|"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
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V. Ratnagiri: Violations of Human Rights 1997
Appendix A: Correspondence Between Human Rights Watch and the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Appendix D: Correspondence Between the Government of India and the World Bank
To the Government of India · Respect the rights of all individuals, including those in communities near the Dabhol Power project, to exercise freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and cease harassment of activists opposed to the Dabhol Power project in its current form.
· Allow members of nongovernmental organizations formed to challenge the operations of the transnational corporations to meet and campaign.
· Ensure that the police response to demonstrations and opposition to the Dabhol Power project is in full compliance with international standards.
· Appoint an independent judicial inquiry to determine how the Bombay Police Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Indian Penal Code have been abused in order to suppress freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and to formulate recommendations to ensure that such abuse is prevented.
· Appoint an independent judicial inquiry into the actions of the security forces in Ratnagiri district, make public the findings of the inquiry, bring to trial those found to be responsible for human rights abuses, and ensure that the rights of individuals opposed to the Dabhol Power project are respected.