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22 Jun 2016

Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragem-MAB (Brazil)

Brazil: Nicinha’s body, women rights defender from the Movement of People Affected by Dams, was found in the Jirau dam after 5 months missing

“Nicinha's body is found after five months missing-MAB activist in Porto Velho (RO), Nilce de Souza Magalhães, was murdered January this year and her body was missing”, 22 June 2016

The body of Nilce de Souza Magalhães,…Nicinha,…[was]...found on…21…[June]…in the hydro-power dam's lake of Jirau. Nicinha, leadership of MAB in Rondônia was missing since January 7th. Her body was found only 400 metres away from where she used to live…by the workers of the dam, her hands and feet were tied by a rope and tied to a rock…[S]he lived with her husband Nei, at an encampment with other fisher families, affected by the the hydro-power plant Jirau…Edione Pessoa da Silva, who was i[n]…prison after confessing to murder Nicinha, escaped from the State Penitentiary "Edvan Mariano Rosendo"…Nicinha was known…for the struggle in defense of the affected populations, denouncing human rights violations committed by the consortium responsible for the Jirau power plant, called Energia Sustentável do Brasil…Nicinha was daughter of rubber extractors who came from Acre to Abuna…in Rondonia, where she lived almost fifty years and was evicted…with other fishers due to the construction of the dam. The encampment where they had lived had no access to clean water or electricity. Nilce made several complaints over the years…including…[on]…the…impacts of predatory fishing activity on the Madeira River. The complaints generated two civil investigations…by the Federal Public Ministry and State on the non implementation of the Programme of Support to Fishing activity and another of criminal criminal character…

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