Title India: The "Enron project" in Maharashtra: protests suppressed in the name of development
Publisher Amnesty International
Publication Date 17 July 1997
Country India
Topics Arbitrary arrest and detention | Criminal justice | Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment | Freedom of assembly and association | Freedom of conscience | International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) | Police
Citation / Document Symbol ASA 20/031/1997
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Cite as Amnesty International, India: The "Enron project" in Maharashtra: protests suppressed in the name of development, 17 July 1997, ASA 20/031/1997, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6a9884.html [accessed 18 January 2018]
Comments Amnesty International believes that the right of individuals to peacefully protest against the construction of a power plant by the Dabhol Power Company (DPC) in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra is being curtailed. The DPC is a joint venture between three US-based multinational corporations. In recent months protestors and activists, many of them women, have been subjected to harassment, arbitrary arrest, preventive detention under the ordinary criminal law and ill-treatment. Human rights defenders organising the protests have been targeted and their freedom of movement has been curtailed. Amnesty International is calling on the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra to ensure the right of human rights defenders throughout India to peacefully protest without fear of ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest, preventive detention or other forms of harassment. The organization is also calling on the three multinational corporations to ensure that any security staff subcontracted to, seconded to or employed by the company, are trained in human rights and are fully accounable for their actions.
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