(Bangkok, August 10, 2021) — A large hydroelectric dam in Cambodia, completed in 2018 and financed by the Chinese government, severely harmed the livelihoods of thousands of Indigenous and ethnic minority people. Neither the company responsible for the project nor the Chinese or Cambodian governments have adequately compensated losses or otherwise mitigated the dam’s impacts. They need to now do so. But the report also shows that China’s Belt and Road funding comes with no oversight, which is what allows amoral or unscrupulous companies and local governments to undertake massive projects like this one, which displace thousands without due process and cause such immense uncompensated harms. China needs to reform its funding and ensure oversight to prevent such harms in the future.
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