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Do you know Laos aims to become the "battery of Asia"?

📍As part of its quest to become the battery of Asia, Laos plans to have at least 100 hydropower projects in operation by 2030.

🚨However, for years, Laos has been warned to conduct proper social & environmental impact assessments and to improve transparency in order to mitigate both the impact of large-scale hydropower projects and the risks of man-made disasters.

But Laos never listened…and in 2018, the Lao people paid the price. Following the collapse of the Attapeu dam, at least 71 people were killed and more than 7000 people were displaced.

⚖️In 2022, Manushya Foundation submitted a follow-up complaint to relevant human rights experts at the United Nations to call attention to the numerous human rights violation of the Attapeu communities. In its disappointing response, the Lao government, again, denied any responsibility for the collapse.

Worryingly, more than 4 years after the Attapeu dam collapse, specific legislation to effectively ensure the safety of hydropower projects is still cruelly lacking in Laos.

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings

✊With extreme weather induced by climate change becoming increasingly frequent, now more than ever, Laos must adopt mandatory human rights due diligence legislation (mHRDD)!

✊It is only through meaningful mHRDD legislation that businesses can be compelled to prevent and mitigate the risks resulting from their activities and be held accountable when they cause harm!

📣It is high time Laos put #PeopleOverProfit!

While you are here…

➡️ All you need to know about Manushya Foundation’s previous work on Laos, the Attapeu dam collapse and our campaign to #FreeMuay from jail:


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