HRD, Indigenous leader
Case HistoryStatus: Assassination Plot
Rosivaldo Ferreira da Silva, best known as Cacique Babau, is the leader of the Serra do Padeiro Tupinambá village, located in the municipality of Buerarema, in Bahia. In their struggle for land rights, the Tupinambás have suffered a serious process of criminalisation, defamation, threats, torture and attempted murders that involve the state, big farmers and the mass media. The Tupinambás ancestral lands were recognised as indigenous territory back in 1996. The human rights defender has also been a strong voice in denouncing environmental crimes in the region.