A coletiva foi marcada para as 16h de Brasília, horário em que haveria o encontro com representantes do Governo brasileiro, que surpreendentemente decidiu não comparecer à audiência convocada pela CIDH, remarcada ontem para quinta-feira. Em abril, a Comissão concedeu medidas cautelares solicitando a suspensão imediata da construção da usina de Belo Monte.
Participarão da entrevista as advogadas Andressa Caldas e Roberta Amanajás, da Justiça Global e da Sociedade Paraense de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos (SDDH), organizações peticionárias das medidas cautelares, além de Atossa Soltani, diretora executiva da Amazon Watch.
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Brazil Boycotts OAS Meeting Over Belo Monte Dam
Government refuses to meet civil society delegation at Human Rights Commission
Where: 1889 F. St NW, Washington, DC – Front sidewalk at entrance of the Organization of American States General Services Building
When: Wednesday, October 26th, 2:00pm
Who: Brazilian indigenous leader and human rights lawyers, with AIDA and Amazon Watch
What: Press conference directly following meeting with Commissioners featuring:
* Sheyla Juruna: Indigenous leader of the Juruna people
* Andressa Caldas: Executive Director, Global Justice
* Roberta Amanajas: Lawyer, Pará Society for the Defense of Human Rights
* Atossa Soltani: Executive Director, Amazon Watch (press conference moderator)
Background: Earlier this year, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a resolution urging the Brazilian government to suspend construction of the controversial Belo Monte Dam due to concerns over human rights impacts on indigenous peoples. Since then the Brazilian government has adopted a radical posture in response to international oversight of its hydroelectric project, recalling its ambassador to the Organization of the American States (OAS), Ruy Casaes, allegedly threatening to withhold annual membership dues to the OAS, and now refusing to meet with affected community leaders and their counsel. Since its transition to democracy in 1988, this is the first time that Brazil will miss a working meeting with the IACHR.
If built, Belo Monte would be the world’s third largest dam, flooding over 600 km2 of rainforest, drying out a section of 100 km of the river, and displacing hundreds of families including indigenous communities. While this controversy plays out in Washington, DC, a parallel battle rages within the Brazilian legal system. Last week, one of three judges on an appeals panel held that the large dam project violates the Brazilian Constitution because there has been no free, prior, and informed consultation with indigenous communities. The final decision in the case is still pending after more than five years of delays in Brazilian courts.
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