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Brazil: Group of affected people, lawyers, and activists travels around Europe to denounce Vale, companies and govt for human rights violations related to Rio Doce and Brumadinho dam ruptures


In an attempt to put pressure on Vale S.A. and seek laws to prevent further tragedies such as Brumadinho or Mariana, victims of mining dams, lawyers and activists will travel across Europe to denounce the Company, demand responses from the government and European companies and warn of impunity in response to deaths. The group will meet with investors, politicians and representatives of international organizations in seven different countries starting this weekend…[T]he group is being led by International Articulation of Persons Impacted by Vale…[I]n Geneva, the group will attend meetings at the UN on ways to hold companies accountable for human rights and environmental violations. In parallel, the group will strengthen the activities of the Amazon Synod that is taking place in Rome during this same period…["T]he objective is to denounce the corporate impunity of Vale S.A. and its associated companies, the threat of resumption of operations at the Paraopeba complex in Brumadinho (Jangada mine), the lack of real commitment by the Company and the Brazilian State to measures for comprehensive redress and guarantees of non-repetition of tragedies such as in Brumadinho and the Rio Doce Basin in Minas Gerais, and in Piquiá de Baixo in Açailândia, in the Brazilian Amazon”, the group points out in a statement…On October 22, in Berlin, the group participates in a discussion about the responsibility of German companies. Vale's dam stability certificate was issued by the German company TÜV SÜD four months before the Brumadinho rupture....["T]he case shows that German companies must be legally obliged to ensure due diligence for human rights in their activities abroad…

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