A recent judicial order in Brazil to halt the construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam, writes Fabiana Frayssinet of Inter Press Service, shows how courts in that country “are prepared to uphold the right of indigenous people to be consulted on projects that affect them and their territories.”

In August, a court ruled that the dam’s construction failed to respect the South American nation’s constitution or the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169 Concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.

Both state that the national Congress “must address traditional peoples” worries before starting construction, one of the judges said.

The 1200 MW Belo Monte will be the third largest hydroelectric dams in the world in terms of its size and output capacity.

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