Solidarity with Pablo Solon & Rafael Archondo

As community, labor, and human rights organizations in the United States, representing dozens of organizations in over 20 states and territories, we call for solidarity with Pablo Solón and Rafael Archondo, two Bolivian activists facing potential criminal charges. The charges are for allegations dating back 6 years and could go as far as imprisonment.  

 

We have worked closely with Pablo Solón for a number of years to support people’s movements for climate justice at a global level.  These charges for incidents years ago come in the wake of his recent outspoken critiques of two hydro-electric megaprojects El Bala and Chepete in the Amazonian region in Bolivia.  On July 11th, 2017, Pablo Solón made a formal complaint to the Ministry of Justice and Transparency, the same Ministry that is accusing him, asking them to investigate two contracts between the public state electric company ENDE and the Italian consultancy firm Geodata.  Geodata's own studies have shown that the projects are economically nonviable and yet they are recommending their implementation.

 

In the coming days, Pablo Solón will be summoned to make his first declaration before the prosecutor and there is a small chance he may even be put into preventative detention. It is important to mobilize solidarity as quickly as possible.

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Let the Bolivian government know we are watching & we stand with Pablo and Rafael

 

We call on the Plurinational State of Bolivia to withdraw its accusations against Pablo Solón and Rafael Archondo and to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) about major development projects such as the El Bala and Chepete dams in their territories, as required by the Bolivian Constitution and according to ILO convention 169 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

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