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SPEAKING OUT AGAINST NUCLEAR OPPRESSION IN SOLIDARITY WITH CONCERNED CITIZENS AND PEACE ACTIVISTS AGAINST THE DANGERS OF THE KOODANKULAM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Thousands of people including the elderly, women and children are protesting against the commissioning of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant in south India. They are protesting in extreme conditions against the anti-people and opaque practices followed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, the Tamil Nadu state and Indian central governments. They have been met with police intimidation, state violence, false charges and imprisonment for peacefully airing their views and demanding their democratic rights. Police have lathi charged them into the sea and fired tear gas and water cannons at them. They have been maligned as violent when it is the state who is using threats, weapons and violence against them. One fisherman in Tuticorin has been shot dead, another young girl has been trampled to death, and many have been injured. Police are arbitrarily picking up people and taking them to prison for interrogations and issuing unwarranted summons. Protests are spreading nationally and internationally.

People in the village next to the nuclear power plant, Idinthikarai, have been protesting peacefully for over a year now, after the first series of protest began in 1988. They have had several hunger strikes including a relay one since August 2011. Their health fast deteriorated in the extreme summer heat and some of them have been admitted to hospital.  About 23,000 people have surrendered their voter cards in protest. Their families were later  denied use of their ration cards with access to essential provisions such as food. Despite official promises, their demands about the legality and safety of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) have not been met. 

The Indian government has announced that the first reactor at Koodankulam will go critical in September. More than 55,000 people have been falsely charged including for sedition and 'war against the state'. This makes a travesty of democracy.

Please sign the petition and express your support for those who are wrongfully charged for voicing an opinion against nuclear reactors and for those forced to live next to nuclear reactors in a tsunami, volcanic and earthquake zone where there is a water shortage.

Organise, protest, contact media, human and environmental rights organisations, social networks, politicians, locally and globally including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pmindia@pmindia.nic.in, manmohan@sansad.nic.in and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa (Chief Secretary cs@tn.gov.in Additional Chief Secretary cmcell@tn.gov.in  )

This appeal is not from any movement under a ‘foreign hand’ but from people holding hands in solidarity across the world. We support the development of India but only when it is on safe, equitable and sustainable grounds. As Chernobyl and Fukushima have shown, nuclear dangers are a global and human concern, not simply a national one.

Wind power is already providing double the amount of electricity than from nuclear reactors and at a fraction of the cost to the tax payer, the environment and health without producing any dangerous waste. Wind power even supplies electricity to the Koodankulam nuclear township.

This petition demands a commitment and definite time-frame as to the following:

[1] The ongoing work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) must be halted and the following steps must be taken immediately.

[2] As the Central Information Commission (CIC) has instructed the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), the accurate and full versions of the Safety Analysis Report and the Site Evaluation Report must be released to the public immediately. And the full and final post-Fukushima safety audit report must also be released to the press and the public.

[3] A new and comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report must be commissioned as the one that the DAE has released after 23 years of struggle is incomplete, erroneous and outdated. The Tamil and Malayalam translations of the new EIA must be shared with the local people and the Press in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

[4] The opinions and preferences of the project-affected people must be heard by a competent authority in an open, transparent and democratic manner.

[5] An independent national committee must be constituted to study the issues of geology, hydrology, oceanography and seismology involved in the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

[6] Disaster management training and evacuation exercises must be conducted in the 30-km radius of the Koodankulam plants and beyond in the wake of the recent earthquake all over Tamil Nadu and India.

[7] A Tamil Nadu State Assembly Resolution must be passed that the Pechipparai dam water from Kanyakumari District and the Tamirabharani river water from Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi Districts will not be taken for the KKNPP reactors.

[8] A copy of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on liability secretly signed between the governments of India and Russia must be made available to the project-affected public.

[9] Complete and truthful information must be given to the local people and the citizens of India about nuclear waste that would be produced at the Koodankulam plants and its management.

[10] All the false cases against the members of the struggle committee and the common people must be withdrawn immediately and unconditionally. People that peacefully protested against the nuclear plant are still languishing in prison and must be released immediately. 


