Since coming to office in 2019, Bolsonaro has proposed a number of policies infringing on indigenous rights [Adriano Machado/Reuters]

A Supreme Court judge in Brazil has suspended President Jair Bolsonaro‘s plan to transfer power over indigenous land to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso on Monday halted Bolsonaro’s provisional measure, meaning responsibility for the demarcation of indigenous territory will remain with the National Indigenous Affairs Agency (FUNAI) for the time being.

In May, Brazil’s Congress blocked Bolsonaro’s first attempt to transfer power from FUNAI to the Ministry of Agriculture, but the president issued another temporary decree last week repeating the move. 

As the provisional measure had already been discussed in the current legislative session, it could not be debated again in the same

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