World Rainforest Movement

Colombia: Taking action against mega dams – we are all affected!

On 14 March 2013, the Colombian organization Movimiento Ríos Vivos marked the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life by calling on communities to mobilize in different ways and take part in the activities scheduled for the day, in solidarity with the peaceful march being held by people displaced by the Hidroituango mega dam project.

Against a backdrop of stigmatization, repression and persecution of social protest in Colombia, on 12 March 2013, numerous social organizations sent a letter to the Colombian government and international human rights organizations, calling for protection of “the right to social mobilization and protest to ensure that they are not repressed through the use of violence by the police and military forces, and the legitimate right of social sectors to demand respect for their human dignity.” The letter also called, above all, for attention to the just demands of the people affected by dams.

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