30 November 2010

Complaint Seeks Accountability for Human Rights Violations by U.S.-Supported Hydroelectric Project in Oaxaca, Mexico

Today, Mexican villagers filed a complaint to prevent contamination of their drinking water and fishing areas, and other threats to their livelihoods and culture from a U.S.-backed hydroelectric project. Located in Oaxaca, Mexico, the project is financed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. government agency. The project entails converting the Cerro de Oro Dam and altering local waterways to produce energy for private companies. Although construction has begun, local villagers have not been fully consulted or informed of the project’s health and environmental impacts.

Read full press release here.