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Murder of Black community activist, 72, in Brazil prompts calls for action

Maria Bernadete Pacífico, whose son was shot dead in 2017, killed by gunmen at her home in Bahia

Human rights organisations in Brazil are clamouring for justice following the murder of a Black community activist who had been receiving threats.

Maria Bernadete Pacífico, a community and religious leader in the Pitanga dos Palmares quilombo – an Afro-Brazilian settlement of descendants of escaped slaves in the north-east state of Bahia – was killed on Thursday evening.

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