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[PDF] The Agua Zarca Dam and Lenca Communities in Honduras
Author: Annie Bird, Rights Action, Published on: 3 October 2013
[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Minerales Victoria (part of DESA), Sinohydro, Orion Security to respond. Orion Security, did not respond. DESA, Sinohydro indicated that they will respond - we will indicate the week of 18 Nov whether they do so.] Lenca indigenous communities of the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras have blocked an access road built into the intended construction site for the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. Desarrollos Energeticos (DESA) plans to build the dam, and is pushing the project through with violence and intimidation, while attempting to criminalize land rights defenders with baseless charges...The prosecution and imprisonment of human rights defenders and lawyers on charges of “incitement”...could...leave a population already suffering from chronic violation of their right to access to justice even more vulnerable...