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India: Open Letter to authorities to withdraw the clearance granted to Vedanta-Orissa Mining Corporation for bauxite mining project which could threaten Dongria Khond indigenous communities at Niyamgiri

, Index number: ASA 20/004/2009

In April 2009, the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India granted an environmental clearance to establish the Lanjigarh bauxite mining project in the Niyamgiri hills. In this open letter Amnesty International requests that the clearance be withdrawn until all necessary measures are taken to ensure that the mining project will not negatively impact the human rights of Indigenous and other communities who may be affected.

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