Sulu Indians straight out of village to attend Labour Court lecture on virtual worlds

Author: Furtado, Munich

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 (6th March), directed by Paiter Suruí Indian village. On this occasion, Carlos Antônio Chagas Júnior, a Labour judge and 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 present the structure to introduce the VT in Metaverse. To Indigenous Peoples and disseminate the resources available in Vara do Trabalho Virtual.

Photo: Ji-Paraná First VT

From an Aboriginal tribe, you can visit labor courts, learn about concepts such as fighting child labor, and talk about access to justice, inclusive justice for all. From a location in the heart of the Amazon it is possible to enter the metaverse and discover different places such as the 1st VT in Ji-Paraná.This action demonstrates the range of possibilities and resources available to provide greater access to labor justice services”, explains Carlos Antonio 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 dealt with, emphasizing 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 emphasized.

Ministry of Public Labour (MPT) prosecutor Jéssica Alves Resende Freitas also attended the meeting, reporting: “At the judge’s invitation, we can see up close that digital inclusion is possible if our eyes turn to each other.From the Suri Aboriginal 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.

Jessica Resend added: “There are still many barriers that need to be broken, knowing that Internet access is not possible in all communities (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous), but events like this should prompt us to keep improving. Bringing labour courts into villages, arguably, can also do the opposite of intellectual empathy and solidarity: bringing the realities of indigenous communities to Brazil and around the world.“.

Pedro DiNardo, the lawyer involved in the lawsuit, stressed that “We are entering a new era where 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 people.“,He says.

For the Gasodá Suruí Indigenous Peoples, a visit to Ji-Paraná First Labour Court in a virtual world demonstrates how easy it is to enter the space without leaving the community. “Technology has given us the advantage of solving problems, holding meetings and visiting without having to travel long distances. We live in isolation, we are far from means of communication, and technology provides us with access that was previously unavailable,” he declared.

Rondônia’s first labor court and the country’s second labor court are accessible through the AltspaceVR platform, available for free on the Microsoft App Store. Visit the tutorial for more details.

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