No cryptocurrency for native Brazilians, says Ministry of Human Rights

Damares Alves takes office as Minister of Human Rights and shakes up the future of Brazil's indigenous population. Human rights groups are concerned.
Native Brazilian Child from Tupi Guarani Tribe.

Damares Alves, minister of the newly created Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, decided to cancel a contract of almost BRL 45 million signed by Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency (Funai) and the Fluminense Federal University (UFF). The agreement was published on November 28, just a few weeks before the end of Michel Temer’s term as president.

Among the services the university was supposed to provide were functional mapping, the creation of territorial databases, and the implementation of a cryptocurrency for indigenous populations. The majority of the funds (BRL 35 million) would come from...

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