 [11] The local people's right to protest peacefully and nonviolently against the KKNPP and other related issues must be respected and honored. And no more false cases and other intimidatory exercises should be used against the struggling people.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter to
Central Government, India PM Manmohan Singh
Central Government, India PM Manmohan Singh
Chief Secretary CM Dr. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu state government, India
and 4 others
Additional Chief Secretary CM Dr. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu state government, India
District Collector, Tirunelveli Dr R Selvaraj
Commissioner of Police Mr J K Tripathy
Home Minister of India Dr P Chidambaram
I just signed the following petition addressed to: PM Manmohan Singh, & CM Dr. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Drop charges and harassment of peaceful activists, institute independent and transparent committee on hydrology, geology, seismology and oceanography of the region for nuclear reactors
at Koodankulam

Honorable sir/madam
Thousands of people including the elderly, women and children are protesting against the commissioning of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant in south India. They are staying outside the walls in extreme conditions against the anti-people and opaque practices followed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, the Tamil Nadu state and Indian central governments. They have been met with police intimidation, state violence, false charges and imprisonment for peacefully airing their views and demanding their democratic rights. Police have lathi charged them into the sea and fired tear gas and water cannons at them. One fisherman in Tuticorin has been shot dead, another young girl has been trampled to death, and many have been injured. Police are arbitrarily picking up people and taking them to prison for interrogations and issuing unwarranted summons.Protests are spreading nationally and internationally.

People in Idinthikarai have been protesting peacefully for many months now after the first series of protest began in 1988. They have had several hunger strikes including a relay one since August 2011. Their health fast deteriorated in the extreme summer heat and some of them have been admitted to hospital. About 23,000 people have surrendered their voter cards in protest. Their families were later denied use of their ration cards with access to essential provisions such as food. Despite official promises, their demands about the legality and safety of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) have not been met. Instead, more than 55,000 people have been falsely charged including for sedition and 'war against the state'. This makes a travesty of democracy.

This is an urgent appeal for justice and the following of proper and transparent procedures regarding the safety and review of environmental aspects of the nuclear power plant by a fully independent committee. This petition is not from any movement under a ‘foreign hand’ but from ordinary people holding hands in solidarity across the world. As Chernobyl and Fukushima have shown, nuclear dangers are a global and human concern, not simply a national one.

We earnestly support the development of India but there are alternate models of developments - affordable, equitable, safe and sustainable - that India can profitably pursue.

We demand that all people picked up arbitarily by Police in relation to the Koodankulam protests be released immediately.

We demand that those imprisoned in relation to Koodankulam protests be released immediately.

We demand that artificial summons against innocent protesters be stopped immediately.

We demand that people stop being harrassed and intimidated by the Police.

This is making a national and worldwide disgrace of Indian democracy.

We demand a commitment and definite time frame as to the following:
[1] The ongoing work and fuel loading at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) must be halted and the following steps must be taken immediately.

[2] As the Central Information Commission (CIC) has instructed the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), the accurate, full and final versions of the Safety Analysis Report and the Site Evaluation Report must be released to the public immediately. And the full and final post-Fukushima safety audit report must also be released to the press and the public.

[3] A new and comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report must be commissioned as the one that the DAE has released after 23 years of struggle is incomplete, erroneous and outdated. The Tamil and Malayalam translations of the new EIA must be shared with the local people and the Press in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

[4] The opinions and preferences of the project-affected people must be heard by a competent authority in an open, transparent and democratic manner.

[5] An independent and transparent national committee must be constituted to study the issues of geology, hydrology, oceanography and seismology involved in the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

[6] Disaster management training and evacuation exercises must be conducted amongst all residents in the 30-km radius of the Koodankulam plants and beyond in the wake of the recent earthquake all over Tamil Nadu and India.

[7] A Tamil Nadu State Assembly Resolution must be passed that the Pechipparai dam water from Kanyakumari District and the Tamirabharani river water from Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi Districts will not be taken for the KKNPP reactors.

[8] A copy of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on liability secretly signed between the governments of India and Russia must be made available to the project-affected public.

[9] Complete and truthful information must be given to the local people and the citizens of India about nuclear waste that would be produced at the Koodankulam plants and its management.

[10] All the false cases against the members of the struggle committee and the common people must be withdrawn immediately and unconditionally.

[11] The local people's right to protest peacefully and non-violently against the KKNPP and other related issues must be respected and honored. And no more false cases and other intimidatory exercises should be used against the struggling people.

Wind power is already providing double the amount of electricity than from nuclear reactors and at a fraction of the cost, including even to the Koodankulam nuclear township. We urge you to invest in the viability of alternative power, and not unwisely resort to expensive, dangerous and relatively short-term fixes such as nuclear power.

Thank you

Sincerely,