Harassmant of a Peasant Farmer and His Family Stopped in Brazil (UA 005/09)

Jose Luis da Silva, Severina dos Santos Silva and their family are currently receiving protection after numerous threats to their lives were made over the disputed land of their farm. Due in large part to the response from the members of the Urgent Action network, the Silva family’s case was publicized and the threats have ceased. The family is also receiving psychological treatment due to the support of Amnesty International. The investigation and judicial process surrounding the threats are now moving more quickly and the family and Amnesty International are hopeful that the attackers will be punished. The Silva family expressed their gratitude to Amnesty International in a letter detailing their improved condition.