Campaign for fair national mineral policy

Initiative to make sure principle of intergenerational equity is made a priority

An alliance of institutions, NGOs and communities have jointly launched The Future We Need Campaign, a initiative to make intergenerational equity an essential part of the country’s new National Mineral Policy. Read more

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Brinda asks tribals to fight for their rights

“Struggles have become inevitable,” she said and threatened to intensify agitation against GO Ms. No. 97 authorising the AP Mineral Development Corporation to mine bauxite ore from Sapparla and other blocks on the Andhra-Odisha border. “We will not allow others to lay their hands on natural resources over which only tribal people have the right come what may,” she declared. Read more

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Protecting the rights of tribals

Recently, Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA), an Emirati investor, initiated an investment treaty arbitration (ITA) claim against India under the India-UAE Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), seeking compensation of $44.71 million. This claim arose after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Andhra Pradesh and RAKIA to supply bauxite to Anrak Aluminum Limited, in which RAKIA has 13% shareholding, was cancelled, allegedly due to the concerns of the tribal population in those areas. Read more

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Guides at Borra Caves an unhappy lot

In 1993, about 20 adivasis were recruited by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department as guides for the Archean age (4000 to 2500 million years) Borra Caves, located in the Anantagiri hills of Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam agency. Read more

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Can India benefit from a human rights framework for business?

On 26 June 2014, the government made a commitment at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), when it voted in favour of a resolution to establish an open-ended inter-governmental working group to negotiate a legally binding international treaty to impose human rights obligations on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises.

Even as the second anniversary of the date approaches, India is yet to put in place a human rights framework for businesses at home. Read more

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