Problems in the construction of a hydroelectric dam financed in part by Canada led to a flooding disaster in northwestern Colombia in 2018, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Four years later, locals are still suffering the consequences, with no remedy from Canada in sight.
Canadian organizations are calling for full protection measures for human rights defenders who face grave security risks after speaking out against a hydroelectric project financed in part by the Canadian government.
Communities devastated by the Hidroituango dam in Colombia continue to seek accountability from the Canadian government, which financed the project through its export bank. In this letter, we ask the trade minister to ensure that the bank makes reparations and no longer supports such damaging projects.
La represa de Hidroituango es uno de los proyectos de infraestructura más grandes de Sudamérica, un coloso de ingeniería destinado a abastecer casi una quinta parte de la demanda energética de Colombia. Sin embargo, las numerosas fallas del proyecto han resultado catastróficas.
Human rights advocates are denouncing the Canadian government’s financial support for a disastrous hydroelectric project in Colombia, as a leader from one of the affected communities arrives in Ottawa to meet today with officials at Export Development Canada (EDC) and Global Affairs Canada.