India: The "Enron project" in Maharashtra: protests suppressed in the name of development
In recent months protestors and activists, many of them women, have been subjected to harassment, arbitrary arrest, preventive detention and ill-treatment during protests against the construction of a power plant by the Dabhol Power Company (DPC) in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. The DPC is a joint venture between three US-based multinational corporations. Amnesty International is calling on the Governments of India and Maharashtra to ensure the rights of activists and human rights defenders to peacefully protest without fear of being subjected to human rights violations. AI is also calling on the three multinational corporations to ensure that any security staff subcontracted to, or employed by the company, are trained in human rights and are held fully accountable for their actions.