Brazilian court upholds conviction of rancher who murdered an American nun in the Amazon

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September 07, 2011



A Brazilian court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a rancher for ordering the murder of Dorothy Stang, an American nun who fought to protect the Amazon rainforest and rights of small farmers.

A court in the state of Pará ordered Regivaldo Galvao to jail immediately. Last year a jury found Galvao of ordering the 2005 killing of Stang, who was allegedly blocking his illegal acquisition of land. Galvao was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but was freed on appeal. Outrage over his freedom eventually pressured the justice system to revise how it handles the appeals process for people sentenced to long prison terms.

At the time of her death Stang was working with the Pastoral Land Commission, a Catholic Church group that lobbies for land reform in Brazil and fights for land rights for the poor. Stang's murder became a tipping point in the heated battle between the rural poor and large landowners in the state of Pará. The federal government responded to her killing by sending several thousand armed troops into the state. Later Brazil established several protected areas in contested forests and proposed a land-use permit system for selling concession to loggers who agreed to set side land for settlers and indigenous groups.













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