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Rights protests aim to swamp Vedanta AGM

Author: William MacNamara, Financial Times, Published on: 27 July 2010

A band of celebrities, human rights organisations and concerned investors plans to swamp Wednesday’s annual meeting of Vedanta to voice long-escalating complaints about what they see as the Indian miner’s persecution of a nature-worshipping tribe in India. Bianca Jagger will read a letter on behalf of tribal elders from the Dongria Kondh, a tribe that allegedly opposes the...group’s plans to build a bauxite mine on their homeland in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa state. Vedanta disputes this claim...MS Mehta, Vedanta’s chief executive, on Tuesday denied all claims made by human rights groups including Survival International, Amnesty International, and Actionaid. He said: “There is no shred of truth here”

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