Compensation review urged for people displaced by Cambodian dam

Livelihoods of indigenous and ethnic minorities 'washed away,' says Human Rights Watch.

The Chinese and Cambodian governments are being urged to rethink their compensation packages for villagers displaced by a major dam construction and their future strategies for projects to be built as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

John Sifton, Human Rights Watch Asia advocacy director, said systemic reforms were needed to avoid abuses in future projects after a 138-page report found authorities had largely ignored community concerns over construction of the US$782 million Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Stung Treng province in northeast Cambodia.

“The Chinese government needs to drastically reform Belt and Road infrastructure development financing to prevent abuses in other projects undertaken in countries like Cambodia, where the government has a long track record of abusing citizens’ rights,” said Sifton, who authored the report.

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