Pablo Solón is being persecuted by the Bolivian Government, and is facing fabricated legal charges because he dared to challenge two mega-hydropower projects in the Amazonian region, El Bala and El Chepete. Both Solón and Rafael Archondo, a well-known journalist, are facing up to four years imprisonment.
Take action! Contact the Bolivian Government
We urge you to write to the Bolivian Government to ask them to drop the sham charges and investigate the contracts between the Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) and the Italian company Geodata in relation to the hydro-electric project, El Bala.
Messages can be sent to Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, at:
Email: [email protected]
Solidarity photos: Print the attached poster, take a photo with it and post on websites, Facebook and Twitter, tagging @MinJusticiaBol and @Minenergias, and using the hashtags #WeAreWithSolon and #StopElBalaChepete. Please also post on the Fundación Solón Facebook.
Send a solidarity message to Pablo Solón and Rafael Archondo: https://focusweb.org/content/message-support-pablo-solon
Send a letter to and/or visit your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Bolivia
More information about this case and El Bala and Chepete projects:
Fundación Solón website and Facebook page for latest updates (mostly in Spanish) https://fundacionsolon.org/category/pacha/el-bala/ and https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fundación-Solón-863600320418959
Focus on the Global South statement (English): https://focusweb.org/content/bolivian-government-must-stop-persecuting-those-defending-nature-and-rights-and-address-real
Pablo Solón’s request to the Ministry of Institutional Transparency to investigate the ENDE-Geodata contracts (in Spanish): https://fundacionsolon.org/2017/07/11/denuncia-posible-dano-economico-al-estado-por-contratos-ende-geodata-sobre-el-bala/
Short piece on Pablo Solón and El Bala case (in English): https://woborders.blog/2017/07/04/pablo-solon-el-bala/
Why Pablo Solon is being tried – article by a former colleague of Solón/former Bolivian Defense Minister (in Spanish) http://www.opinion.com.bo/opinion/articulos/2017/0707/noticias.php?id=223912
Short video features (in Spanish) on El Bala and El Chepete projects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GknLrcs0v3Y and why they are unviable economically https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-EFI80gS8w
Dossier on the El Bala and El Chepete projects (in Spanish): https://funsolon.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/tunupa-100.pdf