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UP police claim Kismatiya is Manju and is named in the FIR Sukalo and Kismatiya still 'missing' as police try new tricks to subvert law and extend custody

As human rights defenders Sukalo and Kismatiya still remain ‘untraceable’, the UP police are claiming that Kismatiya’s real identity is that of one Manju, who has been named in the FIR filed by the police. The All India Union of Forest Working Peoples (AIUFWP) has refuted such claims and said that this is one more devious manoeuver…

Where are Forest Rights movement leaders Sokalo and Kismatiya? UP Govt says both were released, though they remain untraceable for over a month

It was the second hearing of the Habeas Corpus Petition filed for the release of Forest rights movement leader Sukalo Gond and Forest Rights Committee (FRC) secretary Kismatiya Gond from illegal incarceration, and both couldn’t be traced and weren’t produced in the court either.   In a startling ‘disclosure,’ the Uttar Pradesh (UP) state government…

Adivasis in Chandauli, UP file Community Resource rights claims to Forest Land SDM caught unaware of FRA, 2006 as villagers brave adverse weather to file claims

On June 29, 2018, more than one thousand Adivasi people from 8 Gram Sabhas (GSs) in Chandauli district of UP filed community resource rights claims to forest land under Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 at District Magistrate’s office. This is a huge step given how these communities are being repeatedly targeted by police and other…

Sonbhadra Adivasis

Allahabad HC demands explanation for detention of Adivasi activists after CJP and AIUFWP file petition We are keeping #JungJaari to #FreeSukaloKismatiya

On June 8, 2018 Adivasi Human Rights Defenders Sukalo Gond (Treasurer of AIUFWP) and Kismatiya Gond (Secretary, Forest Rights Committee) were picked up in a clandestine manner from Chopan station, Sonebhadra, UP just as they were returning after a meeting with the state forest minister, Dara Singh Chauhan and Forest Secretary in Lucknow. Their names were not mentioned in any…

CJP and AIUFWP move Allahabad High Court to release illegally detained Adivasis Habeas Corpus Petition filed to protect Sukalo Gond and Kismatiya Gond

CJP is committed to upholding and defending the rights of all Indians, especially those belonging to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of society. With this in mind, we have been fighting shoulder to shoulder with Adivasis and forest workers in different parts of India, in our common quest for the implementation of…

CJP stands by the Adivasis of Odisha in POSCO In conversation with Adv. Devyani Kulkarni

The battle against POSCO, one of the most effective resistances the country has witnessed in the recent past is not over yet. The South Korean corporate giant has retreated from the region but the state doesn’t seem to have ended its war against the Adivasis who fought for their land. POSCO, the biggest foreign direct…

Sonbhadra Adivasis

Arrests of Adivasi HRDs in Sonbhadra, UP: NHRC Intervenes, assures Action With CJP as a driving force, AIUFWP leaders Roma and others meet NHRC Registrar and hand over a Representation on Illegal Arrests

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has intervened asking SP, Sonbhadra and the District Magistrate to explain their action of llegal detention of tribal women and men arrested from Sonbhadra, UP on June 6. All those arrested are active with the All Indian Union of Forest Working Peoples (AIUFWP). Roma and other representatives from AIUFWP,…

FRC Robertsganj, UP seeks withdrawal of “illegal” notice Notice over "illegal occupation of land" issued to Forest Rights Committee members

In the latest development in the forest rights struggle in Sonbhadra, the Sub District Magistrate (SDM) of Robertsganj has issued notices for “illegal occupation of land” to the president and members of the Forest Rights Committee (FRC). Notably, the people had filed Community resource rights claims, along with 16 Gram Sabhas (GS), on March 23,…

Adivasi Forest Movement leader Sukalo arrested

URGENT ALERT: Adivasi Forest Movement leader Sukalo arrested Even as UP’s Forest Minister assures Action on Incidents of Police violence, Police Carry Out Clandestine Arrests

Sukalo Gond, the treasurer of AIUFWP, along with Kismatiya Gond and Sukhdev Gond were arrested in a clandestine manner from Chopan station, Sonbhadra, UP just as they were returning after a meeting with the state forest minister, Dara Singh Chauhan and Forest Secretary in Lucknow on June 6. Sukhdev Gond is resident of village Lilasi…

Police Brutality against UP Adivasis

Police Brutality against UP Adivasis: NHRC assures action after CJP intervention DM Sonbhadra asked to submit report within three weeks

The National Commission for Human Rights (NHRC) has ordered the District Magistrate (DM) of Sonbhadra to conduct a probe into the incident of police brutality in which several women, children and others were attacked on May 18. They were beaten up after they staked claim to forest land under Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006, Uttar Pradesh. On…

AIUFWP urges Sonebhadra DM to investigate harassment of Adivasi women Demands immediate implementation of Forest Rights Act

Two incidents of violation of fundamental freedoms of Adivasi Forest workers took place recently in Sonebhadra, UP. One on May 18, in which as many as 12 Adivasi women from Lilasi village, Dudhi were seemingly falsely accused of cutting trees, and hence taken to the Nevarpur thana and harassed throughout the day by police. Another on May 22, when…

Assault on Fundamental Freedoms of Adivasi Forest Workers Arrests in Sonbhadra, UP

On May 18, even as the Workshop on ‘Community Rights Governance & Forest Rights Act, 2006’ (organised by CJP’s partners the All India Union of Forest Working People-AIUFWP) was underway, at Lucknow, one of the human rights defenders received a frantic call from the villagers of Lilasi, a small village in Dudhi tehsil of Sonebhadra district, Uttar Pradesh.…

Adivasi girl held captive and tortured by Chhattisgarh cop Girl's father abducted, forced to sign papers absolving perpetrator

In a shocking case of human trafficking, a minor Adivasi girl was held hostage by an Assistant Sub Inspector and his wife in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. ASI, Shailendra Singh and his wife Shashi, allegedly brought the girl from her village after promising her family that they will give her a better life, but instead forced her into…

Gujarat Lags Behind 14 States in Tribal Land Redistribution: Eklavya Sanghatan Tribals given pieces of paper with little legal value

A report released by Eklavya Sangathan, a Gujarat-based tribal rights organization, claims that Gujarat lags behind as many as 14 other states in ensuring that its tribal people get rights to forest land. The report is based on information released by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), that showcases the achievements of 20 states.…

आदिवासियों और वनवासियों के साथ फिर हुआ धोखा मोदी शासन के वनीकरण नियमों के चलते प्रतिपूरक वनीकरण निधि विधेयक वन-निवास समुदायों के वैधानिक अधिकारों का उल्लंघन करता है

ऑल इंडिया फोरम फ़ॉर फ़ॉरेस्ट मूवमेंट्स (एआईएफएफएम) के प्रवीण मोटे और देवजीत नंदी और कम्युनिटी फारेस्ट राइट्स – लर्निंग एंड एडवोकेसी(सीएफआर-एलए) से तुषार दास, संघमित्रा दुबे और राधिका ने यह पर्यावरण मंत्रालय, वन और जलवायु परिवर्तन, भारत सरकार, के लिए प्रतिपूरक वनीकरण निधि विधेयक, 2018 का ड्राफ्ट पेश किया है. यहाँ पर हमने उस ड्राफ्ट…

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