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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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Media Coverages on Hmar People’s Objection to Oil Exploration in Tipaimukh Region of Churachandpur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur   

Public hearing on oil exploration in Hmar Hills meets cold reception

The Refinery News, 22 November 2012

http://refinerynews.com/public-hearing-on-oil-exploration-in-hmar-hills-meets-cold-reception/

Special Report by Lalramsan Hmar

 

After an incident at Nungba where a Public Hearing was boycotted by the villagers, the state government has taken measures so as to check any repeated incident by deploying huge numbers of army personnel, police and IRB.

 

One of the journalists who attended the hearing said that the way uniform personnel roamed around and asked the identity of people is like we are in the midst of military show down. Answering why there was so much security, T.T Zuola, OC of Tipaimukh Sub-Division said that they were informed that some group have planned to dismantle the bridges and tried to create disturbance they were told to be presented with his men.

 

Henii Paul, an IRB officer at Jiribam had said that he came to the place with 20 IRB, 15-20 Assam Rifles, 21 police and DC’s security 12-15 in numbers were present at the village today. Before the hearing, a group of journalists and activists met chairman of the Joint Action Committee, Lalawilien Hmar who is also the president of Hmar Inpui (Hmar Supreme House). During the interaction, the chairman said: “The aim of Jubilant Oil Gas Pvt. Ltd trying to explore our land that too without informing the inhabitants is unwelcome and we will fight for our rights to safeguard our land and forest from deforestation.’

 

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Let the Last Free-Flowing Stretch of the Teesta Run Freely PDF Print E-mail
Written by International Rivers   

The Teesta River has become a contested battleground between the government and the indigenous Lepcha and Bhutia communities in Sikkim, India. The government of India hopes to dam the last free-flowing 13 kms (8 miles) of the Teesta River for hydropower. Already over 71 kms (44 miles) of the river – which flows through earthquake-prone, ecologically and geologically fragile terrain – is either in reservoirs or diverted through tunnels for hydropower generation.

 

The Lepchas were the earliest inhabitants of Sikkim. The Dzongu tribal reserve, part of the Kanchenjunga biosphere reserve, is an indispensable part of their sacred landscape, a landscape in which rivers – including the Teesta – and mountain peaks are places where life originates and where the souls of their ancestors reside. The Lepchas – now a minority in their own land – have sustained strong resistance in the form of a long and peaceful protest to save their sacred river and prevent the desecration and defilement of their sacred landscape. To protect their cultural identity, Dzongu is recognized under the Indian constitution as a reserve for the indigenous Lepcha tribe.

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Media Coverage of Tamenglong Protest Against Oil Exploration in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   

Tamenglong against oil exploration

Source: The Sangai Express, 8 November 2012

http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=3..081112.nov12

 

Imphal, November 07 2012: Amidst heavy security arrangements and strong people's opposition, the environmental public hearing on Exploratory Oil Drilling and Allied Activities in Manipur was held today at Mini Stadium here today. The public hearing organised by Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) was held in two sessions for AA-ONN 2009/1 and AA-ONN 2009/2(code names of the Production Sharing Contract signed between GoI and JOGPL) respectively conducted at the venue amid heavy security deployment.

 

Besides district police, police commandos and personnel of MR/IRB from Imphal were deployed as additional security cover. Meanwhile, a protest rally against oil exploration in Manipur and public hearing was staged at the district headquarters and a public meeting was also held against the said public hearing.

 

All shops and business establishments remained close for the day to protest the public hearing.

 

The rally which began from public ground ended at Jadonang Park where a brief public meeting against oil exploration was held. The protestors numbering around 500 shouted slogans like 'Stop Oil Exploration in Manipur', 'Go back Jubilant Energy', 'Withdraw PSC contracts and PEL licenses awarded to Jubilant Energy' .

 

DC of Tamenglong, C Arthur W presided over as chairman of the panel members. Environmental Engineer of MPCB T Mangi, Asset Manager Manipur of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt Ltd (JOGPL) Tejinder Singh were the members of the panel and Member Secretary of MPCB, K Jagadishore was the Convenor of the panel.

 

In the first session, (AA-ONN 2009/1) Ajay Bisen on behalf of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt. Ltd., NOIDA, made a powerpoint presentation in English about the salient features of the proposed project. This presentation was also explained in local dialect Rongmei by Joseph Pauline, Addl DC, Tamenglong. Just after the presentation representatives of various civil organizations expressed their strong opposition to the oil exploratory and drilling activities reasoning that the natural resources belonged to the indigenous people.

 

They raised questions and views like why jubilant energy is so interested in working in Manipur despite people's repeated objection to oil exploration and why Govt and Jubilant did not consult the local people as required by the UN resolution on Indigenous Peoples and protection of their natural resources. Companies should sign MoU with each village before oil exploration and the company and state government has made contract to share revenue but without any mentioning of the share of the local people.

 

The representatives of the Jubilant Energy and Panel members did not provide adequate and clear responses to the queries and views expressed by the local participants. Altogether fifty representations against Oil exploration in Manipur were submitted by various village authorities, community organizations and other civil bodies to the Panel members.

 

To a querry on the ownership rights of land and its sub surface resources and the non relevance of the production sharing contract raised by one of the local participant, the chairman of the panel member said the issue will be discussed by the district administration with the state Government.

 

Another querry seeking NOC for seismic surveys by some of the village authorities is being revoked, the company representative said that the same has been received today and the company will honor that. During the hearing, president of the All Zeliangrong Students Union, Assam Manipur Nagaland, Pamei Tingenlung proposed that whoever opposed the oil exploration from among the local participants to rise and raise their objections.

