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3 Jul 2013

Compiled by Busiess & Human Rights Resource Centre

Company responses re impacts of planned InfraVest wind turbines in Yuanli, Taiwan

[R]esidents of Yuanli Township launched protests against a wind turbine construction project by InfraVest...Residents...are concerned about the density and close proximity of turbines to their homes; and scientific reports indicating there could be a correlation between increased health problems and depression and long-term exposure to the low-frequency noise generated. Residents also alleged that private security officers hired by the company used violence against protesters...Yuanli Self-Help Group issued a statement, detailing its demands for InfraVest to stop the project and calling on Standard Chartered to reconsider its investment in InfraVest. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre sought responses to the statement...and...news reports...[InfraVest & Standard Chartered responses included] In July 2013, Yuanli Self-Help Group issued a rejoinder to InfraVest’s response and a press release highlighting the environmental and human rights allegations against the company. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited InfraVest to respond to the two documents, but the company declined to respond.