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Brazil: Hearing held to discuss the activity of Onça Puma Mining, affecting the Xikrin indigenous community
Author: MPF, Published on: 20 January 2017
(English Translation by Google Translate):
"STF: MPF asks that resources to Xikrin villages affected by Onça Puma Mining be released", Janiuary 2017
The coordinator of the Chamber of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Peoples of the Federal Public Ministry (6th CCR / MPF), deputy attorney general of the Republic Luciano Mariz Maia, was received by the president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Minister Carmen Lúcia, January 17, to address issues involving the Xikrin indigenous community, affected by the activity of Onça Puma Mining - a subsidiary of Vale do Rio Doce. The main agenda (...) was an appeal lodged by the Attorney General of the Republic against the monocratic decision of the minister, who suspended the monthly payment of compensation (R $ 3 million) by Vale to Xikrin villages directly affected by the project: O-odjã, Dudjekô and Cateté... The Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region (TRF-1), in September 2016, authorized the survey, in favor of the Indians, of the resources deposited by Vale... According to Deputy Attorney General Luciano Maia, the minister demonstrated deep knowledge of the issue and sensitivity about the process, notably on the impacts to Xikrin arising from the eight years of Onça Puma Mining activity: "skin problem, physical deformations of children, difficult fishing and complete interference with the environment, not only due to noise pollution, but also to the air and especially to the waters ", he pointed out... At the end of the meeting, Minister Carmen Lúcia informed MPF representatives that she should present to the Plenary, in February, the trial process.
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Related companies: Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (now Vale)