Brazil: After dam collapse, United Nations human rights experts ask for appropriate investigation, preventive measures and for Vale’s cooperation

Author: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Published on: 30 January 2019

“Brazil: UN experts call for probe into deadly dam collapse”, 30 January 2019

GENEVA (30 January 2019) - UN human rights experts* have called for a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the collapse of a tailing dam in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on 25 January 2019, the second such incident involving the same company in the past three years…[“T]he tragedy demands accountability and calls into question preventive measures taken subsequent to the Samarco mining disaster in Minas Gerais just over three years ago...[W]e urge the Government to act decisively on its commitment to do everything in its power to prevent more such tragedies and to bring to justice those responsible for this disaster,” the experts said…[U]N Special Rapporteur on Toxics Baskut Tuncak made a specific call for a transparent, impartial, rapid and competent investigation into the toxicity of the waste, with full accessibility of information for the general public, and urged for necessary precautionary measures to be taken immediately. The experts also called on the mining company Vale to act in accordance with its responsibility to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts; to cooperate fully with authorities investigating into the disaster; and to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of harm caused through legitimate processes…

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Related companies: Samarco (joint venture BHP Billiton and Vale)