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Suspension of Belo Monte Called For by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

18 April 2011

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), part of the Organization of American States (OAS), has officially requested the Brazilian Government to immediately suspend the Belo Monte Dam Complex in the Amazonian state of Pará, pending proper consultations with potentially affected indigenous peoples living in the Xingu river basin.

Belo Monte would negatively impact indigenous peoples and other traditional communities in the Xingu River basin, particularly those living along a 100km-stretch of the river known as the Volta Grande (Big Bend) that would be diverted into artificial reservoirs, depriving them of water and fish.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) confirmed that the Brazilian Government failed to uphold the rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior, informed, and culturally appropriate consultation regarding the project, as required by various international agreements.

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