Nicaragua: Social, environmental concerns associated with Chinese firm HKND Group's major canal project
The Interoceanic Canal, concessioned to the Chinese Company HKND Group [Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development] is a $50 billion project. The canal, which will be approximately 278km long and would reportedly pass through 282 communities' lands, has led to concerns by indigenous communities, environmentalists, and other parts of Nicaraguan society. These groups are concerned about potential environmental impacts, displacement, lack of transparency and other human rights abuses. Protesters have reportedly faced harassment and repression.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited HKND Group to respond to these concerns. Response provided below.