Federal Prosecutors Seek Damages against Brazilian Company in Pará

Posted on January 31, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Business, Latin America Indigenous Issues

On January 31, 2013, Diário do Pará reported that federal prosecutors are asking federal courts to take legal action against a Brazilian company for a breach of contract with local indigenous leaders.  The area in question is located in Belo Monte, about 850 kilometers from Belém, the capital of Pará.  Norte Energia S.A. is accused of not fulfilling its obligations to grant protective areas to local indigenous tribes while creating sources of income for the tribes, as part of an agreement that the tribes made to allow the company to use the land to build a plant.  Prosecutors seek to fine the company R$2 million for every day the contract was breached.  Read Article

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