RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A Federal Court in Brazil has overturned the appointment of Ricardo Lopes Dias as head of the department for isolated and recently contacted tribes at the indigenous agency FUNAI.
The evangelical pastor and anthropologist had been in office since February. This represented a 'high risk' for the rights of indigenous peoples, according to the ruling.
The court is thereby complying with a petition by the Federal Prosecutor's Office, which had pointed out the danger of genocide against voluntarily isolated communities through Lopes Dias' religious missionary approach.
Lopes Dias worked for the "New Tribal Groups Mission . . .