Statement of Solidarity – August 31, 2019

We, members of the civil society organizations from 12 countries express our deep concern at the growing humanitarian crisis in Narmada valley, in Central India, where thousands of families are evicted without rehabilitation for the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada dam). We are also concerned about the deteriorating health of Medha Patkar, the senior activist, who is into her 7th day of indefinite fast.

The dam, initially financed by the World Bank, has been in the center of controversy for a number of things, including its poor track record of rehabilitation of the affected communities. We learn that flouting all policies and guidelines, nearly 32,000 families are yet to be rehabilitated while the dam construction has been completed and the reservoir is getting filled rapidly.

The Narmada struggle has been an inspiration to a number of organizations world over. Its relentless fight made the World Bank withdraw its financing to the project in the early ’90s, compelled the Bank to institute the Inspection Panel – the first accountability mechanism in any multilateral bank – and continues to inspire struggles world-over with its nonviolent struggle.

We stand in solidarity with the Narmada struggle. We demand the Government of India, and concerned state governments to address the demands of the struggle and avoid a humanitarian crisis.


  1. Alliance to Stop Mining, Philippines
  2. Arab Watch Coalition, Morocco
  3. Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente, AIDA – USA
  4. Bank Information Center, USA
  5. Bank Information Centre Europe, The Netherlands
  6. Barbara Bramble, USA
  7. Brent Blackwelder, USA
  8. Bruch Rich, USA
  9. Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka
  10. Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia
  11. Corner House, United Kingdom
  12. David Hunter, American University Washington College of Law, USA
  13. Focus on the Global South, Thailand
  14. Foundation Earth, USA
  15. Friends of the Earth U.S, USA
  16. Gender Action, USA
  17. Green Advocates International
  18. Green Advocates USA
  19. Inclusive Development International, Cambodia
  20. International Accountability Project, USA
  21. Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement, Senegal
  22. NGO Forum on ADB, Philippines
  23. Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition, Russia
  24. The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), The Netherlands.
  25. The Oakland Institute, USA
  26. Ulu Foundation, USA
  27. Urgewald, Germany