The Nepal Digest - Jan 17, 1995 (3 Magh 2051 BkSm)

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*************************************************************************** From: (Purushottam Subedi (CS 555)) Subject: Information on Arun III project To: Date: Sun, 15 Jan 1995 00:35:08 -0500 (EST)

  (Following information is supplied by Nepal Human Rights Committee-USA. The information is also in The Nepali Literature Home Page on WWW at the following http address: You need to follow the hot links
"NepalHuman Rights Committee-USA" then "Arun III". The latest copy of Nepal Today published by NHRC-USA can also be found there.)
                                ARUN III:
                           (unedited version)
                              July 31, 1994
                             Washington, DC

     The following information on the World-Bank supported mega hydro-el-ectric project in Nepal has been compiled by Gopal Siwakoti, Executive Director of Kathmandu-based International Institute for Human Rights, Environment and Development (INHURED INTERNATIONAL) and a founding member of the Arun Concerned Group, with the main objective of providing detailed information about Nepal's most controversial "development" project in history for the benefit of those who have access to e-mail as well as to those who would like to participate in the debate.

     On the basis of the following information and your own independent sources, we would like to request you to:

1. Express your concerns in writing to the government of Nepal, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other bilateral donors
(Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden); 2. Urge the donors not to reach into any final decision on Arun III before it is fully debated in and approved by the new Parliament to be elected in November 1994; 3. Publicize Arun III issues in your network, e.g. your own E- Mail network, and publications.

     We appreciate very much if you could send us a copy of your appeal or publications on Arun III, if any, at Arun Concerned Group, P.O. Box 2125, Kathmandu, Nepal.

More information can be obtained by contacting in the following addresses:
                             Gopal Siwakoti
                          INHURED International
                     P.O. Box 2125, Kathmandu, Nepal
                Tel: (977-1) 419610, Fax: (977-1) 412538
                          Arun Concerned Group
                (c/o INHURED International, Secretariat)
                            Purushottam Subedi
                     Nepal Human Rights Committee-USA
                              Bikash Pandey
                           Alliance for Energy
                              P.O. Box 2772
                       Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
                           Fax: (977-1) 220161
                               Lori Udall
                      International Rivers Network
                       1025 Vermont Ave., NW #300
                          Washington, DC 20005
                Tel: (202) 783-7400, Fax: (202) 879-4293
                      e-mail: irndc @


Section 1 Arun III: An Introduction and Issues of Concern
        Arun Concerned Group

Section 2 NGO Presentation at the World Bank Consultation
     (a) Issues Regarding Access to Information and Public Participation
         on Arun III
        Gopal Siwakoti, Arun Concerned Group
     (b) Arun III and Alternatives of Energy Development in Nepal
        Bikash Pandey, Alliance for Energy & ITDG
     (c) Arun III and Its Environmental and Social Impacts
        Ganesh Ghimire, Arun Concerned Group

Section 3 Joint Appeal to the Executive Director of the World Bank

Section 4 Joint Appeal to the Bilateral Donors (Finland, France, Japan, Sweden)

Section 5 Memorandum Submitted to Executive Directors and bilateral donors on Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal Regarding Access to Information and Parliamentary Discussion
        Gopal Siwakoti, INHURED International

Section 6 Supporters of Proposed World Bank Hydroelectric Dam Threaten Lives of Objectors, Nepalese Government Encourages Attacks on Citizen Activists
        Press Release of the Friends of the Earth-USA

Section 7 The Historic Decision of the Supreme Court in favor of the Right to Information on Arun III Hydroelectric Project

Section 8 International Solidarity on Arun III Campaign
     A. Letter of GLOBE to the World Bank
     B. International Non-Governmental Organizations
     C. US Congressman

Section 9 Nepal Government's Position on Arun III

Section 10 Miscellaneous
     Major Hydroelectric Projects Identified by the Government
     What Prime Minister GP Koirala Said about World Bank Two Years Ago
     Important Notice


     The World Bank has postponed the July 26 vote on the controversial Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal up to October 1994. Reportedly this is because the Japanese Government is reluctant to be listed as a donor until it is fully satisfied with the project. Japanese government's study mission is already in Nepal during the week of this compilation (July 31, 1994)

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