Indigenous Communities

The construction of the Belo Monte Dam

The construction of the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil. Credit: Programa de Aceleración del Crecimiento (PAC)/Creative Commons.

Time doesn’t stop and, unfortunately, nor does the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. Work is advancing at an impressive rate on the Xingu River, in the Brazilian Amazon; 65% of the dam is complete. As it grows, the ecosystem—and the lives of people living in the area—deteriorates.
Latin American civil society organizations "strongly recommend that CODE members send the first draft back to Management. Without structural changes to the Safeguard Policy proposal, we question if the second phase of consultations and the review process will be meaningful". According to them,...Read more
Rio Samana

Hydropower projects are on the rise in Latin America as governments seek to feed growing economies.

But at what cost?

The plants may harness the energy capacity of running water, a renewable resource. But poorly planned and implemented dams, especially large ones,...

The 57 organizations and persons signatory to the letter, which work for the protection of human rights and the environment, express their deep concern at the detention of Mr. Marco Antonio Suástegui, leader of the Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la Presa La Parota – CECOP (Council of...Read more
Human rights commission hears case questioning state use of dictatorship-era legal device.Read more
UN Special Rapporteurs are asked to urge the Mexican government to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and coastal communities that would be affected by the project.Read more
Fact Sheets
In its budget bill for 2014, the US Congress has taken bold steps to promote environmental justice within international financial institutions. Among other measures, the bill instructs the US representatives in these institutions to oppose large dams and logging projects that affect primary...Read more
Speakers highlight violations stemming from Amazon dams at Human Rights Council.Read more
San Pedro Mezquital river

San Pedro Mezquital is the only hydropower-free river in the Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental. Credit: Gustavo D. Danemann.

Every June 24, the Cora indigenous community celebrates the Day of San Juan. Gathering on the banks of a full-flowing river in western Mexico, they swap figures of the saint and offer him flowers in exchange for food, health, work and other favors.
Appeal to the UN seeks to stop eviction of Panamanian community.Read more