Report details how solar, wind industry accused of violating the rights of indigenous peoples 197 times — including allegations of murder


By: - Climate DepotJune 29, 2020 4:59 PM with 0 comments

https://www.business-humanrights.org/sites/default/files/Renewable%20Energy%20Benchmark%20Key%20Findings%20Report.pdf

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre report: 

Excerpt: “Since 2010, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has identified 197 allegations of human rights abuses related to renewable energy projects, and asked 127 companies to respond to these allegations. Abuse allegations include: killings, threats, and intimidation; land grabs; dangerous working conditions and poverty wages; and harm to indigenous peoples’ lives and livelihoods. Allegations have been made in every region and across each of the five sub-sectors of renewable energy development: wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal, and hydropower.

The region with the highest number of allegations is Latin America (121 allegations since 2010, 61% of allegations globally). Eight of the 16 companies ranked in this benchmark have allegations of human rights abuse linked to their renewable energy operations reported on our website.”

“The results of the benchmark suggest that none of the companies analysed are currently fully meeting their responsibility to respect human rights, as defined by the UN Guiding Principles.”

Full Report: https://www.business-humanrights.org/sites/default/files/Renewable%20Energy%20Benchmark%20Key%20Findings%20Report.pdf