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7 Jan 2016

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, Justiça Global & Sociedade Paraense de Defesa de Direitos Humanos (SDDH)

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opens case against Brazil for human rights violations related to Belo Monte Dam

As the first reservoirs of the Belo Monte Dam are being filled, the Brazilian government is coming under fire from international organizations. On December 21, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) opened a case against Brazil, which was challenged by affected communities represented by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), Justiça Global and the Sociedade Paraense de Defesa de Direitos Humanos (SDDH). After an initial review lasting four years, and several requests for fast tracking the case by the petitioners, the Commission finally determined that the petition contains sufficient grounds to open the case, which means that Brazil must respond to the claims of human rights violations caused by Belo Monte…By opening the case for processing, the Commission is using all available tools to monitor the situation surrounding Belo Monte.