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Project Report | May 31, 2017
Problems Continue to Plague Belo Monte

By Rodrigo Sales | AIDA Human Rights Attorney

View of Altamira. / M. Irigaray
View of Altamira. / M. Irigaray

More than a year after Belo Monte was inaugurated, problems continue to plague the Brazilian mega-dam.

In addition to being a central player in the massive Odebrecht corruption scandal, the dam project is, time and again, faulted for the complete lack of oversight and accountability with which it was instituted.

Last month, a Brazilian federal court suspended the dam’s operating license. Prosecutors said the operating company, Norte Energía, failed to complete basic sanitation work in the city of Altamira, which has been directly affected by the hydroelectric project.

The sanitation system is just one of a score of conditions that the dam was required to fulfill before filling its reservoir and beginning operations. The project has routinely ignored such conditions, and left those living in its shadow without adequate compensation and support.

The license’s suspension is an important step forward in the fight for justice for the many people and communities affected by Belo Monte.

It is the first time that a federal court has suspended one of Belo Monte's suspensão de segurança, a legal tool that was used to allow the dam's operation even though it hadn't completed the conditions required under its operating license.

In practice, the decision means that the dam must immediately halt all operations, although the completion of pending work may continue.

We are encouraged by the court’s decision and the real-life impacts it may have for people of Altamira, many of whose homes and neighborhoods have been plagued by flooded streets and sewage overflow.

As we continue our international fight for the rights of the people of the Xingu—our case remains pending before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—we hope the Brazilian justice system continues to guarantee the protection of the rights of all those affected by the Belo Monte Dam.

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