Sudan: UN Special Rapporteur on housing urges firms involved in dam projects to halt activities after widespread evictions

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Article
10 October 2007

[DOC] Harbin response to statement by UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing

Author: Harbin Power & Engineering

During the constructional period, HPE strictly followed the international environmental and security standards as per the requirements of the Project in order to ensure the progress and quality of the Project. The local residents have visited the site personally for many times, highly appreciated and praised on our great contributions.

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Company response
12 September 2007

Response by Alstom: UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing concerned about forced evictions & other abuses related to the Merowe dam project.

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Article
10 September 2007

[DOC] Alstom response to statement by UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing regarding human rights impacts of Merowe dam

Author: Alstom

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Company response
5 September 2007

Lahmeyer response to statement by UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing regarding human rights impacts of Merowe dam

Author: Lahmeyer

According to reports from our staff, the people who have been resettled to date are very satisfied with the facilities which have been provided for them, such as new solid houses with electricity and running water, hospitals, schools, shops, markets and mosques...It is true that the resettlement process has not yet been completed and we have therefore asked our staff working in the Sudan for further information...As respect for human rights in regard to large international projects has the highest priority in our company, we will ask one of our managers to travel to the Sudan in the very near future in order to examine the increase in the water level and its effects, as noted in the UN statement.

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Article
27 August 2007

UN rights expert urges suspension to dam projects in northern Sudan

Author: UN Human Rights Council

The [UN] Special Rapporteur on adequate housing... Miloon Kothari, [has] issued the following statement "...I continue to receive disturbing reports that large-scale forced evictions may be imminent in the Merowe area...Last year, thousands of people in the Merowe area were relocated in similar circumstances which temporarily left them without food or shelter, and some remain homeless...I urge the companies involved in the projects, such as Harbin [Harbin Power]...Lahmeyer...and Alstom...to put a halt to their activities until a full and impartial assessment of the impact on the human rights of the population is made....I also strongly encourage that States...ensure that the work of their national companies does not -directly or indirectly- negatively impact the human rights of the affected people.

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Article
27 August 2007

UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing statement re Merowe dam, Sudan, 27 Aug 2007 - and company responses

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 27 August 2007 the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari, issued...[a] statement on the Merowe dam in Sudan...[The] Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the three companies to respond...[links to: Alstom, Lahmeyer responses; Harbin has not responded. Also provided: links to "Comments on Lahmeyer's response from Ali Askouri, Leadership Office of Hamdab Affected People, and members of the Executive Committee of the Manasir communities affected by the Merowe Dam, Sudan (13 Sep 2007)"; and to "Lahmeyer's response to Ali Askouri & others (19 Sep 2007)"]

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