired by three men. Two indigenous people died: Joseilson José dos Santos and José Adimilson Barbosa da Silva. Adimilson was 20 years old.

Before these murders, another sixteen murders had already occurred against the Xucuru people as a result of a conflict over land tenure. Only 30% of the territory was in possession of the indigenous when the crime occurred. The remaining 70% were mainly occupied by farms.


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Region:Americas

Country:Brazil

Department/Province/State:Pernambuco

Sex1:Male

Date of Killing:07/02/2003

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Community leader

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

Sector Detail:Indigenous People’s Rights, Land Rights

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