Brazilian families are still seeking justice
This past January 25th marked three years since the tragedy of the Brumadinho dam collapse in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Millions of cubic meters of toxic mining sludge were released, killing 272 people, burying entire communities, and poisoning the Paraopeba and São Francisco Rivers. It has also been six years since the Mariana dam disaster in the same region, which also devastated communities and the environment.
Today, communities continue to live with the devastating consequences of both tragedies, and instead of getting the support they need, they are being criminalized for demanding justice.
Together with our partner the Movement of People Affected by Dams, we are asking for your solidarity to bring long-overdue justice to those impacted by the Brumadinho and Mariana disasters and to help put a stop to ongoing corporate impunity and government complicity in these and other cases.
Please join us in demanding that Brazilian officials:
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Situation of those affected by Vale's crimes in Mariana (Rio Doce Basin) and Brumadinho (Paraopeba River Basin) MG and ES.
This past January 25th marked three years since the tragic Brumadinho dam break disaster in Minas Gerais, in which millions of cubic meters of toxic mining sludge were released, killing 272 people, burying entire communities, and poisoning the Paraopeba and São Francisco Rivers. It has also been six years since the nearby Mariana dam disaster, which also devastated communities and the environment.
In addition to suffering the immediate consequences of these disasters, the communities impacted by them continue suffering into the present. There are still families who have not buried their dead; thousands of families continue to face precarious conditions, without support to rebuild; the river water remains contaminated with tailings and cannot be used for daily activities to support and generate income. Many face illness from contamination, as well as facing psychological impacts, evidenced by an increase in cases of depression and suicide. The floods that occurred at the beginning of this year have intensified these already dire circumstances.
Meanwhile, the corporation responsible for both disasters, the Vale mining corporation, continues its deadly operations with impunity. Recently, Vale established an agreement with the State of Minas Gerais government without the participation of those affected. The criminal case against the Vale was transferred to the federal sphere, in what is feared to be yet another maneuver to keep the company unpunished. Furthermore, the judge who had been overseeing the case aimed to criminalize those affected, including through restricting their freedom of organization. It became a scenario of investigating the victims instead of investigating those responsible for the crimes or demanding measures to restore the lives of people and the environment. Impacted communities are living with threats, persecution, and an attempt to fragment their struggle for justice.
As concerned members of the international community, we stand in solidarity with all those impacted by the Brumadinho and Mariana disasters and call upon you to:
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