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Pronunciamento das Comunidades Ashaninka da Bacia do Rio Ene

PRONUNCIAMENTO DAS COMUNIDADES ASHANINKA DA BACIA DO RIO ENE FRENTE AO PROJETO DE REPRESA HIDROELÉTRICA NO TERRITÓRIO PAKITZAPANGO   As comunidades Ashaninka da Bacia do Rio Ene da Província de Satipo, Região de Junín, Peru reunidos no seu XIV Congresso Ordinário da Central Ashaninka do Rio Ene, na Comunidade Nativa do Pamakiari, anexo do Cutivereni (distrito do Rio Tambo), nos dias 07 e 08 de maio de 2010, para debater o Projeto da construção da Represa Hidroelétrica Pakitzapango, manifestamos o seguinte:   Considerando que: Nossa história está cheia de constantes abusos: fomos e

Risk Notification Letter to BNDES Presented by Brazilian Environmental Organizations

It is public knowledge that the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) intends to act as the principal financier of the project denominated Aproveitamento Hidrelétrico de Belo Monte, on the Xingú River, State of Pará, independent of its financial, economic, social, or environmental cost. It has already been publicly announced that the bank is disposed to directly contribute a minimum of R$ 12.000.000.000 (12 billion reais), which would be the largest individual investment of the financial institution to date. By way of the present particular instrument and in the most

Outrage over Peru-Brazil Energy Agreement

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Six dams will displace indigenous communities and threaten Amazon ecosystems Asserting its role as a regional superpower, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed an energy agreement with Peruvian President Alan Garcia yesterday, which includes building around six hydroelectric power plants in the Peruvian Amazon to supply more than 6000 MW of power to Brazil. The projects were designed by the Brazilian electric utility Eletrobrás in conjunction with Brazilian multinational construction giants Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez , all of which would be directly involved in dam cons

O Financiamento Público de Belo Monte: Arriscado e Quente Demais

Senator Flexa Ribeiro of Pará, President of the Senate Commission on Belo Monte and accused of corruption
Aluminum smelting (Aguirre/Switkes/Archive)Em uma recente entrevista com o Financial Times, o Ministro de Finanças Guido Mantega afirmou que a economia brasileira está indo tão bem apesar da crise econômica global que o governo deve limitar os gastos públicos, a fim de evitar o "superaquecimento". No entanto, a despesa pública referente à hidrelétrica e mineração é quente demais, e arrisca queimar um buraco através da imagem pública do Brasil como líder em questões de mudança climática. O governo brasileiro pretende financiar até 80% do preço de Belo Monte, de USD

Organizations Denounce Intimidations During the Belo Monte Legal Process

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Brazilian civil society organizations forwarded this Thursday (13) a complaint to the Special Rapporteur of the Human Council on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers of the United Nations regarding the threats and pressures faced by the attorneys of Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutor’s office (MPF) and by a Federal Judge of  the city of Altamira, Pará related to the auction of the Belo Monte dam. In April, the General Attornies Terre Cláudio do Amaral, Bruno Alexandre Gütschow, and Ubiratan Cazetta presented two public civil actions to suspend the auction outright. The Federal Judge

Request to UN Special Rapporteur Regarding Threats and Intimidation in Belo Monte Judicial Process

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre, Terra de Direitos - Organização de Direitos Humanos, Conselho Indigenista Missionário – CIMI, Sociedade Paraense de Direitos Humanos (SDDH), Justiça Global, Comitê Metropolitano do Movimento Xingu Vivo (Belém – Pará), Prelazia do Xingu, Comissão Pastoral da Terra – Pará, Rede FAOR, Associação de Defesa Etno-ambiental - Kanindé, aiming to strengthen former denunciations sent to the United Nations and this Illustrious Representative, bring to your awareness new facts of violation of judicial independence concerning the case of the construction

A Conexão Hidrelétricas e Alumínio

Close to half of all energy consumed by the aluminum industry comes from hydroelectric dams, and the industry believes that this percentage will increase in the coming years. The size of this increase will depend both on the industry's assimilation of social and environmental costs created by the dams in cost-benefit calculations, and on a better comprehension of the effects of hydroelectric dams on climate change through their release of methane and CO2.

Indigenous Declaration After the Belo Monte Dam Auction

We, the indigenous people of the Xingú, do not want Belo Monte We, the indigenous people of the Xingú, are here fighting for our people, for our lands, but we're also fighting for the future of the world.  President Lula said last week that he was worried for indigenous people and worried about the Amazon, and that he does not want international NGOs to speak against Belo Monte.  We are not international NGOs.  We, 62 indigenous leaders from the villages Bacajá, Mrotidjam, Kararaô, Terra-Wanga, Boa Vista Km 17, Tukamã, Kapoto, Moikarako, Aykre, Kiketrum, Potikro, Tukaia,

Justiça suspende leilão e licença de Belo Monte

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Juiz federal de Altamira concordou com o MPF em uma das ações civis públicas que tratam das irregularidades no empreendimento. A Justiça Federal determinou a suspensão da licença prévia da hidrelétrica de Belo Monte e o cancelamento do leilão, marcado para a próxima terça (20/04). O juiz Antonio Carlos de Almeida Campelo concedeu medida liminar (urgente) por ver “perigo de dano irreparável”, com a iminência da licitação. A decisão é fruto da apreciação de uma das duas ações civis públicas ajuizadas pelo Ministério Público Federal tratando das irregular

Na lei ou na marra

Saturday, April 10, 2010
O Ministério Público entra com ação contra o leilão de Belo Monte, e o presidente Lula diz que a usina será feita de qualquer maneira. O TCU aprova relatório mostrando a distribuição desequilibrada de recursos públicos, e o presidente diz que é leviandade. A Justiça Eleitoral multa o presidente, e ele diz: “Não podemos ficar subordinados ao que um juiz diz que podemos ou não.” Tudo isso num dia. O chefe do Executivo investe contra o Ministério Público, o Tribunal de Contas da União e a Justiça Eleitoral, num ataque serial em apenas 24 horas. A República pressupõe in

Civil Society Groups File Official Complaint on Belo Monte Dam with United Nations

Thursday, April 1, 2010
UN Special Rapporteurs Asked to Investigate Irregularities in Project Approval A document delivered to the United Nations last Thursday, April 1, claims that flaws in the environmental licensing process for the controversial Belo Monte Dam in Brazil were overlooked due to political pressure from the government.The complaint documents the illegal and arbitrary nature of project approval, and how political pressure was brought to bear on licensing staff who questioned the irregularities in the licensing process. More than 100 social movements, organizations and unions representing more th

Belo Monte Dam

The Brazilian government is planning to build what would be the world’s third-largest hydroelectric project on one of the Amazon’s major tributaries, the Xingu. The Belo Monte Dam would divert the flow of the Xingu River and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displacing over 20,000 people and threatening the survival of indigenous peoples. International Rivers is working with indigenous groups and activists to protect the Xingu River Basin from large dams.

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