LAUNCH EVENT OF THE SESSION OF THE PERMANENT PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL IN DEFENSE OF THE CERRADO TERRITORIES

10/09/2021, from 9 to 12 p.m. (Brasilia time)

Program: https://campanhacerrado.org.br/noticias/304-tpp-esta-chegando

Presentation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyHQAFQLKlA&t=32s

Link to follow the event in Portuguese: https://bit.ly/3DV74Gz

Link to register and receive instructions to follow the event in Spanish: https://forms.gle/8LEqswdhZaxfho6MA

The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado, which includes 50 movements and social organizations in Brazil, has asked the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (TPP) to hold a Session to judge the crime of Ecocide against the Cerrado and the threat of cultural genocide of the peoples of the Cerrado. The indictment, which will be presented at the launch event on 10 September 2021, from 9:00 to 12:00 Brasilia time, indicates that States and national bodies are responsible for these crimes, together with foreign States, international organizations and private agents, such as transnational corporations and investment funds.

In addition to the official launch on 10 September and the Festival dos Povos do Cerrado on 11 September, two thematic hearings will be held at the end of November 2021 and in the course of 2022. The session will end in November 2022.

During the Session, 15 cases will be presented to the PPT panel of the judges. They refer to the States of Bahía, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Piauí and Tocantins. The collection of evidence and documentation is the result of an extensive listening and analysis process that involved the leaders of the communities and organizations that are part of the Campaign.

The PPT panel of judges for this Session on the Cerrado is composed of: Antoni Pigrau Solé, professor of international law at the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona, Spain; the jurist and former Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of Brazil Deborah DupratMons. José Valdeci of the Diocese of Brejo, Brazil; the Brazilian journalist Eliane Brum; the Venezuelan sociologist Rosa Acevedo Marin, professor at the Federal University of Pará; the Uruguayan journalist and researcher of the ETC Group Silvia Ribeiro; the indigenous leader and executive coordinator of the APIB (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil) Sônia Guajajara, and the Portuguese Teresa Almeida Cravo, professor of international relations at the University of Coimbra. The French jurist Philippe Texier, current president of the PPT, is also part of the panel. The federal deputy and vice-president of the PPT Luiza Erundina will be present at the launch event.

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