By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – A federal appeals court has ordered construction to stop on the controversial Belo Monte dam, citing insufficient consultation with local indigenous communities. Brazil's Regional Federal Court ruled last Tuesday that the consultation process outlined in Brazil's constitution and U.N. Treaty 169 on indigenous rights was not properly followed.

They ordered work to stop on the Xingu River project until further consultations had taken place, with a fine of R$500,000 per day for non-compliance.

“Human rights and environmental protection cannot be subordinated to narrow business interests . . .

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