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Paulino Terena

Paulino Terena


Paulino Terena is an indigenous rights defenders and indigenous leader of the Terena people, an indigenous group who live in the provinces of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and São Paulo. He has worked to denounce and expose the killings committed against indigenous persons in Brazil and he is currently under the protection of the National Programme for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.


The challenges and threats faced by human rights defenders in Brazil remain very high, particularly for those working on issues of land, environment, indigenous peoples, LGBTi rights, corruption and impunity. Many HRDs have experienced death threats, physical attacks, arbitrary arrests and lawsuits. The high number of killings is of particular concern and takes place against a background of widespread impunity.