Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 22:34 UTC

Brazil furious with Human Rights Commission decision cuts all relations

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff decided to cut all relations with the Inter American Human Rights Court following on the CIDH decision to request that the construction of a huge dam in the Amazon be suspended, following an appeal from indigenous groups.

The Belo Monte dam once finished will be world’s third largest. Xingu River.

Government sources quoted by Folha de Sao Paulo report that Rousseff ordered the Brazilian ambassador before the Organization of American States, Ruy Casaes to remain in Brasilia in a clear signal of protest to the CIDH.

At the beginning of April the CIDH voted an interim measure to suspend the construction of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric plant in the Amazon basin on an appeal through NGO acting in the name of local tribes contrary to the words and flooding.

Belo Monte once finished will be the world’s third largest operational dam in the world, behind China’s Three Gorges and Brazil/Paraguay’s Itaipú.

According to Folha de Sao Paulo President Rousseff is ‘disappointed and irritated’ with the CIDH interim measure and decided to suspend its annual contribution to the human rights body, approximately 800.000 US dollars.

It also decided to suspend Brazil’s 2012 participation in the Americas highest human rights court by desisting to present the candidacy of Paulo Vanucchi former Human Rights minister from the Lula da Silva administration, as member of CIDH.

Folha further adds that President Rousseff is mistrustful of CIDH following on claims from NGO about alleged human rights abuses against poor peoples’ shelters that are being forcibly displaced to make room for public works in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics to be hosted by the city of Rio do Janeiro.

Rhe CIDH interim measure to suspend the construction of Belo Monte was rejected by Brazilian Foreign Affairs which described the decision as “unjustifiable” adding that the massive construction complies with Brazilian regulations and in accordance with an ongoing dialogue with the indigenous peoples of the Xingu River.

This is not the first impediment the controversial Belo Monte project has come across.

Last February Brazilian Federal Judge Desterro blocked construction arguing the environmental agency, Ibama, had approved the project without ensuring that 29 environmental conditions had been met.

In particular, he said concerns that the dam would disrupt the flow of the Xingu river, one of the Amazon's main tributaries - had not been met.

The Brazilian government says the 11.000 MW Belo Monte dam is crucial for development and will create jobs, as well as provide electricity to 23 million homes.

Celebrities such as singer Sting and film director James Cameron have joined environmentalists in their campaign against the project.

They say the 6km dam will threaten the survival of a number of indigenous groups and could make some 50,000 people homeless, as 500 sq km of land would be flooded.

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1 G. Serdyuk (#) May 01st, 2011 - 12:50 am Report abuse
I'm really aware about this shame, Brazilian Gov is a great lier, Belo Monte Dam will not produce 11.000 MW but just 5.000MW due the rain cycles of the forest... it's writen in Brazilian Gov website... as well it will not supply any Brazilian home but Alcoa and other huge corporations that supported Dilma Russef's campaign. In fact Brazil don't need energy, Itaipu is running at just 2/3 of it's capacity and Angra's nuclear reactors sends energy to the trash... THIS IS REALLY A BIG FRAUD AND THEY ARE PLANING TO BUILD MORE 71 BIG DAMS IN THE AMAZON... Give up about humans rights? What the hell that nazi president have in mind? Kill Indians and destroy the rainforest... THE AMAZON IS THE LUNG OF THE PLANET THEY ARE GOING TO KILL ALL THE POPULATION OF THE PLANET WITH THIS ABSURD... PLEASE, TRUST ME, I KNOW WHAT I MEAN...
2 Forgetit87 (#) May 01st, 2011 - 12:52 am Report abuse
More NGO propaganda.
3 Fido Dido (#) May 01st, 2011 - 01:39 am Report abuse
Good job Brazil, more and more nations should get rid of that fascist anti development bogus human rights organization. Get rid of all NGO's.
4 WestisBest (#) May 01st, 2011 - 09:30 am Report abuse
@2 & 3

You two wouldn't be so blasé if it were your homes and livelihood under threat. Why not try thinking about other people for once.
5 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) May 01st, 2011 - 09:43 am Report abuse
NGO propaganda? The whole point of being an NGO is that you unaffiliated with any govt and are thus Impartial....There is nothing “Propaganda” about saying it is illegal to displace indigenous tribes.

