//U.N. Rights Experts Concerned Over Indian Dam Project

U.N. Rights Experts Concerned Over Indian Dam Project

April 14, 2006 4:43 p.m. EST, Shaveta Bansal – All Headline News Contributor

Geneva, Switzerland (AHN) – The United Nations human rights experts want India to stop the construction of the Narmada Valley dam project, which will submerge the homes and land of tens of thousands of people.

The three U.N. experts, Hina Jilani, Miloon Kothari and Rodolfo Stavenhagen, pointed to an Indian Supreme Court judgment in 2000 which banned construction to raise the dam’s height until 35,000 villagers were resettled and given cultivable land.

"According to reports received, adequate rehabilitation has not yet been provided for those affected at the current dam-height, many of them indigenous peoples and farmers," they said on Thursday.

Questioning the authorities’ about the handling of protests against the dam, U.N. experts said that they were "seriously concerned" about a crackdown on the hunger strikers by environmental activist Medha Patekar and other campaigners on April 5.