Aug 10, 2018 by Coalition

Indigenous tell IDBInvest to divest from Guatemala dams

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This week as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, communities affected by the Pojom II and San Andrés dams in the microregion of Ixquisis, Guatemala, filed a complaint with the independent accountability mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank urging IDB Invest, the bank’s private sector arm, to divest. The complaint is supported by the Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA), the Plataforma Internacional contra la Impunidad and the Ancestral and Plurinacional Government Q’anjob’al, Popti, Chuj and Akateko and raises serious concerns regarding lack of consultation and negative impacts on communities’ water resources and livelihoods. Moreover, “community members who have peacefully resisted the projects have suffered attacks, threats, and harassment; in 2017, they reported the murder of one local resident, which has yet to be resolved.”  More information in this link