Brazil’s foreign ministry has responded to a request from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to halt work on its massive hydro dam. They have stated that this request is unjustified despite the fact that there are fears the dam would displace some 20,000 people and damage wildlife.
It has long been a source of controversy, with bidding halted three times before the state-owned Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco was awarded the contract last year.
The singer Sting and film director James Cameron have joined environmentalists in their campaign against the project.
They say the 6km (3.7 miles) dam will threaten the survival of a number of indigenous groups and could make some 50,000 people homeless, as 500 sq km (190 sq miles) of land would be flooded.
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