The Government says that Belo Monte will not stop, MPF says dams flout the Constitution

The Government says that Belo Monte will not stop, MPF says dams flout the Constitution

June 5, 2013-09:21

Attorneys of Pará and Mato Grosso move 3 actions against the Federal Government.

While the Chief Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Gilberto Carvalho, stated yesterday, 4, at a meeting with about 140 Indians, that the works of Belo Monte will not stop, the Federal Public Ministry of Justice complained that several Stop riverside communities affected by hydroelectric projects in the Amazon, are not being heard by the Federal Government before the licensing of power plants.

According to the MPF, prior consultation is scheduled to the Indians in the Brazilian Constitution and Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed by the country, but it is not observed in practice.

Because of this irregularity, the Government responds to three lawsuits filed by attorneys of Pará and Mato Grosso.

In the actions, the MPF is calling communities Arara, Juruna, Munduruku and the bordering rivers Tapajós and Xingu Teles Pires are consulted on the construction of the dams. The MPF is studying the establishment of a fourth action to guarantee the right of Indians Kayabi, who inhabit the border of Mato Grosso with Stop and are affected by plant of São Manoel which, according to the MPF, is with the licensing in progress even without studies of impacts on indigenous communities.

What happens in practice?

The MPF has reported that prosecutors have obtained success in all the processes that are moving about the lack of consultation with traditional communities, but the Government has made use of sentences and given further ACE works with injunctions, suspensions, a remedy that does not evaluate the reasoning of cause and that can impact on the health, safety, order and public economy.

New Dams

There are at least 11 hydroelectric projects on the rivers Tapajós, Xingu and Teles Pires. Of all the works, the most emblematic case is that of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, built on Vitoria do Xingu, southwest of Pará. The project sum 17 cases in Federal Court since 2006, in addition to dozens of occupations.


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