Brazil Breaks Relations With Human Rights Commission Over Belo Monte Dam

Author: Latin America News Dispatch, Published on: 3 May 2011

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has ordered an immediate cessation of relations with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) after the regional body asked the government to suspend construction of Brazil’s $17 billion Belo Monte dam in April. The Belo Monte Dam, scheduled for completion in 2015, has been a source of considerable controversy in recent months as indigenous communities, environmentalist groups, and celebrities like Sting and director James Cameron have opposed the project...Recently, Brazilian mining company Vale agreed to pay $1.4 billion for a stake in the consortium [Consórcio Norte Energia] responsible for building the dam.

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Related companies: Consórcio Norte Energia Vale