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NEWS RELEASE: First-ever recipient of Human Rights and Business Award named

Justiça nos Trilhos will receive the new Human Rights and Business Award, accompanied by a $50,000 grant.

Justiça nos Trilhos is an organization working closely with local communities in remote parts of Brazil – including indigenous peoples, peasants, and Afro-descendants – to address human rights and environmental abuses by mining and steel companies...

Mining and steel companies have polluted the rivers on which these people depend [...], polluted the air causing respiratory and eyesight problems, contaminated the soil with industrial waste, displaced communities, and decimated the cultures and lives of indigenous peoples.

The board members of the Human Rights and Business Award Foundation [...] said [...]: “We launched this annual award to recognize ‘outstanding work by human rights defenders addressing the human rights impacts of business’. Justiça nos Trilhos epitomizes such a group, working rigorously and conscientiously over many years in challenging circumstances – always in close collaboration with the local communities whose fundamental rights they seek to protect.”

The human rights defenders of Justiça nos Trilhos [...] have been subjected to surveillance and retaliatory lawsuits by Vale.

The award will be presented to Justiça nos Trilhos on 27 November 2018 in Geneva, at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights...

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