Brazilian Judge Suspends Military Incursion, Dam Construction in Indigenous Territory

fuckdams-231x300A federal appeals court (TRF-1) in Brazil has ordered the suspension of “Operation Tapajós,” a military and police intervention organized to control indigenous protests over technical studies on their lands in preparation for the controversial São Luíz do Tapajós Dam in the Amazonian state of Pará. Judge João Batista Moreira ruled that federal law and ILO Convention 169, to which Brazil is a part, require that indigenous Munduruku communities and other traditional populations threatened by the proposed dam be guaranteed a process of free, prior, and informed consultation and consent prior to further technical studies for dam construction. Although the dams are still officially in a phase of environmental assessment, the Brazilian government has made a political decision to build up to seven large dams on the Tapajós River and one of its major tributaries, the Jamanxim River.

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