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25 Jun 2015

Bruce Douglas, The Guardian (UK)

Brazil: Munduruku indigenous leader speaks at UN Human Rights Council about violence & lack of consultation on dams


“Brazilian indigenous leader to address UN council in effort to stop dam-Ademir Kaba Munduruku will argue Brazil is violating indigenous rights by failing to consult them about the hydroelectric project on the river Tapajós”, 24 June 2015

...[A]ccording to...Ademir Kaba Munduruku [,]...an indigenous leader...[who addressed]...the 29th United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on...[24 June 2015],...the Brazilian government failed to consult affected communities ahead of its construction of the Belo Monte dam, and...it is repeating this failure over its plans for another dam across the river Tapajós...[T]he Munduruku people had handed the government a protocol establishing the terms of a consultation process in January, but it had yet to receive a response…[He]…accused the government of a disproportionate use of force – including a police raid…in 2012 during which the indigenous leader Adenilson Kirixi Munduruku was shot dead…“If the government does not engage in dialogue with us…, we are prepared to die to stop the building of this dam,” he said...[He]…will also hold talks with representatives of European companies who are involved in the Brazilian government’s development of the Amazon basin, including EDF, GDF Suez and Alstrom…[He]…is being accompanied by Felício Pontes,…prosecutor…who has filed numerous lawsuits over the government’s violation of human rights and environmental legislation in its development of the Amazon basin....Brazil’s...government body responsible for the consultation process...said: “The...government will guarantee the right to prior consultation with the Munduruku people, as set out in ILO Convention 169, for the realisation of the Tapajós hydroelectric project.”

Part of the following timelines

Brasil: Indígenas Munduruku e sua luta pelo reconhecimento de seus direitos e demarcação de sua terra

Consórcio Norte Energia lawsuit (re Belo Monte dam in Brazil)