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6 Sep 2023


Dominican Republic: Report denouncing violations allegedly perpetrated by EGEPC is presented to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

"Dominican Republic: Punta Catalina coal plant violates children’s rights", 06 September 2023

...The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), and the Institute of Lawyers for Environmental Protection (INSAPROMA) have published a report denouncing repeated violations of children’s rights and the environment by the State of the Dominican Republic, which has failed to adopt measures to prevent and remedy the damage caused by the commissioning of the Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTPC by its spanish acronym).

The study warns about the alarming level of pollution that the CTPC has generated in just three years of operation, which could cause the premature death of 6000 people in the next 30 years, as well as the increase in diseases associated with the combustion of coal, which are lethal to children.

Every day, the plant expels 5,000 tons of toxic ash into the environment. This waste has created three artificial mountains, located near water sources and farmland in the community of Catalina, whose dimensions are comparable to five football stadiums and are estimated to amount to more than 600 thousand tons.

The situation is further worsened by storms that, passing through the region, transport the ashes, thus polluting water reserves and fertile lands. The report emphasises that the particles and polluting gases from the emissions of the plant also reach Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica.

In this regard, the report’s analysis emphasises the risks that exist in terms of access to drinking water, adequate nutrition, and the enjoyment of a safe environment, necessary for the survival, adequate growth, and development of children...

The report...has been presented to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)...

FIDH, INSAPROMA, and CNLCC conclude that the Dominican Republic has failed in its duty to respect and protect children’s rights...