Nelson La Madrid
Two policemen tried to detain human rights defender and lawyer Nelson La Madrid at a bus station in Cochabamba. He was about to travel from Cochabamba City to Lagunillas to be party to a litigation on the Rositas Hydroelectric Project case. The following day, a judge declared the indigenous communities’ petition against the Rositas Hydroelectric Project inadmissible. Human rights defender Nelson La Madrid is providing legal representation to Tatarenda Nuevo and Yumao indigenous communities in their case against Bolivia’s Electric National Company to stop Rositas Hydroelectric Project. Human rights defender and lawyer Nelson La Madrid has been receiving threatening calls and messages since he filed a lawsuit against Bolivia’s National Electricity Company (Empresa Nacional de Electricidad de Bolivia) on 28 March 2018. The lawsuit is aimed at preventing the construction of the Rositas Hydroelectric Project on the basis that it has not received free, prior and informed consent by the affected indigenous communities.