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The Belo Monte Case: Challenges and Opportunities for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment in the Inter-American Human Rights System

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 12:30PM - 02:00PM
Description: The implementation of development projects has caused impacts on the enjoyment of human rights, particularly of persons and groups in situations of vulnerability. States argue that such projects are essential for development and that they are taking the necessary measures to protect the rights of those affected. The Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian Amazon has generated major debate in the Inter-American System since 2011, when the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted precautionary measures in favor of the indigenous communities of the Xingu River Basin, whose rights would be affected by the construction of the dam. The Commission ordered the state to suspend the implementation of the project until measures to protect the lives and physical integrity of those affected were taken. Brazil strongly questioned the decision and since, an intense debate about the theme and the role of human rights institutions in reacting to such matters has continued. This panel discusses the Belo Monte case, addressing the role, the challenges and opportunities involved for the Inter-American System in these situations, and also the possible alternatives for the effective protection of human rights and the environment in the hemisphere.
URL: https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/summer/2014/20140610.cfm
Location: Room 603
Contact Name: SECLE
Contact Phone: 202.274.4075
Contact Email: secle@wcl.american.edu
Posted On: 05/06/14

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