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IFC’s investment in the Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura (TCBuen) involves the construction and operation of a new international container terminal in the port city of Buenaventura, Colombia. A complaint was lodged with the CAO on December 10, 2009 by a local network of Afro-Colombian communities. The complainants believe that the proposed project, along with other large development projects in their city, threatens their cultural identities and social practices and violates their human and collective rights as Afro-Colombians. In relation to IFC’s project, the signatories raise concerns about ensuring proper consultations with ethnic minorities such as themselves, ensuring community participation in decision-making, protecting their cultural and social ways of life, and guaranteeing access to project information.
The complaint has been deemed eligible for assessment, and CAO Ombudsman will begin exploring options for resolution with the relevant parties.
CAO case story page:http://www.cao-ombudsman.org/cases/case_detail.aspx?id=154