What we want: Kaladan Movement recommendations

Kaladan Movement recommendations to the Burma government

  1. Conduct fully-participatory consultations with local people: the government of Burma must conduct community consultations along the proposed project route, and further ensure that the concerns and demands of the local people are meaningfully taken into account during project implementation. This should include taking all necessary steps to ensure that the project has the free, prior and informed consent of those living directly in the project area, that alternative options are explored, and that a transparent remedy process for those with project-related grievances is established.
  2. Prevent human rights abuses: the government of Burma must be proactive in ensuring that no human rights abuses occur in connection with the Kaladan Project. This should include human rights due diligence for all elements of the project, and cooperating with the ILO to hold workshops on forced labour and its prevention for all stakeholders (including Indian companies and all project sub-contractors).
  3. Conduct Health, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and make results public: the government of Burma must ensure that comprehensive third-party Health, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments are conducted for all Phases of the Kaladan Project. Further, the name, qualifi cations and methodology employed by the fi rms conducting the impact assessments must be made public, and the fi ndings must be widely distributed in the project area in local languages as appropriate.
  4. Identify and develop a mitigation plan for potential negative health, environmental, social and economic impacts: the government of Burma must be proactive in identifying - through public consultations and third-party Health, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments - and developing policies to mitigate potential negative health, environmental, social and economic impacts that may result from the Kaladan Project. These policies must be widely publicized at the local level.
  5. Prioritize economic development for local residents: the government of Burma must conduct an Economic Impact Analysis for the Kaladan Project, and based on the fi ndings provide economic development assistance to local communities to ensure that they have the capacity to benefi t from new opportunities that may come with the Kaladan Project. These measures should include the provision of low-interest agriculture extension credit, small business loans, and assistance accessing markets in India and other parts of Burma.
  6. Prioritize employment opportunities for local residents: the government of Burma must ensure that local people have access to employment opportunities related to the Kaladan Project. This should include developing quotas on the number of local workers hired during the construction phase, and government-led training programs to ensure that local workers have the skills needed to enter operation and maintenance positions in the future.

Kaladan Movement recommendations to the Indian government

  1. Conduct fully-participatory consultations with local people: the government of India must conduct community consultations along the proposed project route, and further ensure that the concerns and demands of the local people are meaningfully taken into account during project implementation. This should include taking all necessary steps to ensure that the project has the free, prior and informed consent of those living directly in the project area, that alternative options are explored, and that a transparent remedy process for those with project-related grievances is established. Indian companies should be strongly encouraged to run operations in Burma in accordance with Indian national laws, as an example of best practice.
  2. Prevent human rights abuses: the government of India must be proactive in ensuring that no human rights abuses occur in connection with the Kaladan Project. This should include human rights due diligence for all elements of the project, and cooperating with the ILO to hold workshops on forced labour and its prevention for all stakeholders (including Indian companies and all project sub-contractors).
  3. Conduct Health, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and make results public: the government of India must ensure that comprehensive third-party Health, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments are conducted for all Phases of the Kaladan Project. Further, the name, qualifi cations and methodology employed by the fi rms conducting the impact assessments must be made public, and the fi ndings must be widely distributed in the project area in local languages as appropriate.
  4. Identify and develop a mitigation plan for potential negative health, environmental, social and economic impacts: the government of India and Indian implementing companies must be proactive in identifying - through public consultations and thirdparty Health, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments - and acting to mitigate potential negative health, environmental, social and economic impacts that may result from the Kaladan Project.
  5. Prioritize economic development for local residents: the government of India must provide economic development assistance to local communities to ensure that they have the capacity to benefi t from new opportunities that will come with the Kaladan Project. The Indian government should provide technical and fi nancial assistance to ensure that farmers and entrepreneurs from Arakan and Chin States will be able to access markets in India’s Northeast Region as well as the Indian sub-continent through the Kolkata port.
  6. Prioritize employment opportunities for local residents: the government of India must ensure that local people have access to employment opportunities related to the Kaladan Project. Indian companies must follow non-discriminatory labour practices, and prioritize the training of local workers to meet the qualifi cations of ‘skilled’ positions in the future.

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