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India's rejection of Vedanta's bauxite mine is a victory for tribal rights [India]

India's decision to reject a London miner's request to mine bauxite on tribal land marks a major victory for human rights in the country. For too long, tribal communities have been pushed off their land in the name of development and industrialisation, their attempts to defend their lands brushed aside or brutally suppressed. The Dongria Kondh's determination to protect Niyamgiri hills from themining heavyweight Vedanta Resources has paid off, despite the state government's complicity in the $2bn project…The 8,000-strong community has been campaigning against the mining project for almost a decade amid alleged intimidation by paramilitary police and local goons.

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