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Stand with Father Stan Swamy A live chat hosted by Teesta Setalvad

Watch: CJP secretary Teesta setalvad in conversation with, Human right activist and Jesuit priest, Father Cedric Prakash and, former principal of St Xavier’s College, Father Frazer Mascarenhas to discuss the arrest of octogenarian human rights defender Fr Stan Swamy. Related: Chorus for Fr. Stan Swamy’s release gets louder CJP, other groups, activists and citizens condemn Fr. Stan…

RajKumari Bhuiya

पितृसत्ता को चुनौती देती एक आदिवासी राजकुमारी कहती हैं कि वो एक माई (मां) हैं और धरती (जमीन) भी माई - इसमें पितृसत्ता कहां से आई?

पितृसत्ता, सिर्फ पुरुषों द्वारा महिलाओं के खिलाफ की गई यौन हिंसा भर नहीं है बल्कि एक ऐसी व्यवस्था है जो महिलाओं के जीवन के हर पहलू को नियंत्रित करती है। बचपन से लेकर बुढ़ापे तक। यहां तक कि उनकी कोख तक को नियंत्रित करती है। लेकिन पितृसत्ता का प्रभाव इतना भर नहीं है। इसमें हर…

CJP mourns the untimely demise of Dr. Abhay Xaxa His loss will be mourned by Adivasis and democratic movements across India

We, at CJP, had the privilege of working with Adivasi activist, poet and scholar Dr. Abhay Xaxa, who passed away on 14th March 2020. Watch this video to see a few excerpts from an interview in Mumbai, last year. Hul Johar Abhay Xaxa. Related: The Republic of Memory Lost Beautiful Damaged People Spaces of Higher…

Thousands of Adivasis demand the implementation of FRA 2006 To ask for their land rights and protest illegal evictions

Thousands of Adivasis, Forest Workers, Forest Dwellers and Forest Rights Activists gathered around the parliament, on 21st November, to ask for their land rights, demand the implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006 and protest illegal evictions in light of upcoming hearing in the Supreme Court.

Rajkumari of Dhuma: Fighting for her rights with a song on her lips Human Rights Defender

“Our struggle is neither against the dam nor against the brokers; we are demanding our rights. We are demanding our land” says Rajkumari, a fiery activist of the Kaimur Kisan Andolan, which is part of the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). Rajkumari Bhuiya from Dhuma has grown into an immutable voice who…

घातक हमला झेलने के बाद मेरा डर भी ख़त्म हो गया – निवादा राणा एक मानवाधिकार रक्षक के संघर्ष का अनुभव

वनाधिकार आंदोलन की लगभग 40 वर्षीय नेता निवादा राणा चार बच्चों की माँ हैं। उन्होंने अपने ऊपर घातक हमले होने के बावजूद पूरी दृढ़ता के साथ संघर्ष को आगे बढ़ाने का संकल्प लिया है।   जब वे हम पर वन्यजीवों को नष्ट करने का आरोप लगा रहे थे, तो मैं सब समझ रही थी; मैंने…

My fears evaporated after the near fatal attack on me: Forest Rights leader, Nivada Rana Human Rights Defender profile

In her 40s now, and a mother of four children, forest movement leader Nivada Rana not only sustained near fatal attacks, but has resolved to carry forward the struggle with more resolve.   When they accuse us of destroying wildlife, I am very clear; I tell them that they are spreading falsehoods. I tell them,…

Rajkumari Bhuiya

Rajkumari Bhuiya: Songs as her tool, Sonbhadra Forest Rights leader marches on Human Rights Defender Profile

Rajkumari Bhuiya is in her fifties now. A natural organiser, Rajkumari moves from one village to another with not just songs of protests. She has a song for everything that happens in the lives of Adivasis. Whether it’s a stormy night, or police atrocities, she moves gently through all the hurdles with a song, infusing…

Sokalo Gond: Adivasi warrior who defends her people Human Rights Defender

This is the story of Human rights defender Sokalo Gond who fights for the rights of her people, in Sonbhadra, a forested region of UP. She is one of the most important forces in the struggle for the implementation of forest rights act 2006 in Sonbhadra. Over the years, Sokalo has been working relentlessly with…

A daughter awaits her father, an activist working on the Forest Rights Act in Sonbhadra UP

Forest Rights: A daughter awaits her father’s return in Sonbhadra’s Lilasi Nexus of UP Police, Forest Dept. officials and brokers destroy Nandu Gond’s home

It was a windy day with fragmented, asymmetrical clouds spread across the sky. Yellow mustard plants swayed with the force of the wind, as did the wheat crops. We visited Lilasi village, a site of bitter conflict, even bloodshed, between state forces, the forest department and the forest dwelling community (Gond Adivasis). It was February…

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