Human Rights Commission will follow investigations into the operation Eldorado

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Friday, April 19, 2013

 

Human Rights Commission will follow investigations into the operation Eldorado

 

The investigations into the death of Adenilson Kirixi Munduruku Indian in November 2012, during Operation Eldorado, will be accompanied by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of the Chamber of Deputies. The HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL created a Committee to monitor the case, currently investigated by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF).

The information is Luciano Birth and published by Agência Brazil-EBC, 4/14/2013.

The meeting this Wednesday (17) of the Human Rights Council, began under protests against the Congressman Marcos Feliciano (PR-SP), President of the Commission. Once again, public access was restricted to the plenary.

The Eldorado Operation was triggered by the Federal Police (PF) to combat illegal gold extraction in indigenous lands in the States of Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Amazonas, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. At the time, the PF defended himself on the grounds that the confrontation between the police and the munduruku occurred because some Indians of the Teles Pires, village in Jacareacanga (PA), on the border with Mato Grosso, Pará, tried to prevent the destruction of dredges used in an illegal mining. The Indians, however, say that Jimmy was executed, request clarification of the crime and the punishment of those responsible.

During the hearing, was presented a video showing the arrival of the PF in the village. In the images, the cops are shooting. The video also shows images of the dead Indian.

The Munduruku Nathan Chief criticized the action of the policemen. He said that, contrary to what was reported, the police did not use rubber bullets. “Gold is just a warrant to enter and destroy the mining. The mining is old. If it is to crack down, it had to be where is the mining and not in the village, “he said.

The Chief also criticized the National Indian Foundation (Funai) and charged the COUNCIL to ask the Ministry of justice the names of the people who authorized the operation. “Keystone [research] is to know who authorized”.

Mr Shepherd Eurico (PSB-PE), author of the application that called the hearing, said that after watching the video “was presented a new type of rubber bullet; that hurts, rubber rubber that kills “.

Along with other members, Helen lamented the absence of the President of Funai, Marta Maria of Amaral Azevedo, and the Director-General of the Department of Federal Police, Leandro Daiello Coimbra, both invited to participate in the hearing.

“In a week’s flagship, which celebrates the day of the Indian, Funai, which should be the most interested in indigenous issues, is no longer present and even if it does represent [the meeting],” said Rep. Roberto Lucena (PV-SP).

The President of the Commission, Marco Feliciano, said that Indian’s death is unknown. “I am unaware that this fact has been reported by the press,” said to start his speech in the debate.

To the State Prosecutor in Santarem, Felipe Almeida Bogado, the Eldorado Operation was a “[action] atypical Federal Police” and said that it was not the intention of the police to kill the Indian. He stressed that the action was extremely violent. “The investigation has photos that show bullet holes in the walls of the school and in the houses of the village. Were not used only rubber bullets “.

Bogado asked for the exhumation of the body of Adenilson Kirixi Munduruku to new necropsy. For him, the previous examination was superficial, because it brings information about the caliber of the weapon that killed the Indian and the distance from which the shots were fired. “With the exhumation we will have relevant information about what actually occurred in the situation”. To the Prosecutor, the information will help punish those involved and to seek civil responsibility of the Union.

The Tapajós Operation involves military and police who work in the region, by determination of the federal Government. The goal is to ensure the realisation of studies coordinated by Eletrobras to the construction of the São Luís do Tapajós, Rio Tapajós, in the West of Pará, in the region near the village of munduruku Indians.

Bogado praised the decision of the Federal Regional Court of the 1st region (TRF-1), in Brasilia, to determine the temporary suspension of the environmental licensing process of the works of hydropower plant and all actions related to the project. “For the first time the Convention 169 of the ILO [International Labor Organization] has been complied with the Court’s decision,” commented.

The Convention, of which Brazil is a signatory, States that, before environmental impact studies, it is necessary to consult indigenous peoples and traditional populations that may be affected by the project.

The Solicitor-General of the Union (AGU) released note that States that, even this week, will appeal against a decision of the Federal Regional Court of the 1st region (TRF1).

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