[01/01/2016] Nilce de Souza Magalhães

Gender: Female

Location of the incident: Brazil

Counting Unit: Individual

Affiliation on the individual / type of group: Indigenous peoples

Specific attack on the HRD(s) / Rights of the HRD(s) affected by the incident:

  • Killings

Date of the incident: Fri 1 Jan 2016

Date accuracy: Year correct

Summary of the incident: On 21 June 2016, the body of human rights defender Ms Nilce de Souza Magalhães was found by the dam of Usina Hidrelétrica (UHE). She 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.

Related Company/Companies:

Other actors allegedly involved:


Alleged actor: Private individuals / groups in a position of relative power

Issues the HRD is/was working on:

  • Environment: General
  • Displacement
  • Access to water

Sources of information:

Source of the incident: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/Case-History-Nilce-de-Souza-Magalhaes

Original language of the article: EN

Credit: FLD

Further sources of information:http://www.tractebel-engie.com/references/jirau-hydroelectric-power-plant-2/

https://www.escr-net.org/petitions/2016/brazil-justice-disappearance-ms-nilce-souza-magalhaes-human-rights-activist

https://www.escr-net.org/petitions/2016/brazil-justice-disappearance-ms-nilce-souza-magalhaes-human-rights-activist

https://newint.org/blog/2016/07/05/brazil-human-rights-defender-found-drowned-in-dam

https://business-humanrights.org/es/node/147900