Peace Brigades International UK and The Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies cordially invite you to a panel discussion about: Community Consultation and Megaprojects
on Wednesday 24 June, 18:30 – 20:30
at Senate House – Room G37, Malet Street, London
Omar Jeronimo • Nuevo Día Indigenous Association, Guatemala
Monica Feria-Tinta • 20 Essex Street Chambers
Chris Moye • Global Witness
Drawing on case studies from Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere in the Americas region, our speakers will identify the human rights impacts of hydroelectric dams and other large scale investment projects, and will discuss ways of promoting more meaningful and effective consultation with affected communities, and how to ensure greater compliance by states and companies to fulfil their obligations under international law.
About the Speakers
Omar Jeronimo is the Coordinator of the Nuevo Día Chorti Indigenous Association, Guatemala. Nuevo Día work in Chiquimula department providing support and legal representation to local indigenous and campesino communities and campaign on issues related to land, environmental, and cultural rights. As a result of their work Nuevo Día members have been subject to threats, harassment, and criminalisation. Omar receives the protective accompaniment of Peace Brigades International.
Monica Feria-Tinta is a barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers specialising in public international law and with a particular focus on energy and natural resource extraction. Her work includes advising on legal issues relating to the exploration of gas in the Amazon and the development of hydro-electrical projects in Guatemala. In 2015 she led a delegation of independent experts to Guatemala to investigate the human rights situation of maya Chorti’ communities affected by hydroelectric projects.
Chris Moye is currently a forest campaigner at Global Witness. He has worked for different NGOs on issues ranging from human rights abuses to environmental issues. He has investigated the link between displacements and biofuels in Colombia as part of the UK Parliament’s Human Rights Joint Committee. He later worked for Peace Brigades International in Guatemala and for the Association of Forest Communities Ut’z Che’ in Guatemala as part of Forest Transparency and Governance Project.