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13 Jan 2015

3S Rivers Protection Network, EarthRights International, International Rivers, Samreth Law Group

Groups raise rights concerns over Lower Sesan 2 & Stung Cheay Dams with UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia

“Human Rights Concerns Over Hydropower Development in Cambodia Brought to the UN”, 13 January 2015

International and Cambodian groups…issued a complaint to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia raising concerns over human rights violations resulting from the development of two hydropower dam projects in Cambodia. The complaint highlights the Lower Sesan 2 Dam, currently under construction in Stung Treng Province, and the Stung Cheay Areng Dam in Koh Kong Province…The complaint calls on the Special Rapporteur to investigate and seek remedial action for existing and imminent breaches of human rights in relation to these projects…Recent asset surveys by the project developers of the Lower Sesan 2 (LS2) Dam have raised concerns over villagers being pressured and intimidated into agreeing with the surveys and the proposed resettlement plans…In the complaint, concerns are also raised over the severe environmental impacts the LS2 Dam is predicted to cause in Cambodia and the region…If it proceeds, the Stung Cheay Areng Dam will displace approximately 1500 indigenous inhabitants of the Areng Valley…The project is also expected to…[wreak] havoc on unique ecosystems and rare and critically endangered wildlife within the pristine valley…

Part of the following timelines

Cambodia: Groups raise alarm over severe food, livelihood, environmental, cultural impacts of Lower Sesan 2 Dam project; companies do not respond

Cambodia: Communities impacted by Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Project seek IFC dispute resolution process; Companies' responses

Cambodia: Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam

Cambodia: Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam