The Superior Court of Justice (STJ) unanimously decided to keep the families living in the Osvaldo de Oliveira Sustainable Development Project (PDS), located in Macaé, in the north of Rio de Janeiro. The voting, which started by electronic system on the 2nd of June, was concluded last Wednesday (8) after the manifestation of 15 ministers.
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In a statement, the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) said that the victory in the STJ, which will still be confirmed in the vote on appeals by the court itself and the Superior Federal Court (STF), belongs to the group of organizations that make up the project and they fight for a popular agrarian reform with an agroecological model for a fairer society.
“Once again, landless workers conquer the right to remain, demonstrating that the Osvaldo de Oliveira sustainable development project is an exemplary settlement in its model of production of life, protection of the environment, producing healthy food for the whole of society.
The PDS Osvaldo de Oliveira has 63 families, occupies a territory of 1,600 hectares and is a reference in family and agro-ecological production in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
With three areas of collective production, farmers plant pumpkin, cassava, bananas, vegetables, sweet potatoes and beans and sell their production to fairs inside and outside the municipality of Macaé and schools that participate in the National Program for Support to School Feeding (PNAE ).
In October of last year, however, judge Marcelo Pereira da Silva, of the Federal Regional Court (TRF-2), accepted an appeal from the Union and re-established the validity of the decisions of the National Council for the Environment (Conama), which withdraw protection mangroves and restingas and allow the burning of toxic waste.
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The argument of the judge of the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region (TRF-2) asking for the repossession of the settlement organized by the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) was the “environmental preservation of the area”.
According to the magistrate, the “evidence that emerged during the course of the public civil action and the expert evidence produced in that expropriation action reinforced the conclusion about the mistaken option of the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra) and the evident deviation of the purpose of the expropriation”.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda