On 10 March 2014, Sophia Lakhdar, Director of Sherpa, will take part in an event on the theme of “indigenous peoples’ right to information on large dam projects in Brazil” at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. This side-event to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council is organised by France Libertés with the support of Amazon Watch.
To meet the growing energy demand -the key to its economic growth- Brazil has become the first country in Latin America carrying out the most hydroelectric dam projects.
As the Amazonian rivers account for 63% of the hydroelectric potential in Brazil, indigenous peoples in those areas are at a higher risk of violation of indigenous peoples’ rights.
Thus, before making any decision which could directly affect them, the prior consultation of indigenous peoples could help to prevent social conflicts from spreading and to defend their fundamental rights.
During this side-event, we will present the current case of the hydroelectric complex on the Tapajó River and we will remind the States that they are obliged to protect those communities’ rights in the event of large-scale projects carried out by, or together with multinational companies.
Sônia Guajajara, President of the National Articulation of the Indigenous People of Brazil (APIB) will display the current threats looming over the rights of indigenous people in Brazil, particularly in the Tapajós River basin.
Alexandre Sampaio, representative of the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), will address the issue of the “security suspension”, a legal action used by the Brazilian legal system, to allow the construction of large-scale projects in the Amazon, at the expense of indigenous peoples’ rights.
Sophia Lakhdar, Director of Sherpa, will deal with the States’ responsibilities regarding large-scale projects carried out by companies.
Emmanuel Poilâne, Director of France Libertés – Foundation Danielle Mitterrand, moderator
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