Survival Intl. files OECD Guidelines complaint against Salini over rights impacts of Gibe III dam in Ethiopia & Kenya

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15 March 2016

Complaint lodged against Salini through the Italian Natl. Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines

Author: Survival International

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15 March 2016

Engineering company Salini reported to OECD Guidelines regarding access to food & land rights violations

Author: Survival International

"Survival reports Italian corporation to OECD over dam disaster," 14 Mar 2016

Survival International has reported…Salini to the OECD…over its construction of a controversial dam which…has cut off the Omo river’s regular flooding, which 100,000 people rely on to water their crops and livestock and a further 100,000 depend on indirectly…[T]his could also spell the end for Lake Turkana…and disaster for the 300,000 tribespeople living along its shores. Salini did not seek the consent of local people before building the dam, but claimed that an “artificial flood release” would compensate them for their losses. However, this…never came and thousands of people now face starvation…Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said: “Salini has ignored crucial evidence, made false promises and ridden roughshod over the rights of hundreds of thousands of people…Italy’s largest contractor…didn’t think human rights were worth its time. The real consequences of the Ethiopian government’s devastating policies for…“development,” which are…supported by…UK’s DFID and USAID, are plain for all to see. Stealing people’s land and causing massive environmental destruction is not “progress,” it is a death sentence...”

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