Human Rights

Report Identifies Serious International Law Violations in the Se San River Basin

Thursday, December 1, 2005
For the better part of a decade, the story of the Cambodian communities along the Se San River in Ratanakiri has been one of development gone wrong. Since construction of Vietnam’s US$1 billion Yali Falls Dam the Se San River’s ecosystems have not been the same and the food security of those communities that depend on the river has vanished. This report by the Clinical Advocacy Project of Harvard’s Law School’s Human Rights Program, published by the NGO Forum on Cambodia, documents serious violations of international law caused by Vietnam’s construction of dams in

The Chixoy Dam Destroyed Our Lives

Monday, March 1, 2004
Chapter from Human Rights Dialogue: "Environmental Rights", Published by Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Describes the tragedy of the Maya-Achí people of Guatemala, victims of a World Bank-funded hydroelectric dam, and their efforts to reclaim their lives. Download document

Letter to the Asian Development Bank Concerning Nam Ngum Projects

Letter from IRN to the ADB concerning hydropower developments in the Nam Ngum basin, and ADB's response.

Represa Chixoy, Guatemala

Durante más de 20 años, las comunidades afectadas por la Represa Chixoy han exigido las indemnizaciones por los daños y perjuicios causados por el proyecto, construido durante la dictadura militar más represiva de Guatemala. La International Rivers y el Centro Legal para la Defensa Ambiental han colaborado para conseguir la representación pro–bono del bufete jurídico estadounidense de Holland y Knight a las Comunidades en esta mesa de negociaciones.

Security Agents Harass Lesotho Man Who Attended Dam–Affected Peoples Conference

Wednesday, March 8, 2000
Police Confiscate Documents Belonging to LHWP Critic  Maseru: Three agents of Lesothos National Security Service (NSS) have repeatedly harassed Mr. Benedict Leuta in recent months. Leuta is a resident of the Lesotho Highlands who lost land to the recently constructed Katse Dam. On their first visit to him on 19 November, the NSS seized documents from Leutas home in the village of Ha Nkokana (Thaba–Tseka District). Leuta had just returned from a meeting in Cape Town sponsored by several non–governmental organisations (NGOs) during which he presented a paper on the effects of Ka

Tribespeople Invited to "Comment" on Dam Feasibility Study

Friday, October 3, 1997
A massive feasibility study on the Epupa Dam, proposed for the Kunene River in northern Namibia, will be presented to the Namibian Cabinet on October 22. The study will be presented to the Himba people who will be affected by the project on October 27, followed by an open public hearing on October 29. A meeting to accept objections, comments and opinions on the study’s findings will be held November 15. The leader of the Himba to be resettled for the dam, Chief Hikuminue Kapika, recently said if the dam was built, "we will all gather there and they have to build the dam on top of us

Proposed Salween Dams Revive Development Nightmare for Karenni in Burma

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Karenni Development Research Group Threatened with plans by Burma’s generals to dam the Salween River and submerge vast tracts of their homelands, the Karenni are releasing a new report today which exposes the parallels between the devastating impacts of Burma’s first large scale hydropower project, built in their state, and those of the planned Salween dams. The report highlights the destructive mix of development and military rule in Burma. The report by the Karenni Development Research Group (KDRG), Dammed by Burma’s Generals, chronicles the impacts of the Lawpita hydropower pr

Hundreds Forced to Flee Homes as Merowe Dam Reservoir Waters Rise Without Warning

Thursday, August 10, 2006
Civil society demands an end to impoundment and resolution of resettlement issues as fears of violence increase LONDON: More than 100 families were suddenly forced to abandon their homes on August 7 because of rising flood waters after the authorities at the Merowe Dam in Sudan unexpectedly closed the dam’s gates and began filling its reservoir. No warning was given of the impending flooding. The families, all from the Amri people, have been left without food or shelter. Six other villages are threatened with imminent inundation. Villagers from around the area are trying to provide fo

Sudan Government Massacres Merowe Dam Affected People

Saturday, April 22, 2006
On April 22, 2006, the militia of the Merowe Dam authorities, armed with machine guns and heavy artillery, attacked the affected people of Amri village while they were gathering in the village school in the dam–affected area. The Amri communities have been vigorously resisting displacement in the past months. The attacking militia opened fire on people without warning when they were having breakfast in the school courtyard. Three people were immediately killed and more than fifty injured. Eyewitness say the dam militia attacked the school using 16 pick–up land cruisers equipped with


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