RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The "babalaô" (a priest of Candomblé, an African-origin religion) and doctoral student in history of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Ivanir dos Santos received, on Wednesday, July 17th, an award from the U.S. State Department for the importance of his fight against intolerance toward practitioners of Africa-based religions in Brazil.

"I want to point out that the award is the recognition of all our actions towards freedom, human rights, plurality, diversity, and . . .

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