INDIGENOUS DEFENDANTS CLEARED OF CHARGES RELATED TO PANAMA DAM

10/16/2017

Three indigenous defendants accused of instigating project delays and causing financial losses during protests at the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project in western Panama have been acquitted of all charges. According to an opposition group leader, the company provided no concrete proof that he or any of the other 60-plus protestors trespassed on its property or impeded the work of its personnel. The dam is fully operational and its reservoir has flooded the land of three Ngäbe-Bugle communities. The project, partly funded by two European development banks, has been condemned by national and international NGOs for failing to solicit consent of the Ngäbe-Bugle people before being built. For the full story see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/indigenous-group-scores-legal-victory…