Vale’s failed promises on mining in indigenous lands

Vale recently promised a complete halt on mining adjacent to indigenous lands. However, the company has not kept its word

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Members of the Xikrin indigenous group. Photo: Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress

On Friday, Brazil’s Federal Police indicted 19 people and two companies on 270 counts of murder for the Brumadinho dam failure in January 2019. The dam at the Córrego Feijão mine had been cleared for operations despite severe structural flaws, resulting in a complete collapse that killed 273 people, left another eight missing, and spilled waves of toxic sludge into the surrounding region.

As well as murder, marshals are also investigating a variety of environmental crimes, such as polluting and harming lands and marine life, damaging water resources, conservation units, and archeological sites — as well as one count...

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