Title: The situation of indigenous peoples in Brazil - a general exploration and assessment within the context of Belo Monte

Authors: Sharin Kleeberg

Addresses: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Universitätspl. 3, 8010 Graz, Austria

Abstract: The paper aims at offering an understanding about the political and juridical situation for indigenous peoples in Brazil. Further, the paper examines how the government assumed their responsibilities to be anchored in national and international law with respect to the conflict over the construction of the hydroelectric dam construction Belo Monte in the Xingu River Basin. This article highlights the importance of sticking together as a global community to empower indigenous nations all over the world - otherwise governments and elites will continue to violate indigenous human rights, and contribute to environmental destruction through unsustainable mega projects which are threatening wildlife, nature and humans. The situation between indigenous and non-indigenous actors in Brazil is in need of change and transformation in order to create a peaceful coexistence and the survival of indigenous culture.

Keywords: global studies; rethinking indigenous empowerment; indigenous empowerment; Brazil; indigenous peoples; Belo Monte; indigenous juridical protection system; indigenous resistance; Xingu River Basin; UNDRIP; ILO 169; environmental conflict.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2021.117544

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2021 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.64 - 75

Accepted: 04 May 2020
Published online: 09 Sep 2021 *

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