Vedanta Zambian pollution appeal
Supreme Court, London. Tue 15th Jan 2019
Two campaigners had stayed outside to hold the banner while the morning
session was taking place
Vedanta lost the case and the High Court appeal and campaigners hope
the Supreme Court will also uphold the
finding that Vedanta, a company registered in the UK can be taken
to court here for the actions of their subsidiary in Zambia
Campaigners who have been listening to the case come out for lunch
but first they pose outside
holding posters about Konkola Copper Mines, owned by Vedanta, who
have polluted the River Kafue since 2004
with excessive levels of copper, cobalt and manganese, causing sickness
and deaths, birth deformities and
damage to property and loss of income.
1,826 farmers from Zambia want to bring an action against Vedanta
in the UK courts as Vedanta is a UK
registered company. Formerly listed and supported by the FCA as well
as the UK governement who have
lobbied in Indai on its behalf, Vedanta de-listed itself last August
as it seemed certain otherwise to have been
shortly delisted over a massacre of Indian protesters against the
company's activities there.
Foil Vedanta, who organised this protest, published an extensive and
damning report on the company's activities
last Summer, and several years ago uncovered its false accounting
in Zambia showing it to be making
considerable profits there while reporting a loss to the Zambian government
to avoid taxes.
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