Minister says that Indians will be consulted on dams in the Tapajos


Saturday, June 8, 2013


Minister says that Indians will be consulted on dams in the Tapajos


In response to a letter from the Indians, who are in Brasilia mundurukus since Monday (4) asking for the suspension of energy projects in the Amazon region, the Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency Republic, Gilberto Carvalho, returned to say that the Government is open to dialogue with the communities.

The report is Luana Lourenço and published by Agência Brazil-EBC, 6/7/2013.

In the letter, published in the early evening, Carvalho says that the Indians of the Rio Tapajós region – where the Government already has studies to build a complex of hydropower plants – will be heard and shall be entitled to express an opinion on the projects.

“I reiterate that the federal Government maintains its commitment to dialogue with all the indigenous of the Tapajós region to guarantee that their rights are respected and that their positions and proposals to be considered with regard to possible water potentials in the Tapajós River basin“, says the text.

The Indians charged in a letter delivered to the Minister on Wednesday night (5) and (6) yesterday to protest in front of the Presidential Palace, “a Brazilian Government official demonstration, declaring whether or not respected our final decision, binding and autonomous way, about the proposed consultation process”.

Prior to consultation on use of natural resources in their territory is provided for in Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO), ratified by Brazil in 2003.

According to Carvalho, “the federal Government’s position is to make a participatory process and informed consultation”, based on Convention 169 and the Federal Constitution, to which the mundurukus and other ethnic groups affected by projects can manifest itself.

A group of munduruku Indians are in Brasilia since the beginning of the week, after eight days the main construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, in the Xingu River (PA

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