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Colombia: Report alleges abuses by security forces employed by Swedish & Latin American companies building Hidroituango dam

Movimiento Ríos Vivos Colombia

A report launched in November 2015 by a group of Swedish Civil Society Organizations portraits the main human rights risks associated with a consortium of Atlas Copco & Scania (Sweden), Camargo Correa (Brazil), Coninsa-Ramón H, Conconcreto and EPM (Colombia).  Scania responded to the authors of the report. Its response is available onlyin Swedish.  Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited all Latin American companies to respond. The responses are provided by Camargo Correa, Conconcreto and EPM. Coninsa-Ramón H did not respond, we will inform later if the company responds. To read this story in Spanish, click here.

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Article
19 January 2016

Summary

Author: The Church of Sweden, Diakonia and Solidarity Sweden-Latin America

…Swedwatch’s 2014 report ‘Derechos Ahogados, Responsabilidades Diluidas’ (Drowned Rights, Floating Responsibilities) is now available in Spanish. The report reveals a number of serious human rights risks associated with the construction of the Hidroituango hydroelectric power plant in Colombia. Swedish companies Atlas Copco and Scania are involved in supplying equipment and staff to the project. The advance assessments by the Swedish companies of the human rights risks associated with the Hidroituango project were very limited. The Spanish version of the Swedwatch report is being published with an update showing that the Swedish companies have taken significant steps to increase their awareness of the risks in Colombia and to develop new tools for evaluating customers. However, the Hidroituango project continues to present major challenges…

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Article
19 January 2016

“Sharper focus on human rights needed”

Author: Swedwatch, The Church of Sweden, Diakonia and Solidarity Sweden-Latin America

Sharper focus on human rights needed

[Rapport 2015.11.30]

- See more at: http://www.swedwatch.org/en/reports/sharper-focus-human-rights-needed#st...

Sharper focus on human rights needed

[Rapport 2015.11.30]

- See more at: http://www.swedwatch.org/en/reports/sharper-focus-human-rights-needed#st...

“Sharper focus on human rights needed”, Swedwatch, The Church of Sweden, Diakonia and Solidarity Sweden-Latin America, 30 November 2015

…Swedwatch’s report ‘Derechos Ahogados, Responsabilidades Diluidas’ (Drowned Rights, Floating Responsibilities) is now available in Spanish. The report, originally written in 2014, reveals a number of serious human rights risks associated with the construction of the Hidroituango hydroelectric power plant in Colombia. Swedish companies Atlas Copco and Scania are involved in supplying equipment and staff to the project. The Spanish version of the Swedwatch report is being published with an update (Anexo 1 - Información actualizada) showing that the Swedish companies have taken significant steps to increase their awareness of the risks in Colombia and have developed new tools for evaluating customers. However, the Hidroituango project continues to present major challenges.—[Because] Hidroituango, is currently being constructed in a region that is badly affected by internal armed conflict…People from the affected communities interviewed by Swedwatch has reported assaults by both state and private security staff protecting the site, as well as by illegal armed groups in the area…

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Company non-response
18 January 2016

Non response by Coninsa Ramón H

Author: Coninsa Ramón H

Company response
18 January 2016

Response by Camargo Correa

Author: Grupo Camargo Correa

The Centre invited Camargo Correa to respond and they said EPM would respond on their behalf. Please find EPM's response here, only available in Spanish.

Company response
18 January 2016

Response by EPM

Author: EPM. Empresas Públicas de Medellín

Only available in Spanish

Company response
13 January 2016

Response by Conconcreto

Only available in Spanish

Company response
13 January 2016

Response by Scania

Author: Scania

Only available in Swedish