Tuesday, January 26, 2021,
The European Investment Bank funded 220 kV transmission line project affected Indigenous Peoples and local communities of Lamjung district urged LAHURNIP to help take the issues to the Supreme Court and the European Parliament as they have been resisting the project for the past four years demanding FPIC, justifyable compensation and human rights due diligence in particular.
The affected communities filed the complaint to the Complaint Mechanism of the Bank in October, 2018 demanding mediation to resolve the issues in an amicable manner but, the Nepal Electricity Authority, the State owned corporation that is implementing the project, has rejected sitting at the mediation table with the affected communities.
"We are being imposed to receive the compensation of the lands that are determined by the project and local authorities without our consultation and participation. We are tagged as anti-development elements, and are threatened by the police, project and government authorities to accept the project and compensation", said the affected community members.
Bhim Rai from LAHURNIP is committed to provide necessary legal support for the justice of affected communities and inclusive development.
-Mr. Krishna Ale, Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defender, Lamjung