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Survival Intl. submission to UK Joint Committee on Human Rights

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20 August 2008

Vedanta response to Survival International media statement

Author: Vedanta Resources

Vedanta has, on several occasions, offered Survival the opportunity to discuss the project with us...Survival has so far not chosen to do so. The Lanjigarh bauxite mining project was thoroughly studied by the Central Government of India as well as the State Government of Orissa. All issues concerning this project were thoroughly reviewed by expert bodies appointed with the concurrence of the Supreme Court of India. There are no outstanding issues and the bauxite mining project has now been approved by the Supreme Court of India. Vedanta is pleased that the project has been approved and is committed to implementing it in accordance with the guidelines and safeguards laid down by the Supreme Court of India.

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30 April 2009

[PDF] Business and Human Rights Evidence to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights

Author: Survival International

There is no doubt that British companies frequently exert an enormous impact on indigenous peoples in developing countries, and that their activities escape effective regulation in both the host country and the United Kingdom…Over the last few years many companies have come to recognise that it is in their own best interests to recognise and respect those rights…There remain companies, however, that cling to the view that…they can safely rely upon their superiority of arms to defeat any indigenous community that confronts them…They think they know that UK laws cannot deter them either. We hope that the JCHR can take effective steps to disabuse them of this notion.

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