In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India today (18-4-2013) refused to allow the UK based Mining giant: Vedanta to source its mineral requirement for its alumina refinery plant from the Niyamgiri Hills of Kalahandi District of Orissa till it has obtained an approval from the Gram Sabha (general assembly) of villagers in accordance with the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
At the Second Meeting of the Focal Points of the signatory countries of the LAC P10 Declaration, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Columbia joined the Principle 10 Legal Declaration, bringing the number of countries to join the Latin America and Caribbean Principle 10 Declaration to 14.
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Without the right laws and safeguards in place, development can come at the expense of the environment and local communities. This point is especially evident in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Newspapers across the region regularly document conflicts over land and natural resource use, hydroelectric power development, oil exploitation, expansion of agriculture into virgin forests, and the disruption of indigenous practices.
Save Mon Region Federation and Ors Vs Union of India and Ors M.A 104 of 2012. Judgment dated 14-3-2013