Indian government rejection of Vedanta bauxite mine a “landmark victory” for Indigenous rights

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE:

August 24th 2010

Amnesty International has described the Indian government’s decision to reject the bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills as a landmark victory for the human rights of Indigenous communities.

India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests today rejected the mine project proposed by a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation, after finding that the project already extensively violates forest and environmental laws and would perpetrate abuses against the Dongria Kondh adivasi and other communities on the Hills.

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For eight years, the Dongria Kondh and other communities in Niyamgiri have been protesting against bauxite mining plans by Vedanta Resources subsidiary, Sterlite Industries India, and the Orissa Mining Corporation.

The communities were concerned that the project, which would have been situated on their traditional sacred lands and habitats, would result in violations of their rights as Indigenous peoples to water, food, health, work and other rights to protection of their culture and identity. ”

-Read full article here

-Also, the original Amnesty International report covering human rights abuse at the mines published Feb 2010 can be found at their site or as a pdf: click here

Source:  http://www.amnesty.org

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