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Stop Oil Exploration in Manipur – Environment Body

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, May 4,

While appreciating the Government of Manipur on its initiative for development of the state, the Environment Conservation Network has urged the Commerce and Industries Minister Th. Bishwajit to intervene the Oil Exploration works being underway in the state.
In a memorandum submitted to the Minister Th. Bishwajit, the organisation stated that the Oil Exploration works being underway in the state of Manipur need to be immediately stopped as it may cause severe environment degradation and may lead to serious Human Rights violation as it indeed failed to comply the mandatory norms prior to the implementation of the project by the Oil India Limited like the free prior and informed consent under the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous People.
“All the development projects initiated in Manipur often violate the united nations on Rights of the indigenous People and Mandate of the UN working group on Business and Human Rights”, the environmental body said while adding that the government of Manipur must learn the negative impact of oil exploration in Nigeria where the Niger Delta is highly affected due to the ongoing Oil Exploration since 1950s. The people inhabited in Niger Delta are suffering from different diseases , water pollution, land pollution.
The memorandum further questioned the Minister if the people of Manipur have to be sacrificed their lives for the growth of Oil Companies.
It further said that if the government of Manipur , India and the Oil Company fails to respect the rights of the indigenous people inhabited in Manipur then the liability for violating the rights of the indigenous people will fall upon the government of Manipur, India and the oil companies by complying the international law obligation.

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