Brazil: Protecting collective rights of the Quilombo community and challenging racial discrimination

Students supported NGOs working on a petition filed with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. The Clinic concentrated on land rights and racial discrimination issues for the Quilombo community of Marambaia. The community, which was formed between 1532 and 1888 by runaway slaves, has been subject to a number of increasingly strict restrictions imposed by the Navy (which was awarded jurisdiction in 1971) under the widely abused pretext of military interest. The petition was filed in 2009.

 

Project completed by students in the Fall 2008 Human Rights Advocacy course, the predecessor to the Human Rights Clinic.