Nelson La Madrid
Nelson La Madrid is a lawyer and human rights defender in Cochambamba, Bolivia. He is providing legal representation for the guaraní indigenous communities of Tatarenda Nuevo and Yumao, located in Santa Cruz province, Bolivia. Nelson is supporting these indigenous communities, who challenged before the domestic courts the execution of “Rositas Hydroelectric Project” (Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Rositas), promoted by Bolivia’s Electric National Company (Empresa Nacional de Electricidad de Bolivia ENDE) in their territories without their free, prior and informed consent. The communities have opposed to the project because it will flood approximately 45 thousand hectares of land, leaving the territory of twelve guaraní communities (approximately 500 families) under the water.