Last week, six major manufacturing companies in Pará filed a petition with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) so that they can participate in discussions on the construction of the Ferrogran railway, provided that Amicus Curiato restart the project.
figure amicus curia, or friend of the court, refers to a person or institution that participates in procedural requirements by providing information and arguments on the matter at hand, as a way of providing subsidies to the judiciary.
The petition was signed by the Para Federation of Industries (FIEPA), the Para Commercial Association (ACP), the Para Federation of Commerce and Business Associations (Faciapa), the Para Agricultural and Livestock Federation (Faepa), the Para Industrial Construction Union (Sinduscon) and the Center Steam Industry (CIP).
The railroad project that connects Sinop/MT to Itaituba, Pennsylvania has been paralyzed since March last year by a preliminary decision by Minister Alexandre de Moraes, who accepted the Direct Action Against Unconstitutionality (ADI) proposed by PSOL in line with the claim that the project presents environmental risks for the region.
The route of the railway passes through the Jamansim National Park, crosses the Xingu and Tapajos river basins and, according to the Socio-Ecological Institute (ISA), will affect at least 19 indigenous peoples who have not been consulted.