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Kosovo: SLAPP suits seeking to silence environmental activists must end

Index Number: EUR 73/4350/2021

Kelkos Energy, a large Austrian-based hydropower management company with operations in Kosovo, has used defamation lawsuits and threats of such lawsuits to target activists who publicly speak about the environmental impact of hydropower plants operating in the country’s natural protected areas and the lack of necessary scrutiny by Kosovo’s authorities in the process of issuing operating licenses for such plants. Kelkos Energy should withdraw the defamation lawsuits filed against environmental activists in Kosovo as they appear to be designed to obstruct their work, intimidate, and silence them, Amnesty International said today.

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