The Hidroituango dam cuts across the Cauca River in a region of Colombia hard hit by decades of armed conflict and grave human rights violations.
In 2016, Export Development Canada - a crown corporation that claims its transactions are “environmentally and socially responsible” - approved millions of dollars in loans to Empresas Públicas de Medellin, the company building the HidroItuango dam.
The financing was approved despite warnings by experts, human rights organizations and local communities.
Ríos Vivos, a grassroots movement of families dependent on the Cauca River for their food and livelihoods, has courageously denounced social and environmental impacts of the dam. They’ve also reported forced evictions, increased militarization and worsening violence, including the killing of six of their leaders.
Ríos Vivos has appealed for support and accountability in Canada.
“Without foreign money, Hidroituango would not have been possible,” Ríos Vivos spokesperson Isabel Zuleta told Export Development Canada and Canadian government officials in November 2019.
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