[atp-news] Fw: [tribal-India] Mizoram Tribal Body May Oppose Burma's Gas Pipeline

Petra Bursee (Adivasi-Tee-Projekt) petra.bursee at adivasi-tee-projekt.org
Mit Jul 14 14:46:39 CEST 2004

Liebe ATPlerInnen,
hier die Meldung zu einer geplanten Gas Pipeline von Burma nach Indien und zum geplanten Widerstand der Adivasi in Mizoram im Nordosten Indiens. 
Liebe Grüße, Petra

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(Indigenous Peoples' Centre for Policy and Human Rights in India's North

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July 5, Mizzima News
Tribal Body May Oppose Burma's Gas Pipeline - Nava Thakuria

Bangladesh may allow the gas pipeline from Burma to India, but a tribal
body of Mizoram province of NE India has come on the way for the ambitious
project. Alleging that the proposed gas pipeline would damage the ecology
of the region, the North East Chapter of Human Rights Network of
Indigenous-Tribal Peoples has decided to oppose the move.

A proposal has been placed to carry natural gas from the Arakan state of
western Burma to India through the Indian states Mizoram and Tripura
before continuing to Bangladesh. South Korea's Daewoo International
Company and the Gas Authority of India Ltd have been working for the
project, that enables to transfer over 1000 billion cubic meters of gas
>from Arakan state. The Daewoo International Company already signed an
agreement with the military junta of Burma in 2000 for gas exploration in
the country.

In the beginning Bangladesh was skeptical about the project, but in the
recent past Begum Khaleda Zia, leader of the government, has shown
interest in the project. Now the Human Rights Network of Indigenous-Tribal
Peoples and other environment-human rights conscious people of Mizoram are
opposing the project. The NE chapter chief of the rights body, R.
Thangmawia expresses concern about the project, as "it would ensure the
destruction of environment in Mizoram."

More over, the leader cites Article 42 of the Indian Constitution that
specifically states that the government must "protect from social
injustice and all forms of exploitation" indigenous people, such as
scheduled caste and tribes.

"If the pipeline is established on a way through Mizoram (and Tripura), it
will affect about 4000 square km of land as five kilometers on both sides
of the pipeline will have to be declared protected areas. It is estimated
the pipeline will go 400 km inside Mizoram," explained R. Thangmawia.

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