Nicaragua: Communities opposing canal face persecution for defending livelihoods & land, says new Amnesty International report

This report by Amnesty International analyses potential impacts of the Great Interoceanic Canal project in Nicaragua, including threats to livelihoods and risk of forced displacement of thousands of families. These impacts, according to local groups, could affect nearly 120,000 people. Amnesty International found that the project was approved without genuine consultation with all affected populations and accuses authorities of harassing and persecuting anyone who opposes the deal.

The report includes recommendations for authorities, companies and possible investors.

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12 September 2017

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3 September 2017

Danger: Rights for sale. The Interoceanic Grand Canal project in Nicaragua

Author: Amnesty International

…Main recommendations to the concession-holding company and other contractors…Cease all work on or related to the Project until the necessary measures have been taken to ensure full respect of the human rights of those who will be affected, including prior consultation…Refrain from invoking or making use of indemnity or stability clauses in relation to any legal changes or measures introduced by the state that are aimed at ensuring respect for and protection of human rights in the context of the Project….Based on the results of a process of genuine consultation of all those who could be affected and their representatives, initiate a renegotiation, with the state, of the MCA and other agreements regarding the Project in order to establish a legal framework that ensures respect for human rights and protection from forced evictions…

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3 September 2017

Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction

Author: Amnesty International

…Danger: Rights for sale. The Interoceanic Grand Canal project in Nicaragua and the erosion of human rights reveals how the obscure legal framework that led to the concession of the project, without genuine consultation with all affected communities, violates a catalogue of national and international standards on human rights and might lead to the forced eviction of hundreds of families. It also accuses authorities of harassing and persecuting anyone who dares to voice an opinion against the deal…The Great Interoceanic Canal could potentially be one of the largest engineering projects on earth. The project was awarded to HK-Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Limited, based in Hong Kong…Local civil society organizations put the number of affected people at nearly 120,000. Nicaragua has a population of almost six million…

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