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20 Jun 2011

Movement to Defend Khimki Forest (EcoOborona) and CEE Bankwatch Network

[PDF] Letter reiterating Vinci's failure to respect Global Compact commitments on human rights [Russia]

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...We wrote to the Global Compact...regarding Vinci's non-compliance with its Global Compact Commitments in relation to the first section of the Moscow – St. Petersburg motorway project...Having carefully reviewed Vinci's response, we still believe that the company is not in compliance with its Global Compact commitment...[T]he company has...not undertaken sufficient steps to prevent human rights abuses and unnecessary environmental destruction and has therefore made itself complicit in these abuses...[I]t is disingenuous to try to argue that the company is not aware of any link between the violence and the project...[P]eaceful activists have been attacked at the very site of the preparation works by security guards and unidentified thugs hired by the company which is contracted to do the preparation works for this very project. That unidentified thugs were hired by the company Teplotekhnik, now DorInzhStroyProjekt, has been acknowledged by the company's head, Mr Alexander Semchenko...Vinci had a choice whether to sign a contract for a project where the route was vigorously opposed by local people and had not been subject to a formal environmental impact assessment process taking public comments into account...NWCC's own study showed that the Khimki Forest route option was the most environmentally harmful. However the company went ahead with the project.