Sterlite fracas: Companies can’t ignore human rights
'This is a case of a community that has every right to protest and seek answers and redress, and a business that has every right to do business according to the law of the landbut, equally, ensure compliance with human rights'
Here’s something about firing from someone else’s shoulder. On 21 May in Thoothukudi, a fisheries, port and industry hub in south-eastern Tamil Nadu, police shot dead 11 protesters and injured over 50. A crowd estimated at 20,000 was protesting the planned expansion of Sterlite Industries Ltd’s copper smelter in the area, to double production to 800,000 tonnes a year.