Brazil: Court suspends Belo Monte Dam construction citing lack of consultation with indigenous groups

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Author: Survival International

Un juge brésilien a ordonné la suspension des activités sur un barrage très controversé en Amazonie, qualifiant d’’illégal’ le fait que la population autochtone affectée n’a pas été consultée convenablement. Après son verdict, le juge a déclaré : ’C’est seulement dans un régime dictatorial qu’un gouvernement approuve un projet avant de mener des consultations’.

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15 August 2012

Belo Monte Dam Suspended by Brazilian Appeals Court

Author: International Rivers, Amazon Watch & AIDA

A high-level court...suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon’s Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project...The ruling means that Brazilian Congress will have to correct its previous error by organizing consultations on the project’s impacts with affected indigenous peoples of the Xingu River, especially the Juruna, Arara and Xikrin tribes...Project consortium Norte Energia...led by the parastatal energy company Eletrobras, faces a daily fine of...about US$250,000, if it does not comply with the suspension. The dam consortium is expected to appeal the decision in the Brazilian Supreme Court. [refers to Camargo Correa, Andrade Gutierrez, Odebrecht]

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Author: Renato Santana, CIMI [Brasil]

...[La] Corte Federal de Brasilia…[decidió que] se retira la licencia de obra a la hidroeléctrica de Belo Monte… Los jueces de…la Corte Federal de…Brasilia, revocaron por unanimidad la licencia…Las obras, por lo tanto, deben ser suspendidas…y cada día de incumplimiento de la sentencia…incluye una multa…El consorcio [de Energía del Norte] puede apelar el fallo…Según el ponente…la obligación de la consulta previa e informada...no fue realizada por el Congreso Nacional…[y] las realizadas por el IBAMA, FUNAI y demás organismos no son válidas…

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