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Belo Monte Dam Moves Forward

By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's Foreign Ministry rejected a request from the Organization of American States (OAS) to halt work on its massive hydro-electric Belo Monte dam in the Amazon rainforest. Itamaraty Palace (Palácio do Itamaraty) - the head office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil, called the request “premature and unjustified.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS said the construction of the Belo Monte dam should be suspended until the concerns of indigenous people in the area were addressed.

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam development . . .

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