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China: NGOs decry human rights crisis at Three Gorges project

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3 April 2003

NGOs Decry Human Rights Crisis at Three Gorges Project as Reservoir Starts Filling

Author: International Rivers Network and Friends of the Earth International

The reservoir of the controversial Three Gorges Dam in China’s Yangtze Valley will start filling on April 10, aggravating already serious human rights problems in the resettlement areas. A new report documents that the resettlement problems of this publicly funded dam have not been resolved, and that project construction is linked to systematic human rights violations.

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31 March 2003

Human Rights Abuses in China and the Responsibility of Western Governments: The Case of the Three Gorges Project

Author: statement delivered to U.N. Commission on Human Rights by Peter Bosshard, Policy Director of International Rivers Network

People affected by the Three Gorges Project must be resettled, compensated and rehabilitated in line with acknowledged international resettlement and human rights standards...The people who have been imprisoned for protesting peacefully against the problems of the project in the past should be released...As long as the problems of resettlement have not been resolved in line with international standards, the submergence of the reservoir area should be suspended...Export Credit Agencies should carry out human rights and social impact assessments before taking decisions on credits and guarantees...The World Commission on Dams (WCD) has proposed a framework that integrates human rights into the planning and decision-making processes of water and energy projects.

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20 January 2003

Eyewitness Report Documents Serious Human Rights Abuses in Three Gorges Project

Author: International Rivers Network

International Rivers Network released today an eyewitness report on the resettlement and human rights problems of the Three Gorges Dam in China. More than 640,000 people have been evicted to make way for the giant dam...Resettlers have not been compensated according to international standards. The resettlement process is fraught with corruption and human rights abuses. Protests are widespread, and the police has used excessive force to quell these protests.

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1 January 2003

[PDF] full report: Human Rights Dammed Off at Three Gorges - An investigation of resettlement and human rights problems in the Three Gorges Dam project

Author: International Rivers Network

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