Conversations on Business and Human Rights from Around the World

Voices is a podcast series by the Institute for Human Rights and Business that takes the conversation on business and human rights around the world. In this series, IHRB staff members talk with activists, academics, lawyers, business executives, and officials in different parts of the world about how they see the business and human rights agenda and challenges in their part of the world.

Voices: Priya Pillai


In January this year, Indian officials at Delhi airport prevented Priya Pillai, a campaigner at Greenpeace India, from boarding a flight to London, where she was invited to speak to an All-Party Parliamentary Group in the United Kingdom about a controversial coal-mining project in central India.

Officials later said she was stopped from leaving because her activities were anti-national. She spoke to them anyway, using Internet-based technology. She sued the government for restricting her, and on 12 March the Delhi High Court ruled in her favour and strongly criticised the Indian government.

IHRB's Salil Tripathi spoke to Priya soon after the judgment. In the conversation she recounts the case and the reason why Greenpeace strongly opposes the coal-mining project. She points out that the campaign is rooted in India with wide support from Indian civil society. And she stresses the importance of dissent and why activism is universal.



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