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Belo Monte Dam Operations Delayed by Brazil Court Ruling on Indigenous People

Belo Monte Dam Operations Delayed by Brazil Court Ruling on Indigenous People

World’s fourth largest hydropower plant’s license was suspended weeks before testing turbines because operators failed to compensate local communities

January 15, 2016The Guardian

"This case sets an important precedent for the defence of indigenous rights in the Amazon at a time when the government is set to repeat the Belo Monte disaster by building dozens of dams on the Tapajós River."

Jiyukam Presente! Homage to a Peaceful Warrior

Jiyukam Presente! Homage to a Peaceful Warrior

January 14, 2016

A wave of sadness has surged forth from the Amazon rainforest, washing over many who have supported indigenous rights in Peru. Yesterday we learned that the long-time Achuar leader Jiyukam Lucas Irar Miik had drown in the Pastaza River, as he returned to his home community of Puerto Rubina. As reported by his son, his boat hit a log and capsized as it traveled up-river deep in the night. Lucas was last seen sleeping on the journey.

In Brazil, 2016 Announces New Conflicts and Challenges for the Amazon

In Brazil, 2016 Announces New Conflicts and Challenges for the Amazon

January 7, 2016

2015 could only be defined as a bad year for Brazil. Economic meltdown, political crisis, social adversity, and environmental destruction defined the last twelve months. Yet rather than striking out in new directions as 2015 drew to a close, the Brazilian government was doubled down on its failing socio-economic model, ushering in a new wave of conflict and calamity in the Amazon.

IACHR Opens Case Against Brazil for Human Rights Violations Related to Belo Monte Dam

IACHR Opens Case Against Brazil for Human Rights Violations Related to Belo Monte Dam

Four years after civil society organizations filed their original petition, the Commission opens the case, asking the Brazilian government to respond to allegations of human rights violations stemming from the hydroelectric project under construction in the Brazilian Amazon.

January 7, 2016

Washington, DC – As the first reservoirs of the Belo Monte Dam are being filled, the Brazilian government is coming under fire from international organizations. On December 21, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opened a case against Brazil, which was challenged by affected communities represented by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), Justiça Global and the Sociedade Paraense de Defesa de Direitos Humanos (SDDH).

Hydropower Dams Threaten One-Third of the World’s Freshwater Fish

Hydropower Dams Threaten One-Third of the World’s Freshwater Fish

Projects' true costs are being inadequately assessed, say scientists

January 7, 2016Earth Island Journal

Brazil's massive Belo Monte dam, which is due to be completed this year, "may set a record for biodiversity loss" owing to its siting at a location with an exceptional number of endemic species.

In 2016, Chevron Faces Potential "Litigation Catastrophe" Over Ecuador Pollution Liability

January 4, 2016

New York, NY – In 2016, Chevron faces a potential litigation catastrophe over its $10 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" pollution liability as rainforest villagers step up efforts to force company assets into receivership to pay for a court-ordered clean-up of what experts consider to be one of the worst oil-related environmental disasters in history.

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