 

In response, the entire participants excluding the panel members and security forces all rose and voiced their strong opposition against the said project. The participants also displayed banners with slogans "NO TO OIL EXPLORATION IN MANIPUR" inside the public hearing hall.

 

In the sideline of today's public hearing, president of All Tribal Students Union Manipur, Muan Tom Bing said that the land belongs to tribals and without the consent of the rightful owners of the land, the oil company and the government should stop all oil exploration and drilling activities in Manipur. He also said that all the tribals of Manipur at any cost irrespective of areas will stand against the said project. It may be recalled that indigenous communities of Jiribam, Churachandpur and Tamenglong strongly protested the public hearings for oil exploration organized by the MPCB at Jiribam, Parbung and Nungba on 31 July, 8 and 17 August 2012 respectively. The Public Hearing for Nungba was forced to cancel to due to stiff community objections and protest.

 

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Declaration of One Day Consultation on Hydrocarbon Exploration in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   

We, the participants of the One Day Consultative Meeting on Hydrocarbon Exploration in Our Land at Mini Stadium Tamenglong District Headquarters, Manipur on 6th November 2012 hereby:

 

Reaffirm the Resolutions of the Jiribam Meet, Nungba meet and State Level Convention on Petroleum Exploration in Manipur, Imphal on 22nd December 2012, 14th March 2012 and 16th July 2012, which resolved against Oil exploration in Jiribam (Imphal East), Churachandpur and Tamenglong district, Manipur.

 

Recall the strong objections of indigenous communities in Tamenglong, Jiribam (Imphal East) and Churachandpur Districts of Manipur against oil and petroleum Exploration in Manipur in all previous environmental public hearings on 31st July 2012 at Jiribam, 8th and 17th August 2012 at Parbung and Nungba respectively.

 

Recall the written statement of the Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong District, representatives of Manipur Pollution Control Board, Government of Manipur and Jubilant Oil and Gas Private Limited on 17th August 2012 to cancel environment public hearings once for all due to community objections to oil and petroleum exploration and related environmental public hearings.

 

Condemn the consistent move of the Government and Jubilant Oil and Gas Private Limited to forcefully organize Environment Public Hearings forcibly with full reliance on Indian security forces.

 

We further resolve to Call upon the Government of India, Government of Manipur and Jubilant Oil and Gas Private Limited to fully:

• Respect the voices and wishes of the communities of Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Jiribam to stop all hydrocarbon /Petroleum Exploration and Drilling in Manipur

• Urge the Government of India to stop pursuing all forms of unsustainable and destructive development which rely on military and militarization processes

• Respect and protect the indigenous peoples' inherent rights over their land and resources and allow them to decide their future, development priorities and rights based on their wishes and aspirations with due respect of their right to free, prior and informed consent and ownership of their land.

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Media coverage of Mapithel Dam November Protest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

Rally against false verification process over Mapithel Dam

Source: Hueiyen News Service, the 3 November 2012

http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=23..031112.nov12

 

Imphal, November 02 2012: Terming the verification process of the Mapithel Dam affected villagers of Chadong Village under Ukhrul district being carried out by a Joint Verification team led by Ukhrul DC as false and full of flaws, a protest rally was taken out at Chadong village today. Defying the CrPC-144 clamped in Chadong village, around 200 villagers gathered in front of Chadong Catholic Church and started the rally from there.

 

As soon as the rally started, police tried to disperse the crowd and prevent them from carrying out the rally by using mock bombs and tear gas. In order to avoid any unwanted incident from happening, the protestors concluded their rally at the playground of Chadong Baptist Church itself.

 

Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the rally, David Kashung, Village Authority member, observed that while trying to compensate the villagers whose houses have been submerged by the dam, the state government has caused distrust among the people of the village.

 

Even some of the people who do not belong to the village and those women who have got married to other villages are applying for compensation disguising themselves as widow.

 

The expectation of the villagers has been shattered by such discrepancies in the verification process.

 

Ramthar Kashung, another protestor, informed that the Joint Verification team never asked for proof of identification during the verification process. He demanded that the ongoing verification process should be immediately halted and the compensation to the affected villagers should be given in accordance to the decision of the Expert Review Committee.

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India: Urgent Appeal to Stop Forceful Eviction and Involuntary Relocation of Villagers Affected by Mapithel Dam in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

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Incident: Threats of forceful eviction and involuntary relocation of villages of Riha, Thawai, Lamlai Khullen, Chadong along the Thoubal River in Ukhrul District, Manipur by the Mapithel Dam of Thoubal Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project

 

Perpetrator: Government of Manipur & Government of India

 

Victims: Affected Villagers of Mapithel Dam along the Thoubal River in Mapithel Range and Valley

 

Date and Month: October 2012

 

Source of Urgent Appeal: Mapithel Dam Affected Villagers Organization and the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur, Keisampat, Imphal Manipur

 

Event Description: The Government of Manipur is threatening to forcefully evict and relocate the villagers of Chadong, Lamlai Khullen in Ukhrul District of Manipur by the ongoing Mapithel Dam construction of the Thoubal Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project using law enforcing agencies of Manipur and Indian military and silencing the voices of affected communities along the Thoubal River and Mapithel Range for demanding holistic impact assessment due to Mapithel dam, just rehabilitation and resettlement, full review of Mapithel dam construction and resumption of the Expert Review Committee formed on 18 January 2008. The controversial Mapithel Dam is being built over Thoubal River at the tri junction of Ukhrul, Senapati and Imphal East Districts of Manipur in India’s North East.

 

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