Destructive Development: Petition against the Belo Monte Mega Dam sign now

Destructive Development:
Petition against the Belo Monte Mega Dam

Securing Indigenous Rights in the Amazon

As part of the Government of Brazils national development scheme there are plans to build over 100 hydroelectric dams, many of which will be built in the Amazon region. The Belo Monte mega dam planned to be built across the Xingu River in the Amazon will constitute the third largest dam in the world. This will lead to deforestation, a change in fish migration, increased carbon emissions, pollution and displacement of thousands of indigenous people such as the Kayapу, Arara, Enawene Nawe, Juruna, Arawetй, Xikrin, Asurini and Parakanг Indians.

Indigenous Relationship to the land
For the indigenous people in the Amazonian region land is essential for survival, it provides sustenance and shelter and is a source of great spirituality. The Belo Monte Mega Dam will force thousands of indigenous people from their traditional cultural homes, destroying their way of life. Any development plans of the Government of Brazil must respect the human rights of indigenous people.

Adverse environmental effects of the dam
Whilst hydroelectric dams are hailed internationally as a sustainable and ecologically friendly source electricity, studies show the dams having an adverse environmental effect. According to a report by the organisation International Rivers reservoirs [from hydroelectric dams] emit greenhouse gases because of the rotting of organic matter the vegetation and soils flooded when the reservoir is created, the plants that grow in the reservoir, and the detritus that flows into the reservoir from upstream . In addition to this, a 2010 report by Survival International stated that the Tucurui dam built in the Brazilian state of Parб in 1975 now contributes a sixth of Brazils greenhouse emissions .

Furthermore, the development of the dam will adversely affect the migration pattern of fish. The diet of some indigenous groups, such as the Enawene Nawe, excludes meat and relies predominantly on fruit, vegetables and fish. The construction of the Belo Monte Dam will significantly affect the Enawene Nawes ability to feed themselves.

Violation Human Rights
Article 231(2) of the Brazilian Constitution states that The lands traditionally occupied by Indians are intended for their permanent possession and they shall have the exclusive usufruct of the riches of the soil, the rivers and the lakes existing therein, the necessary deforestation and flooding involved in this development project with force thousands of indigenous peoples from their land.

The American Convention on Human Rights identifies property, culture and physical wellbeing as fundamental human rights. The construction of the Belo Monte dam in traditionally occupied indigenous territories will prevent indigenous peoples ability to exercise these rights.

The Brazilian Government is a party to the ILO Convention 169 which states, under article 7 that:
1. The peoples concerned shall have the right to decide their own priorities for the process of development as it affects their lives, beliefs, institutions and spiritual well-being and the lands they occupy or otherwise use, and to exercise control, to the extent possible, over their own economic, social and cultural development. In addition, they shall participate in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of plans and programmes for national and regional development which may affect them directly.
2. The improvement of the conditions of life and work and levels of health and education of the peoples concerned, with their participation and co-operation, shall be a matter of priority in plans for the overall economic development of areas they inhabit. Special projects for development of the areas in question shall also be so designed as to promote such improvement.
3. Governments shall ensure that, whenever appropriate, studies are carried out, in co-operation with the peoples concerned, to assess the social, spiritual, cultural and environmental impact on them of planned development activities. The results of these studies shall be considered as fundamental criteria for the implementation of these activities.
4. Governments shall take measures, in co-operation with the peoples concerned, to protect and preserve the environment of the territories they inhabit.

Through ignoring the will of the indigenous communities the Brazilian Government is in violation of its commitments to ILO 169.

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Show your support for the rights of indigenous people in the Amazonian regions of Brazil and demand responsible development from the Brazilian government. Sign our petition against the construction of the Belo Monte Mega Dam.

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    This is such an inhumane thing to do. Stop the dam NOW!
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    This is pure genocide! Leave their lands in peace!
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Patricia WadeBy:
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