The Democracy Center’s reply to ENEL-EMGESA
In response to our article ‘Damming Dissent‘ on the Open Democracy website on 23rd January 2017, ENEL-EMGESA replied to us via the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre platform. Among other things, the corporations attempts to distance itself from the legal proceedings against Miller Dussán and Elsa Ardila. In this response by the Democracy Center, we draw on statements by a Colombian lawyer, a Colombian Public Prosecutor and the Office of the Inspector General in Colombia to demonstrate the decisive role ENEL-EMGESA has had in the legal cases. READ MORE.
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
International human rights organisation BHRRC has also been following the case of Miller Dussán, ASOQUIMBO and ENEL.
Their case profile can be found at this link.
Public Statement by International Civil Society.
International civil society organisations and academic institutions have condemned Italian multinational, ENEL’s role in the clamp down on social protest in Colombia and declared their firm support for the communities affected by the Quimbo dam.
PUBLIC STATEMENT – TO CEASE THE JUDICIAL PERSECUTION AGAINST MILLER DUSSÁN AND ELSA ARDILA AND IN SUPPORT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THE QUIMBO DAM PROJECT (ASOQUIMBO) IN COLOMBIA. LINK TO PUBLIC STATEMENT
Article by Democracy Center staff on Open Democracy.
The Democracy Center’s Philippa de Boissiere and Thomas Mc Donagh write on Open Democracy giving background to the Quimbo dam project, local resistance and the strategy of criminalisation of protest being used to quell dissent.
Miller Dussán’s profile has been included on the website of international human rights organisation FrontLine Defenders as an ‘at-risk’ human rights defender because of the legal persecution he faces at the hands of EMGESA-ENEL and the heightened risk to his personal security.
His profile can be accessed here and messages of solidarity can be sent via the profile.
Miller Dussán’s video message for the CEO of ENEL, Francesco Starace.
(Italian version here)