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Guatemalan environmental activist‏ testifies to World Bank of criminalisation of opponents to Cambalam dam & legal harassment by Hidralia‏

“Guatemala: Spanish Company Hidro Santa Cruz Denounced Before the World Bank”, 20 May 2015

In April 2015, Cecilia Mérida, the partner of an environmental defender who was arrested…testified at the World Bank…[about] the damage being inflicted by the Bank's financing of the Cambalam hydroelectric dam in the municipality of Barillas…She testified to the strategies of criminalization being employed by the Guatemalan government and the dam's Spanish owner - Hidro Santa Cruz [part of Hidralia]…“[T]he communities have not received a single benefit. On the contrary, they have left a peaceful and quiet life for one of fear and terror”…

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre previously invited Hidro Santa Cruz to respond to concerns related to the dam construction; the response is available here.