By the way the Dildo, I thought you were against govts violating peoples human rights because you watch Alex the loser Jones :).....Interesting how do you marry those these two apparent contradictions in your thought processes....LOSER!
6 Forgetit87 (#) May 01st, 2011 - 11:28 am Report abuse
“The whole point of being an NGO is that you unaffiliated with any govt and are thus Impartial”

That must have been the most naive thing I've read in my whole life.
7 Forgetit86 (#) May 01st, 2011 - 02:07 pm Report abuse
1 - So Brazil doesn't need energy. Obviously, it is only building the dam because the government likes to be internationally condemned and wasting money for nothing. You my friend are both dumb and brainwashed.

4 - I'm thinking about people. I'm thinking about the country's development needs, which, if met, will benefit people and create jobs.

5 - NGOs are impartial, how hilarious is that! You too are dumb.
8 Fido Dido (#) May 01st, 2011 - 04:31 pm Report abuse
Ewwww, an ugly scot that barely speaks and types English is obsessed with a Dildo. Rhauri faggot, you got screwed again by your German queen? Poor peasent.

And yes, I'm against governments that violate human rights. Building a dam for energy need for millions of people isn't a violation against life at all. Number 4 and 5 are brain dead left wing liberals..aka, typical hypocrites who can't stand the development of other nations.
9 stick up your junta (#) May 01st, 2011 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
you got screwed again by your German queen? Poor peasent.

I dont recall any of our royals being in the Hitler Youth, do you Dutchy

Prince Claus, the German-born husband of Queen Beatrix who employed wit, charm and patience to overcome Dutch hostility and win the affection of his adopted nation, died Sunday 6 october 2002. He was 76.

Claus had been in and out of intensive care for several months with respiratory and heart problems. Doctors at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam said he died of Parkinson's disease and pneumonia, according to a government statement.

Claus' marriage to Beatrix was initially resisted by the Dutch public, with many residents upset about his service with the Nazi army in World War II and membership in the Hitler Youth.
But his eventual acceptance was reflected on her death, when the country's television and radio stations interrupted regular programming to air special newscasts and documentaries on Claus' life. The government declared a period of mourning and instructed public buildings to fly flags at half-mast until his burial.
10 GeoffWard (#) May 01st, 2011 - 07:13 pm Report abuse
The Brasilian Government has been pushed into the spotlight of due process on the Bel Monte scheme for years now.

Dilma Rousseff knows that this energy will be essential to shore-up present domestic energy needs (Black outs are a national hazard), and to afford the country its industrial energy on which national development depends.

The future of the country is not tourism to the 'Feathered' Tupi Tribes, but rapid industrialisation.

I have weighed the balance of large hydroelectric schemes and local ecology/social anthropology.
I come down strongly in favour of the Scheme.
11 Fido Dido (#) May 02nd, 2011 - 01:07 am Report abuse
sticky dicky, moron, such a long freaking boring story. The royal dutch family is from German descent (like most dutch, include me). Anyway, nobody gives a shit, except for a bunch of clowns who follow their masters like zombies (you).
12 stick up your junta (#) May 02nd, 2011 - 09:40 am Report abuse
German descent (like most dutch, include me).

Yes I know,still didnt stop your relatives making you eat bulbs
13 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) May 02nd, 2011 - 12:05 pm Report abuse
Oh dear Fildo the Dildo have I pulled a nerve? :) you seem pretty angry and resentful against homosexuals, night out wrong did it dildo :)

German? what on earth are you talking about you clod hopping Dutch fruit loop, She was born in this country and speaks English, hardly German Dildo XD

“Building a dam for energy need for millions of people isn't a violation against life at all”
-So just because from kid wants to play on their Xbox, we should flood 500km2 and displace thousands of indigenous most who have lived there far longer than the country of Brazil has been around? You know there are far better ways to get more electricity to the masses, reinvesting in the ancient electrical infrastructure for starters numbnutts :)

“Number 4 and 5 are brain dead left wing liberals”

And number 3, 8, and 11 is a brain dead right wing conspiracy theorist who watches the Alex Jones show from the safety of his mummies house with tin foil on his head living in fear of plastic bottles because he believes they will turn him gay because Alex Jones says so, so it must be true.....

Tell me Dildo what are you smoking it seems pretty powerful stuff :)
14 WestisBest (#) May 02nd, 2011 - 12:54 pm Report abuse
“And yes, I'm against governments that violate human rights. Building a dam for energy need for millions of people isn't a violation against life at all”

So when does violation of human rights become wrong on your rather indeterminate scale? just because there's a tangible benefit doesn't make it OK to ignore the cost to a minority. Mind you it must be hard for you to reconcile morality with the fascist within.....

”The royal dutch family is from German descent (like most dutch, include me)”

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