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31 Mar 2003

statement delivered to U.N. Commission on Human Rights by Peter Bosshard, Policy Director of International Rivers Network

Human Rights Abuses in China and the Responsibility of Western Governments: The Case of the Three Gorges Project

People affected by the Three Gorges Project must be resettled, compensated and rehabilitated in line with acknowledged international resettlement and human rights standards...The people who have been imprisoned for protesting peacefully against the problems of the project in the past should be released...As long as the problems of resettlement have not been resolved in line with international standards, the submergence of the reservoir area should be suspended...Export Credit Agencies should carry out human rights and social impact assessments before taking decisions on credits and guarantees...The World Commission on Dams (WCD) has proposed a framework that integrates human rights into the planning and decision-making processes of water and energy projects.