India mine row embroils Church of England

By Alastair Lawson
BBC News

The idea that there could be any connection between one of India's most remote and inaccessible areas and the Church of England seems improbable, at first glance.

High in the monsoon mists in eastern India, witch doctors in the Niyamgiri hills still make sacrifices to the gods and tribes believe the hills are sacred.

It is a world away from the quiet corridors of Church House - the headquarters of the Church of England in London.

But campaigners say that the lives of indigenous people in India are under threat because of a mining project involving a UK company, in which the Church of England has a £2.5m ($4.1m) stake.

Destroying wildlife

The church has been condemned by campaign groups such as ActionAid and Survival International for investing in the Vedanta company, which is about to start mining bauxite -used for making aluminium - to feed what could become one of the world's biggest refineries nearby.

We don't need a foreign multinational to move into our area and promise jobs and development that are not required.

The company, Vedanta, is also accused of forcing tribal people off the land, damaging the environment and destroying wildlife.

All this on the face of it is highly embarrassing for the Church, which is why its Ethical Investment Advisory Group spokesman Edward Mason chooses his words carefully as he explains that there are no plans at present to withdraw the investment in Vedanta.

"For certain sensitive industries such as mining companies we have a three-year monitoring and engagement process," he said.

"Where we have concerns that standards do not conform to norms of corporate behaviour we prefer to talk to them and bring about change that way."

The church acknowledges that the allegations are "serious".

ActionAid has brought over a member of the Dongria Kondh tribal community to London, to make the case against the mine at Vedanta's annual general meeting in London on Monday. A single share has been bought to enable Sitaram Kulisika to speak at the meeting.

He argues that the mining plans will endanger his community's livelihood.

Full Article Here

Views: 46

Comment

You need to be a member of 12160 Social Network to add comments!

Join 12160 Social Network

Comment by Marklar on July 26, 2009 at 9:49pm
"Where we have concerns that standards do not conform to norms of corporate behaviour we prefer to talk to them and bring about change that way."

Well, pushing people off their land and destroying the environment ARE the norms of corporate behavior so I'm willing to guess they will pass muster.

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Mrs. Tif Morgan posted discussions
1 minute ago
Mrs. Tif Morgan replied to Mrs. Tif Morgan's discussion Antifa Member is Murdered: Then the Group Vandalizes Dem Party Headquarters
"Cool...:)"
4 minutes ago
Mrs. Tif Morgan replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion A Letter to Donald Trump and the Joint Chiefs - 19 October 2019
"Rothschild Bank of England Secretly Controls World’s Money Supply The Bank of England have…"
5 minutes ago
cheeki kea commented on Phyllis Maka's blog post PROOF! British-American Pilgrims Society Behind Lenin and Communism by American for Innovation
"A true and factual conclusion CS."
8 minutes ago
Central Scrutinizer commented on Phyllis Maka's blog post PROOF! British-American Pilgrims Society Behind Lenin and Communism by American for Innovation
""Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss...""
17 minutes ago
Central Scrutinizer replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion A Letter to Donald Trump and the Joint Chiefs - 19 October 2019
"True that Chris..."
21 minutes ago
Chris of the family Masters commented on DallasBC's blog post CANADA'S GREAT TRAITOR
"Our Babylonial names are traded on Stock Exchange like a commodity. It has nothing to do with…"
1 hour ago
cheeki kea commented on DallasBC's blog post CANADA'S GREAT TRAITOR
"All the prime ministers are puppets, they can't even pull their own strings. They are Objects,…"
1 hour ago
Chris of the family Masters replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion A Letter to Donald Trump and the Joint Chiefs - 19 October 2019
"I'm afraid Trump won't do a thing. Netanyahoo won't let him..."
1 hour ago
cheeki kea commented on Phyllis Maka's blog post PROOF! British-American Pilgrims Society Behind Lenin and Communism by American for Innovation
"So, The Old world order is in fact the Same New world order. Very interesting history. "
1 hour ago
Chris of the family Masters posted a discussion

A Letter to Donald Trump and the Joint Chiefs - 19 October 2019

By Anna Von ReitzDear President Trump and Joint Chiefs:   My Uncle Henry was a great guy, but he…See More
1 hour ago
Chris of the family Masters commented on DallasBC's blog post CANADA'S GREAT TRAITOR
"The banksters rule the world. This situation is a carbon copy of Australia. In 1973 'prime…"
2 hours ago
cheeki kea favorited Chris of the family Masters's photo
2 hours ago
JoeG favorited DallasBC's blog post CANADA'S GREAT TRAITOR
3 hours ago
Raz Putin commented on DallasBC's blog post CANADA'S GREAT TRAITOR
"Justin Trudeau his namesake son the present Prime Minister of Canada and George Soros lackey will…"
3 hours ago
Raz Putin favorited DallasBC's blog post CANADA'S GREAT TRAITOR
4 hours ago

© 2019   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted