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Founded in 2017, Manushya Foundation serves as a bridge to engage, mobilise, and empower agents of change by: connecting humans through inclusive coalition building and; by developing strategies focused at placing local communities’ voices in the centre of human rights advocacy and domestic implementation of international human rights obligations and standards.

 

Manushya Foundation strengthens the solidarity and capacity of communities and grassroots to ensure they can constructively raise their own concerns and provide solutions in order to improve their livelihoods and the human rights situation on the ground.

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.