Protest targets Vedanta mines ‘abuse’

28 August 2012 - 1:00am
Press release

War on Want took part in a demonstration today (Tuesday 28 August) against the alleged human rights violations committed by the London-based global metals and mining giant Vedanta Resources.

Vedanta demo with banner reading

It joined forces with group such as Foil Vedanta, the London Mining Network, Amnesty and Survival International to protest outside the multinational corporation’s annual meeting at the Lincoln Centre in London’s Covent Garden.

Demonstrators accused Vedanta of causing death and displacement on a massive scale, as well as poisoning water and the environment.

The British government and the World Bank also came under attack for helping Vedanta to spread in India, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Ireland and Liberia.

Graciela Romero, international programmes director at War on Want, said: “The London Stock Exchange should ban multinational companies which commit human rights violations and question their corporate governance and ethics.”

London Mining Network researcher Roger Moody said: "Vedanta's annual report says the company regrets six employee and 16 contractor 'losses.' It can't even bring itself to acknowledge these are lives sacrificed to its uncaring pursuit of profit.”

Amnesty deputy director Polly Truscott, commenting on the corporation’s report about its operations in India’s Orissa region, said: “Vedanta may be making the right noises and made a few changes, but the reality is that its new approach remains both meaningless and hollow."

Sreedhar Ramamurthy, who chairs Indian NGO Mines, Minerals and People, said: "This is a company which has been violating corporate governance, financial, human rights, indigenous rights and environmental laws from the beginning.”

Foil Vedanta, which organised the protest, says the firm is owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal and his family through companies in tax havens.

In the face of people’s movements, Vedanta, with UK ministers’ support, is diversifying into iron in Goa, Karnataka and Liberia, zinc in Rajasthan, Namibia, South Africa and Ireland, copper in Zambia and oil in Sri Lanka’s ecologically fragile Mannar region.

Foil Vedanta spokesperson Amarit Wilson said: “The list of Vedanta atrocities is longer than ever and there are massive popular struggles in India and Zambia. Vedanta, like the notorious Lomin in South Africa, is bringing shame on the Stock Exchange.”


Cultural Resistance

Culture can speak truth to power, and create and maintain hope where previously it had been extinguished.

We believe that culture has a crucial role to play in the struggle for a better, socially just world

Latest news

The Soulaliyate movement: Moroccan women fighting land dispossession

14 August 2020 - 3:15pm

The right to land and the modalities of dispossession

Read more

Neocolonial olive production in Tunisia

4 August 2020 - 11:15am

Olive agriculture in Tunisia: the continuation of colonial policies under the flagship of exports

Read more

Join the conversation

Funding settlements, as Abramovich has done, means the forcible transfer of Palestinians, which is a violation of i… 15 min 59 sec ago
'Reclaiming the Food System: The fight for the Right to Food' Catch 's speech on colonial agriculture,… 6 hours 51 min ago
RT : Hugely informative presentation on the right to food in the UK from of - thank you! Watch "R… 7 hours 22 min ago