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Dhabhol Power Plant - India
"Many energy companies have invested in closed or repressive countries -- arguing that their investment would help develop the local economy and thereby improve the human rights situation. But in this case, Enron has invested in a democratic country -- and human rights abuses there have increased. Enron hasn't made things better for human rights; it has made things worse." Summary and Recommendations
Table of Contents

Key Individuals Named in this Report

I. Summary and Recommendations

II. Background: New Delhi and Bombay

III. Background to the Protests: Ratnagiri District

IV. Legal Restrictions Used to Suppress Opposition to the Dabhol Power Project

V. Ratnagiri: Violations of Human Rights 1997

VI. The Applicable Laws

VII. Complicity: The Dabhol Power Corporation

VIII. Responsibility: Financing Institutions and the Government of the United States

IX. Conclusion

Appendix A: Correspondence Between Human Rights Watch and the Export-Import Bank of the United States

Appendix B: Report of the Cabinet Sub-Committee to Review the Dabhol Power Project

Appendix C: Selected Recommendations and Conclusions from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy, May 29, 1995

Appendix D: Correspondence Between the Government of India and the World Bank

To the Government of the United States

· Publicly condemn all human rights violations that occurred as a result of the Dabhol Power project and urge the Indian government to investigate allegations of human rights violations.

· Make public the human rights impact assessment conducted by the Export-Import Bank of the United States on the Dabhol Power project under the human rights policy of the Export-Import Bank.

· Verify and make public whether the Export-Import Bank of the United States considered information about human rights before extending financing to the Dabhol Power project, as required under Section 2(b)(1)(B) of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945.

· Verify and make public whether the Department of State conducted a study of human rights and provided this information to the Export-Import Bank, as required under Export-Import Bank policy.

· Amend legislation governing transactions by the Export-Import Bank of the United States to ensure that human rights violations are a condition for suspension of U.S. government assistance to transnational corporations.

· Conduct an audit, through the General Accounting Office or other government agencies, of all public funds used to finance the Dabhol Power project.