|"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
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 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.