Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Amnesty International and Action Aid vs Vedanta

Protesters: Amnesty International and Action Aid

Target: Vedanta

Location: Vedanta HQ, London

Date: 27 July

The lowdown

Mining company Vedanta's AGM was disturbed by campaigners protesting against the Indian mining firm's environmental and human rights record. Dozens of people picketed Vedanta's HQ and chanted slogans. Some stood outside waving a banner calling for the arrest of Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal.

Why the protest?

Vedanta's management was attacked for its poor safety record, disregard for human rights and pollution at factories across the sub-continent. In particular, the protest groups are demanding Vedanta scraps plans to build a bauxite mine in Orissa, eastern India, on land deemed sacred by the indigenous Dongria Kondh tribe. Protesters are also opposed to the expansion of an aluminium refinery in the same area.

How did Vedanta respond?

The board did not answer questions over whether it accepted there had been breaches in the past, but board member Naresh Chandra said: 'Every member of the board is fully committed to maintaining a high standard.'

How did the media cover it?

The Guardian wrote a lengthy piece about the protest, as did Moneycontrol.com. The Evening Standard focused on the campaign's support from former Monty Python star Michael Palin.

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