Jul 17th, 2012
From International Rivers:
The indigenous peoples of the Xingu River basin are still fighting for their survival, and need your help. Their right to free, prior, and informed consent around construction of the Belo Monte Dam has been systematically violated.
On Monday July 9, 60 indigenous leaders signed a letter to the Brazilian government calling for the suspension of the Belo Monte Dam’s construction license, and pointing out the many ways that the basic social and environmental requirements for the license have been callously disregarded.
The latest assault is the construction of the coffer dams – earthen roads cutting across the Xingu to divert the river’s flow. This week Brazil’s indigenous foundation FUNAI and environmental agency IBAMA will discuss whether or not to authorize the definitive diversion of the river. They’re under tremendous pressure from the corporations building the Belo Monte Dam to sign off on the completion of the coffer dams. We must counter-balance the corporate pressure with a national and international outcry!