Guatemala: Communities call on Inter-American Development Bank to withdraw investment from PDHSA dams following alleged human rights abuses

Author: AIDA, Published on: 14 August 2018

"Guatemalan indigenous communities file complaint for dams’ damages", 6 of August, 2018

…Indigenous communities affected by Guatemala’s Pojom II and San Andrés dams have called on the Inter-American Development Bank to withdraw its investment in the mega-projects. A complaint filed before the Bank’s independent accountability mechanism explains how the serious social and environmental damages caused by the planning and construction of the dams resulted from the projects’ failure to comply with the Bank’s operational policies... “The damages caused by the projects’ implementation are the result of non-compliance with the Bank’s operational policies, particularly its policies on environment and sustainability, indigenous people, gender, and information disclosure,” explained Liliana Ávila, AIDA attorney. The complaint details how the dams were authorized without adequate community consultation, and how those affected did not receive sufficient information on the risks. In addition, community members who have peacefully resisted the projects have suffered attacks, threats, and harassment; in 2017, they reported the murder of one local resident, which has yet to be resolved…[A]lso caused severe environmental damage, including water scarcity and pollution, which have affected local people’s ability to fish, grow food, and maintain their tradition lifestyle…The Pojom II hydroelectric plant is operated by…subsidiaries of Promoción y Desarrollos Hídricos S.A., a Guatemalan company…

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Related companies: Promoción y Desarrollo Hídricos (PDHSA) (Now Energía y Renovación S.A )