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19 Dec 2008

Survival International

Complaint to the UK National Contact Point under the Specific Instance Procedure of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

In breach of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Corporations Vedanta Resources plc has failed: (1) to respect the human rights of those affected by its activities in a manner consistent with the host government’s international obligations and commitments...(2) to develop and apply effective self-regulatory practices and management systems that foster a relationship of confidence and mutual trust between enterprises and the societies in which they operate...(3) to engage in adequate and timely communication and consultation with the communities directly affected by its environmental, health and safety policies...Those “affected” by Vedanta’s activities are the 8,000 Dongria Kondh who live in the Niyamgiri Hills.

Part of the following timelines

UK: Govt. criticizes Vedanta for breaching OECD guidelines, not respecting rights of indigenous Dongria Kondh in Orissa mining project.

Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re Dongria Kondh in Orissa)