Paraguay Recognizes Indigenous Rights but Ignores Laws That Defend Them

Paraguay Recognizes Indigenous Rights but Ignores Laws That Defend Them
A woman from the indigenous Maca ethnic group during a celebration on American Indigenous International Day, Asuncion, Paraguay, April 19, 2011 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the legal status and socio-economic conditions of indigenous peoples in a range of countries.

Last month, police forcibly evicted a group of indigenous Ava Guarani people from their native land in eastern Paraguay, demolishing houses, schools, places of worship and crops. In an email interview, René Harder Horst, a history professor at Appalachian State University, discusses indigenous rights in Paraguay.

WPR: What is the legal status of Paraguay’s indigenous peoples, and what are the key issues facing Paraguay’s indigenous communities?

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