Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Communities meet with DPU Working Group to address removals promoted by Guaíba Bridge work

March 11th, 2016

This week, March 09, the Union Public Defender's Working Group, formed to accompany those affected by the work on the new Guaíba Bridge, met on Ilha Grande dos Marinheiros. They were accompanied by the Justice, Access- Citizenship and Human Rights Forum, Association of Brazilian Geographers, Center for Economic and Social Rights-CDES, National Network of Lawyers and Popular Lawyers-RENAP and the UFRGS University Legal Advisory Service-SAJU.RODRIGATIONThere may be a lack of widespread information about the work and the fate of the families to be removed. A first issue raised is that there are several people out of the register. Another issue is that families have their homes already marked by DNIT to be removed, they are seeing the bridge work progress, and nothing walking relative to their destination.

A blatant violation is the uniform treatment that appears to be given to these families. Some relate to fishing, have backyards, orchards and orchards and animals, others with goods intended for work with recycling, but the little information they received is that none of this will be taken into account in the removal.

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In addition, residents received much misleading information, including that they could not make necessary improvements after storms hit the site.

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The Ombudsman and civil society organizations have listened carefully to the report and will see the measures that must be taken so that the work does not unnecessarily or unfairly impact these families. The Justice Forum is participating in this articulation, with a view to contributing to this dialogue and measures aimed at effective and wide access to justice.