European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights files complaint against Lahmeyer executives over Sudan dam project's impact on social rights

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6 May 2010

[Response regarding ECCHR complaint over impacts of Merowe dam project in Sudan

Author: Lahmeyer

Lahmeyer International has taken notice of the press release by ECCHR regarding the power plant project Merowe in Sudan and the accusations against LI's management and employees reported to the Frankfurt public prosecution office. LI fully rejects the accusations. The management has assured the public prosecution office of its full support to investigate the accusations and will cooperate closely with the investigating authority.

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Author: Von Hannes Koch, Spiegel Online [Germany]

Die Vorwürfe klingen hart: Die deutsche Firma Lahmeyer soll dafür verantwortlich sein, dass beim Auffüllen eines Staudamms im Sudan Einwohner vom steigenden Wasser überrascht wurden. Deshalb haben Menschenrechtler nun Anzeige erstattet - das Unternehmen weist die Vorwürfe zurück.

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3 May 2010

German Engineering – regardless of the consequences?

Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Lahmeyer International GmbH was instrumental in constructing the Merowe dam in Northern Sudan...[T]wo employees are charged with the flooding of over 30 villages, the displacement of over 4,700 families and the destruction of their livelihood...40,000 people have been affected by the construction of the dam and the associated resettlements...Lahmeyer began construction even though the resettlement plans had not been fully negotiated with the affected population...[They also] knew about the flooding potential of the dam...From the point of view of the ECCHR this case is symptomatic of the dangers for human rights resulting from big infrastructural projects.

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