Extrativism in the Global Market and Human Rights: The Tragedy of the Mudslide un Mariana (2015)

Myriam Bahia Lopes, Bruno de Oliveira Biazatti

Abstract


In the afternoon of November 5, 2015, the Fundão Dam, located in the city of Mariana, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, collapsed and released a massive wave of toxic mud over the District of Bento Rodrigues. The mud had spread itself all over the River Doce Basin and reached the Atlantic Ocean two weeks later. The magnitude of the social, economic and environmental impacts of this tragedy are still under evaluation by the authorities. The present paper aims to question the viability of preserving the current conditions of the mineral related global market, taking the tragedy in Mariana as illustration of its harmful continuity. It will describe this terrible disaster and present some remarks about its implications to the protection of human rights.

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Mariana Disaster; human rights; mining

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