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The activities of the First Labour Court of Ji-Paraná (RO) show that access to justice is possible even in the most remote communities in the Amazon
In an effort to make Labour Courts increasingly accessible to people living in remote areas, the Regional Labour Courts of the 14th Region (RO/AC) launched an unprecedented campaign on Monday (6 March), directed by Paiter Suruí Indian Village. On this occasion, Labour judge Carlos Antônio Chagas Júnior, head of the First Labour Court of the State of Gibarana (RO), and a team of staff travelled to the city of Cacoal (RO), about 110 km away, to demonstrate the structure to introduce the VT in Metaverse. To Indigenous Peoples and disseminate the resources available in Vara do Trabalho Virtual.
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“From an indigenous tribe, you can visit labor courts, learn about concepts such as fighting child labor, talk about access to justice, inclusive justice for all. From a location in the heart of the Amazon one can enter the metaverse and discover different Places such as 1st VT in Ji-Paraná. This action shows the range of possibilities and resources that can be used to provide greater access to labour justice services”, explains Carlos Antônio Chagas.
The magistrate reported that Aboriginal people were impressed with the environment created and were considering replicating the idea, bringing Aboriginal villages to the virtual world. During the event, there will also be a lecture on combating child labor and more talk about the virtual world. “We show how the system can be accessed and used, and highlight that it is an accessible technology that can be implemented in indigenous villages, reducing distances and barriers to accessing basic services, such as access to justice,” he stressed.
Ministry of Public Labour (MPT) Prosecutor Jéssica Alves Resende Freitas, who also attended the event, reported: “At the invitation of the judge, if we turn our eyes to another. From the Suri indigenous community into the virtual world of the First Labour Court , it can be concluded that one should always defend investments in expanding social dialogue, primarily promoting access to technology for all, without exception,” he stressed.
Jéssica Resende added: “There are still many barriers to be broken, knowing that internet access is not a reality for all communities, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, but events like this should prompt us to keep improving. Bringing the Labour Court into Villages, so to speak, seek knowledge for empathy and solidarity that can also do the opposite: bringing the realities of indigenous communities to Brazil and around the world”.
Pedro Dinardo, a lawyer who was also involved in the operation, stressed that “we are entering a new era in which technology is increasingly present in people’s lives”. “As a lawyer, it’s important to talk about ease of access to justice, not just for lawyers, but for the public,” he said.
For the Gasodá Suruí Indigenous Peoples, a visit to Ji-Paraná No. 1 Labour Court in a virtual world demonstrates how easy it is to enter the space without leaving the community. “Technology has brought us the advantage of solving problems, holding meetings and visiting without having to travel long distances. We live in isolation, we are far from the means of communication, and technology offers us opportunities that we had not had access to before,” he declared.
Rondônia’s first labor court and the country’s second labor court are accessible through the AltspaceVR platform, which is available for free on the Microsoft App Store. Visit the tutorial for more details.
Secom/TRT14 (Furtado, Munich) | Photo: Ji-Paraná 1st VT