Indian farmers & fishermen to appeal “absolute immunity” of Intl. Finance Corporation over negative impact of coal-fired power plant in US Supreme Court

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28 September 2017

Indian fishermen vow to keep fighting 'devastating' World Bank project

Author: Rina Chandran, Reuters

Farmers and fishermen who sued an arm of the World Bank - for funding an Indian power plant they say hurts their livelihoods - have vowed to appeal a U.S. court ruling that the institution has “absolute immunity”…

The 4,000 megawatt plant has had a “devastating and irreversible impact” on the coastal ecosystem, reducing fish stocks and destroying livelihoods, according to the communities…

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, while noting the damage caused, said it would not reconsider the immunity rule that shields the World Bank group from being sued in the United States.

The communities said they will appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court…

A spokesman for Tata Power said on Thursday that its subsidiary “is in complete compliance with necessary ecological and social parameters of the Indian central and state government, as well as lenders’ performance standards”…  

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27 September 2017

Indian Fishing Communities Will Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Against World Bank Group Challenging “Absolute Immunity”

Author: EarthRights International

Indian fishing communities and farmers represented by EarthRights International (ERI) said today that they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision finding the World Bank Group is entitled to “absolute immunity” from suits in U.S. courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled yesterday that it would not reconsider its immunity rule, despite the fact that one judge has stated that this rule is “wrong.” The D.C. Circuit left standing a decision that the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank Group, could not be sued for its role in the controversial Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant that has devastated communities in Gujarat, India…

“The court’s decision tells the world that the doors of justice are not open to the poor and marginalized when it comes to powerful institutions like IFC,” said Gajendrasinh Jadeja, the head of Navinal Panchayat, a local village involved in the case. “But no one should be above the law.”…

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