India: Open letter to Orissa authorities on providing adequate information and ensuring effective consultation with local communities on the human rights impact of Vedanta’s proposed alumina refinery expansion
The Government of Orissa will hold a public hearing in April 2009 on the proposed six-fold expansion of Vedanta Aluminium Limited’s alumina refining plant. The Pollution Control Board’s investigation into complaints about the existing refinery has revealed serious issues. Amnesty International considers that these issues point to violations of the right to water and right to health. The organization is urging the Government of Orissa to impartially evaluate the possible human rights impact of the existing refinery and its proposed expansion on the local communities and make the findings public.