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Federal Public Prosecutors Appeal to Supreme Court to Maintain Suspension of Belo Monte

Monday, September 3, 2012
Chief Justice will need to reconsider decision, or allow vote by full Supreme Court Brasília, Brazil - The Federal Public Prosecutors’ Office (Ministério Público Federal - MPF) filed an appeal today with the Brazilian Supreme Court to stop construction of the Belo Monte Dam until consultations are held with indigenous people affected by the project. Construction was allowed to continue last week due to an injunction issued by Chief Justice Carlos Ayres Britto that suspended an earlier decision of a regional federal court (TRF-1). The appeal requests that Ayres Britto reconsider his de

Laos Begins Work on a Second Mekong River Dam

Sunday, September 2, 2012
The Lao government has begun work on its second hydropower project on the Mekong River, the 260-380 MW Don Sahong Dam, despite unresolved concerns with the Xayaburi Dam.

The Sesan, Srepok and Sekong Rivers at a Crossroads

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Press Release - 30 August 2012 Report assesses the various actors operating in the Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong (3S) Rivers Basin with a stake in the development of hydropower and the threat that the scramble to exploit the area’s water resources poses to the region and its people.

Supreme Court Judge Overturns Suspension of Belo Monte Dam

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Carlos Ayres Britto
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Brasilia, Brazil: The Brazilian Supreme Court has overturned the suspension of the Belo Monte Dam, caving to pressure from President Dilma Rousseff’s administration without giving appropriate consideration to indigenous rights implications of the case, human rights groups said today. The case illustrates the Brazilian judiciary’s alarming lack of independence, when powerful interests are at stake.

Belo Monte Dam Construction Halted

Friday, August 24, 2012
Project developer Norte Energia, S.A. stopped all construction on the Belo Monte Dam yesterday after receiving written notification of last week's decision from the Brazilian Federal Appeals Court that suspended the project.

Belo Monte Dam Suspended by Brazilian Appeals Court

Federal Judge Souza Prudente of the Federal Tribunal in the Amazon region.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A high-level court yesterday suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon’s Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted.

FUNAI Threatens to Allow Damming of the Xingu Without Agreement of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous protestors at Pimental coffer dam, Belo Monte Dam site, June 28, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
This is a translation of a press release from our partners at Movimento Xingu Vivo. Brazil: The controversy over authorization of the definitive damming of the Xingu River will be decided next week by Brazil's national indigenous agency FUNAI without the agreements being approved by the indigenous peoples.

Amidst Broken Promises, Indigenous Authorities Detain Belo Monte Dam Engineers

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Three engineers of the company building the Belo Monte Dam were detained Tuesday by Juruna and Arara tribal authorities after promised mitigation measures failed to materialize.

Laos Announces “Postponement” of Xayaburi Dam But Vows to Continue Construction and Resettlement Activities

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Bangkok, Thailand -- On Friday, Laos’ Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced that the Xayaburi Dam had been postponed, pending completion of further environmental studies. While initially promising news, today’s Vientiane Times confirms that the Lao government nevertheless intends to allow Ch. Karnchang, the dam’s builder, to continue scheduled activities at the dam site, including the resettlement of affected villages.

Amazonian Indigenous Leaders Call for Suspension of Construction License for Belo Monte Dam

Seventy Xikrin Kayapo leaders are in Altamira for the first in a 2-day series of talks between the indigenous communities of Brazil's Xingu River and the Belo Monte Dam consortium Norte Energia.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Altamira, Brazil - Indigenous leaders representing six tribes affected by the Belo Monte Dam complex along the Amazon’s Xingu River sent a letter today to President Dilma Rousseff and other government authorities calling for immediate suspension of the controversial project’s Installation License. The letter – signed by more than sixty indigenous leaders from 16 villages and endorsed by some of Brazil’s leading human rights and environmental groups – describes how dam construction has raced ahead, while legally-required measures to mitigate and compensate the project’s impacts ha


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