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"In defense of the environment, the precaution is the mainspring", says Justice Luiz Fux after hearing with Xikrin Indians

The Deputy Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Justice Luiz Fux, during the presidency, stressed on Tuesday the importance of prevention in relation to the environment. "It is important to prevent this human tragedy, with the death of people, because life is definitely priceless," he said, referring to the rupture of the dam in Brumadinho (MG).

Fux said he did not have detailed legal information on the case, but stressed that it is necessary to verify if there was no omission in the duty of precaution of damage to the environment by the mining company. "In the defense of the environment, the precaution is the mainspring," he said. The Justice also stressed that "the binomial that prevails in environmental law is: sustainable development and precaution in relation to risks".

Xikrin Indians

The statements were made after the hearing of the Chief Justice-in-office of the Supreme Court with members of indigenous Xikrin lands in Pará. The group's lawyers petitioned two lawsuits filed in the Federal Supreme Court

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