JOINT STATEMENT: ONE YEAR AFTER THE XE PIAN-XE NAMNOY DAM COLLAPSE, CIVIL SOCIETY FROM KOREA AND THE MEKONG CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACCOUNTABILITY AND REDRESS
23 JULY 2019
On 23 July 2018, collapse of a dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Attapeu province in Laos resulted in at least 71 dead or missing and thousands left homeless. On the one-year anniversary of the disaster, while offering our thoughts and prayers to those who lost their lives and homes, Manushya Foundation joined civil society groups working in Korea and the Mekong region, including Korean Civil Society Task Force Team for the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Dam Collapse, Focus on Global South, Inclusive Development International, International Rivers, Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM), and Mekong Watch, in calling on the Korean and Lao governments and SK Engineering & Construction to immediately.
● Stop construction of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy project and ensure the release of the findings of the investigation
● Restore the damaged areas (including affected areas close to the dam’s reservoir) and provide a full compensation and restitution for the victims as well as the people initially dispossessed by the project’s construction
● Take urgent steps to prevent recurrence of this tragic disaster.