TRIBUNAL FLUVIAL

Amapà, Brazil

June 2006

This is the story of a two deck boat, 22 metres long and 40 people aboard, with a special mission: sailing through the bunch of islands in the mouth of the Amazon river, investigating and judging. It’s the story of a floating court. But not only that, as the barco (how the boat is called in Brazilian) brings doctors and medicines, educational programs and psychological support to the local (and isolated) communities.

Every two monthts the barco reaches the isolated communities of the mouth of the river bringing with itself a judge, a psychologist, two lawyers appointed by the court, three policemen and a bunch of chancellors and secretaries. Moreover boxes of paperwork, computers, printers, food provisions and baggages.

The project was born for the initiative of Sueli Pereira Pini who, as a judge, challenging the prejudices and inactivity of Amapá Law Courts wanted to: “Remedy to the isolation seclusion that affects the archipelago inhabitants”. The aim is to bring a “fast and effectual justice founded on the mediation of conflicts.”

During ten years of activity more than six thousands people benefited from the Justicia Fluvial Itinerante and many others have been the medical operations and the ones for water purification in local communities.

The judge of the boat Matias Pires Neto says: “To come here means, as a matter of facts, to distribute courage to the people, illustrate them their right to denounce abuse and the importance of the rejection of violence and abuse as daily rules. It means to offer social inclusion and self-respect that is the crucial point in all Brazil: from San Paolo favelas to Amazonia”.