1. Send an Email
Dear Mr. President,
I commend your country for endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Labor Organization’s Convention 169, which recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right to free, prior, and informed consent for projects that would affect them. The Patuca III dam project is a test of Honduras’ commitment to Indigenous Peoples’ rights. To comply with the UN Declaration and ILO 169, your administration must not approve construction of dams on the Patuca unless or until you obtain the free, prior, and informed consent of the Tawahka, Pech, Miskito, and Garifuna peoples. For more than a decade, these Indigenous peoples have steadfastly opposed dam construction on the Patuca River, and they continue to do so. I am deeply concerned that damming the Patuca River will exacerbate the impacts of global warming, threaten food security and the cultural survival of the Tawahka people, disrupt transportation and commerce for all the peoples of the Moskitia, alter a vital river ecosystem, and put at risk the invaluable biological diversity of Patuca National Park, the Tawahka Asangni Biosphere Reserve, and the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve. I urge you to suspend development of dams on the Patuca until and unless independent studies determine conclusively that the project will not harm the environment nor threaten the well being and cultural continuity of the Indigenous Peoples of the Moskitia.
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