Bangladesh: CSOs urge Sumitomo Corporation & Japanese govt. to halt funding of Matarbari coal plant, citing adverse human rights impacts
In June 2020, 44 CSOs from 18 countries submitted a letter asking the Japanese government to halt funding of a second coal plant in Matarbari, Bangladesh. The project is financed by the Japanese government and Sumitomo Corporation. In the letter, the signers highlight the adverse human rights impacts linked to the construction of the first coal plant in Matarbari, which include allegations of environmental degradation, loss of livelihood for the local community, lack of compensation for individuals who were resettled due to the construction of the first coal plant, and denial of construction workers' rights during Covid-19. We invited Sumitomo Corporation to respond--its full response is available below.