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Brazil: Select plastic laws

Sao Paulo

 

The Municipality of Sao Paulo passed a law (Lei Municipal 15.374/2011) prohibiting the distribution (for free or for sale) of plastic bags to customers for the purposes of packaging or transporting merchandise acquired in commercial establishments in the city, and encouraging the use of reusable bags. 

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Sentence T-614/19 (Cerrejón)

Sentencia T-614 de 2019, Sala Novena de Revisión de la Corte Constitucional, 16 December 2019, available in Spanish at https://www.corteconstitucional.gov.co/relatoria/2019/T-614-19.htm

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Sentencia SU698-17 (caso del desvío del Arroyo Bruno)

Sentencia SU698-17, Sala Plena de la Corte Constitucional, 28 de noviembre de 2017, Expediente T-5.443.609, Magistrado Sustanciador: Luis Guillermo Guerrero Pérez: http://www.corteconstitucional.gov.co/relatoria/2017/SU698-17.htm

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Sentence SU698/17 (Arroyo Bruno case), Constitutional Court of Colombia

Representatives of Wayuu indigenous communities presented constitutional claims against government authorities and a mining company (Cerrejón) for threatening their fundamental rights to water, food, and health by diverting a 3-kilometer section of a stream (Arroyo Bruno) in order to expand coal-mining operations in an arid region of the Department of La Guajira in Colombia.  The Court suspended activities related to the stream-diversion project until the several orders are complied with by a judicially created Inter-Institutional Workgroup, explaining that, although the initial coal-mining

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