New Chinese dam project fuels ethnic conflict in Sudan

Author: Peter Bosshard, International Rivers [US], Published on: 19 January 2011

Dams have impoverished tens of thousands of people and triggered serious human rights violations in Sudan. Now Chinese companies have won contracts to build three more hydropower projects in the country…[that] would displace more than 10,000 people and submerge an estimated 500 archeological sites…3 percent of the Nile’s annual flow would evaporate from the two reservoirs every year…When Sudanese and Chinese engineers carried out feasibility studies in 2007, thousands of people staged repeated protest demonstrations. The authorities cracked down harshly…kill[ing] four peaceful protestors...and wound[ing] more than 15 others…While the government remained silent about its plans, Sinohydro...announced in early November 2010 that it had won a $705 million contract to build the Kajbar Project...Sinohydro argues that as a contractor, it cannot influence the human rights impacts of a project and is not responsible for them…The Kajbar Project is still at a very early stage. Sinohydro, other companies and financiers can still learn the lessons of earlier human rights disasters in Sudan. They should...stay out...[also refers to PetroChina, China Gezhouba, Lahmeyer]

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Related companies: China Gezhouba Lahmeyer PetroChina (part of China National Petroleum Corporation) Sinopec