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On July 3, 2013, ESCR-Net and the International Human Rights Clinic of New York University's School of Law sent a letter to the Cheif Minister of Odisha, India, calling for the suspension of the POSCO-India project unless and until human rights are respected and upheld.

 

Produced by ESCR-Net and the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at NYU School of Law, the report documents the human rights abuses being carried out to facilitate the establishment of the POSCO-India project and the forcible eviction of some 22,000 people in the state of Odisha.

 

Developed thanks to the collective work of ESCR-Net Members

The petition in this public interest litigation (PIL) case cited data from the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra, regarding government practices regarding female sterilization, which lacked counseling or informed consent, lacked pre- and post-operative care, and included unhygienic and un-anesthetized operating conditions, sterilization of minors, coercion and cruelty.  The PIL requested the Court to direct the state governments to comply with the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Guidelines on Standards of Female Sterilization, enacted in October 1999 (“the Guidelines”).

On February 15, 2012, over 250 human rights activists, organizations, academics and independent experts placed an Open Letter in the Indian media to underscore their deep concern about the ongoing violent acquisition of land by the government of Odisha, to make way for the POSCO corporation's integrated steel plant.

On January 25, 2013, ESCR-Net sent an urgent appeal to the Government of India, the POSCO corporation and the Government of Korea to express serious converns about plans by the Indian authorities to proceed with the forced eviction in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha to facilitate the construction of the POSCO steel plant, as well as imminent threats against human rights defenders in the area who have mobilized to protect their lands.

The case was presented by the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) to the Constitutional Court in light of the non-enforcement of a previous decision that established guidelines against sexual harassment at the work place in India: Vishaka vs.