India’s regulatory bodies have intervened in many cases where the operations of the company’s subsidiaries are not in compliance with India’s laws. Communities affected by the company’s operations have protested and taken action to defend their rights. Vedanta then failed to persuade the authorities to grant clearance to set up a bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa and to expand its nearby alumina refinery in Lanjigarh.
In this briefing, Amnesty International repudiates Vedanta’s attempts to exonerate itself, and renews its recommendations to address the persistent human rights concerns associated with the company’s operations in Orissa. The briefing draws on evidence received from communities affected by those operations and on the findings of non-compliance by India’s regulatory authorities and other official bodies. Most of this evidence relates to the period 2010-2012.