On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the dam collapse in Brumadinho, we want to commemorate all those who have been affected by this tragedy. At a time when there are negotiations at both the European and international levels to oblige companies to respect human rights and the environment – as well as to increase access to justice for victims of corporate abuses – this tragic event serves as a warning about the damage that can be caused by a system that puts corporate profits above people and planet. Furthermore, it demonstrates the need to integrate the demands and concerns of communities negatively affected by corporate activities into the existing legislative process to enact a European due diligence law.
The Brumadinho dam collapse represents a systematic failure in the coordination between the mine operator chain, state supervision and privatized control by certifying companies to guarantee safety and environmental standards. The case highlights the need for legislators to oblige companies to identify and address such risks. We wonder, could this crime have been prevented if a German or EU supply chain law had been in place earlier? What can be done to ensure that such a new EU law contains no loopholes and does everything possible to prevent such crimes from happening?
These and other questions regarding the situation of the affected people and communities, as well as the difficulties people face who fight against impunity, will be discussed by:
Moderation: Madalena Ramos Görne (MISEREOR)
You can access the event via Zoom.
The discussion will be in English and Portuguese.